Reclusive author, Xanthe Malcolm, likes her private and quiet life. However, when her wildly-popular series Paranormal Hunters gets picked up by a big-time publishing agency, she’s thrust into the limelight alongside sexy, photographer-turned-cover model, Oliver Fairfax. Upon meeting, the chemistry between the quirky writer and arrogant model quickly intensifies, creating a steamy page-turner of events made for romance novels.
Then comes the plot twist.
Xanthe has secrets that have kept her bound to silence.
And the truth has Oliver questioning every unspoken word.e’s danger that neither of them can escape.
*The author provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
The story between Oliver and Xanthe really needs to be told. It’s sexy and beautiful and enigmatic and romantic and just right. Reading this did things to me. For real. There were so many feels going all around when I read this, it was amazing! #XanLi all the way! (What do you guys think of this ship name, btw? I like it nice enough.)
The story starts with Xanthe knocking Oliver over at an airport as she rushes over for her flight, the same one that he’s supposed to be taking so that he can be the model for the cover of her book. Xanthe recognizes Oliver immediately and gasps his name when she sees who she rammed into, but Ollie dismisses her thinking she is just one of those groupies who’s more interested in him due to his face than his talent. The kind that he absolutely. However, on the flight, he realizes he may have come off a little too rude and decides to make amends.
Xanthe and Oliver talk and the spark is instantaneous and they fall for each other hard. Their trip to New York is filled with dinners and walks and coffees and a lot of innuendos and tension in the air. Their bond continues to strengthen and all the time Oliver is unaware that he is modelling for Xanthe’s book cover. She’s an up and coming author, who writes under a pen name and doesn’t publicize her looks due to an incident that happened with her a few years ago. In the beginning, she keeps quite about her identity because she wants to get to know Oliver and because he wasn’t all that receptive of the book he was modelling for. But, as they talk, Oliver realizes that his view point may have been wrong and the way Xanthe explains to him makes him look at the story in a new light and falls in love with the story. Despite numerous attempts at trying to tell him who she really is, Xanthe fails. So, it comes off as no surprise that Oliver feels betrayed when he finds out that Xanthe is in fact Elaine Ford at the convention they’re supposed to be attending together.
He flees the event and leaves Xanthe in a fit of rage, asking her to never see him again, to fend for herself in front of numerous fans who couldn’t wait to meet “Donovan”. However, he realizes his mistake soon enough and does everything in his power to earn Xanthe’s trust back. They fall back into a relationship soon and when they’re together, it’s beautiful.
As the story progresses, their relationship deepens and they fall stupidly in love with each other. But, there’s things that Xanthe is hiding from Oliver that make him feel edgy. Also, with a delusional maniac on the lose, who’s already harmed Xanthe in the past, Oliver gets more possessive than ever. Can their relationship withstand meddling friends, a nosy grandma, a stalker and secrets?
Oliver, the hero, is absolutely fucking hot. There’s no other way to say it. With his beard and his strong build, he’s a real looker. He’s temperamental and hot blooded and possessive. A down right alpha male, if you ask me. It’s been a while since I’ve read about such an amazing alpha male, let me tell you that. He isn’t afraid of going after what he wants and will stop at nothing to make it his. He’s also an amazing freakin’ kisser and he’s hot in bed. As if you didn’t already realize that 😛
But, he’s also a gentleman when he wants to be. He’s sweet and he’s thoughtful. He brings Xanthe her favorite flowers all the time and leaves everything in a heartbeat to be with her. She’s his Project of Love – Ten Thousand Words to Xanthe. That thing he does, his ultimate grand gesture to win Xanthe over absolutely melts my heart. The love he possesses for her is so deep, pure and passionate that there’s no escaping it. He adores his mother and is smitten by Xanthe’s great aunt. His best friend is his brother in everything but blood. So, yeah, his family is important to him. There’s not much he wouldn’t do for them.
Xanthe, the heroine, is really amazing. Her character is well thought out and flows beautifully. She’s dealing with the loss of her mother and grandmother. They’ve been dead for sometime now, but they’re always with Xanthe, her biggest supporters, her protectors and her shelters in her heart. She’s smart and quirky and love to immerse herself in her little world that she’s created, which consists of her best friends, her dad and her great aunt. She’s feisty and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She’s a little quick to judge people, but doesn’t hesitate to give second chances. This is a quality that I absolutely admire in her as a person. She is one of the strongest persons there is. After an incident that left her recluse, she still picks herself up and goes about her life. That in itself is a great thing and just goes on to show how strong a person she is really.
She complements Oliver beautifully. It’s as if they are truly made for each other. And, post the initial hiccups they had, they make a stunning couple s madly in love, it melts your heart every time you read about them! ❤
The story is exceedingly well written with great characters and an amazing flow bringing out the story line phenomenally. The elements of suspense in the story don’t hurt either. If anything, they add a lot to the plot.
I would recommend this story to all the die hard romantics out there because it’s absolutely amazing! 😀
“I’m not bothering with you, Xanthe. I belong with you.”
“Every morning, we’re going to wake up like this, all right?”
“You already hold all that I am.”
- Oliver Fairfax
Born and raised in Miami, Kelli Jean traded the tropical heat for the arctic. Now she deals with twenty-four hour daylight in the summer, zero sunlight in the winter, and believes the Northern Lights make up for the mind-boggling amount of ice and snow she has to put up with for seven months out of the year. She’s surrounded by mountains and ocean and sheep, and claims her bizarre sense of humor is what keeps her sane.
The insane don’t know they’re insane.
Kelli uses her imagination to create worlds she can escape to from the mundane tasks of everyday life, such as washing the damn dishes and vacuuming up Legos off the floor—and don’t get her started on the mad amount of cat hair on the end of the couch. She gave up on that a long time ago. When the household goes to sleep at night, she writes down everything that happened in her head while doing such tedious chores. But she enjoys living in her own head, so that’s pretty cool.
Technology terrifies her. She can barely turn on a computer, and was completely shocked when she’d actually written a book on one. To this day, she has no explanation for this baffling mystery. It took her three years to realize she can take screen shots of messages and pictures of bearded, tattooed men with her phone. Now that she’s mastered this task, her phone is slowly dying, and she’s nervous that she’s going to have to buy a new one and it will take her another three years to learn how to use it.