When an IED hit my unit, it set off a chain of events that transformed me. Gone is the easygoing and charming man whom everyone flocked to. I’m no longer the whole man I used to be, and I’ve accepted this darker side.
In my twelve years as a physical therapist, I’ve never been tempted to cross the line with a patient. That is, not until Viktor Prinz answers the door in his nearly-naked state. Seeing past the grief, I find the first man to make me want more.
Can Viktor find the strength to accept the cards he’s been dealt? Or will he run this beauty who stands up to him out of his life, never to return again?
I purchased this book from Free off Amazon May 2020.
Oh AJ!! I love your books!! I am so glad I saw this book and grabbed it the other day when it was a freebie off Amazon. This is a sweet novella retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I loved the twist of the story that Belle was actually the beast because she was pushing the “Prince” Viktor to get better. But in actuality Vik was the beast due to his grumpy disposition.
The story begins and we see a uber crabby Vik not wanting anyone around. He has lost his leg and his momma. Seems he is going to hide away then deal with the pitying stares of people he knows. His aunt informs him she has hired a PT to come and help him with his new prosthetic. He is none to thrilled and the way he answered the door pretty much sets the tone for Belle and Vik. LOL
The chemistry between Vik and Belle is off the charts immediately. They are both drawn to the firm yet caring souls of the other. She is like DUDE HE IS A CLIENT. He is saying NO HOT CHICK WOULD WANT THIS MESS!! We see the fun flirty banter and the respect they both form for the other.
When there is a miscommunication and then angry word, both are left wounded. When he see Vik take that step forward in hopes of more with Belle, I was so excited.
The story is a sweet novella, but I will say it wasn’t an insta-love because there was a lot of banter and chemistry to fill the story. However, seeing them both fall head over heals for the other when they finally confide their true feelings was a sweet read. The epilogue made ma laugh like all AJ’s books do!!
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Love in Scrubs series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Unlucky in Love, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.