“My name is Matilda Pearl. My life is a non-stop riddle I hope to one day solve.
I’ve learned to protect my heart; fate has dealt me more than a few shit cards in my twenty-two years. Invisibility tops my list, not to mention tragedy.
I was yanked out of a Paris-France life by my ass of a father, and thrown into a one year journey on a farm in Wisconsin. I’ve been assigned the impossible: Wife Catcher.
Simply put, until I replace myself I’m Mary Poppins, the beast tamer, ringmaster of the unruly, complete with twin toddlers and a beast of a man. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my three-ring circus.
“The Beast – Balthazar Cox – is repulsive…as in that sexy, I-just-died-and-went-to-heaven sort of repulsive. He walks the earth like he owns it, with his tatted trunk of a body and chiseled-rough, blazing good looks. The beastly Brit – did I mention that he’s English? – also happens to be my widowed brother-in-law, a man haunted by betrayal and abandonment, and for whom I’m on task to find a wife. If I succeed I’ll be rewarded with my juicy trust fund. And, yes, it will happen. You can keep your diamonds and designer clothes…. With my bag of loot, I plan on becoming the Patron Saint of Lost and Found Animals.
“When the past resurfaces more than once for both of us, all hell breaks loose. Can you be lost and found at once? In other words, sometimes lies can be cathartic. Some people heal us; some of us heal others.
“This is mostly a love story, an unlikely sexy romance with whiplash twists, boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed, and multiple risks of losing everything. It may have more heartache, and drama than some but in the end it’s about truth, discovery and forgiveness. Maybe it was wrong to fall for him. Or maybe the hole in his heart was always waiting for me to fill it. Now there’s a riddle for you.”
Tender, textured, suspenseful and triumphant. A mind blowing, fast paced, sexually-tense passion, that is an emotional ride of second chances, healing and redemption.
A full-length, standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, and mature topics this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
It's almost a book of two halves as we meet artistic and slightly kooky, Matilda, who has been persuaded by her autocratic father to go help her widowed
brother-in- law keep house whilst finding him a wife! Now Balthazar is described as beastly but from the start he is anything but. Yes, he and his adorable twin boys are perhaps a little wild and lacking in finesse but I didn't expect flowers on the table and throw cushions to aid ambiance. They are written almost exactly how I could imagine a household without a woman's touch. Laugh out loud moments abound as the antics of the twin boys bring colour to the proceedings and yet Balthazar and Matilda take it all in their stride. This part of the book is dominated by the chemistry the couple share and it's pretty obvious that at some point one or both of them will combust!
Now I mentioned two halves and the latter part of the book brought far more emotion, not to mention surprises. That chemistry? Boy have they started a fire and it felt as if the couple couldn't keep their hands off each other so expect numerous sexual encounters. Just so much is thrown in that I felt like I had whiplash! We learn about Balthazar's origins, the secret life Matilda had whilst living in Paris, and even why she feels so estranged from her father. I will be frank and say I didn't fully buy into the odd relationship between Matilda and her father, Everit, but will say Ms Wells tried to flesh it out.
My final thoughts are at times it felt stilted and lacked a certain flow. It's written from both main characters point of view but that worked just fine for this me. There are things that happen that had my jaw dropping, but it's apparently loosely based on the author's own experience's so, okay then.
Matilda is written a little bit too cute and clumsy at times but I cannot fault her motives. Balthazar didn't feel British to me no matter how often it was mentioned and the twins, Jinx and Jax, steal every scene they are in. Essentially this was a feel good book about family, moving on, and forgiveness. Oh, and of course love!
I was gifted a copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.