Series: More Than Words #1
on April 10th 2017
“I can’t be with someone who wants revenge more than they want me.”
FINAL DECISION: If you allow yourself to get over Maxon being a major jerk, this book is a wonderful journey for his character. He learns what is really important in his life. His relationship with Keeley is rough and imperfect and finally wonderful.
THE STORY: Maxon Reed is a man on a mission — to get a deal from his estranged brother. Maxon is willing to do just about anything — including finding a woman to distract his brother. When Maxon meets Keeley Kent and there is an instant attraction between them and he knows that she is perfect for his plan. After convincing the reluctant Keeley to give his plan a change, Maxon spends weeks tutoring Keeley in exactly how to appeal to his brother. The problem is that every moment they spend together brings Maxon closer to realizing that Keeley is perfect for him. But will Maxon give up his plan of revenge in order to get the girl himself?
OPINION: I don’t mind heroes who are jerks in the beginning of a romance book as long as they don’t end up that way. Maxon is a world class jerk (though his brother has him beat). Intensely competitive with his estranged brother, Maxon clearly has no morals about using people (despite his belief that he does). His competition with his brother is primary — before friends, before love, before anything and everything. The good news is that this book just throws Maxon’s world into disarray. It never goes where he plans. And he ends the book a better person who is capable of love.
Keeley is almost the opposite of Maxon. Altruistic, emotional, willing to help and do anything for those she cares about. I like how she operates as Maxon’s guide and conscience in many ways. While we get a bit from her point of view, the book is really about Maxon’s journey (because he is the one who really needs the help). Keeley is more of a free spirit than the career driven Maxon, but she is also happier.
The relationship between Maxon and Keeley is complicated by Maxon’s own inability to understand what he wants and needs and how to get there. I enjoyed seeing Maxon breaking down. He has a nasty background which doesn’t excuse his behavior but makes it more understandable. The focus in this book is really on Maxon getting himself right and how his relationship with Keeley is the catalyst for that.
I enjoyed this book more as I got into it (Maxon was hard to like at first). By the end of the book, however, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book also introduces the romance that is the subject of the second book in the series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: MORE THAN WANT YOU is the first book in the More Than Words series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.