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ARC Review: MR. NORTH by Callie Hart


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Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out...

Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.

Captor.

Curator.

Lover.

Enigma.

Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is it weird that for most of this book, I was strangely fascinated by the endless games of chess played by Raph and Beth? I’ll admit that I’m a chess novice. I never really had any real interest or passion for this game. But after reading this, I’m thinking it was more lack of a worthy opponent than the game itself that bored me. I figure if I had someone like Raph at the other side of the board, the game would seem a lot more interesting.

Not to get into the plot but Raphael North and Beth Dreymon were complete opposites. He was a man raised in privilege and his intellect had made him a powerfully successful man in his own right. Beth came from a more modest upbringing and hadn’t reached any of her goals yet. She was almost finished with law school and her life was just beginning. They meet, they fall for each other, there was some suspenseful action involved, and a happy for now was to be had.

Raph was mysterious, compelling, sexy, rudely charismatic, and damaged. What wasn’t there to like? I loved how he manipulated Beth right where he wanted her. I loved how his pain seemed so real and how it had shaped him. I just loved this man. My only disappointment with this story was with the ending. I wanted MORE! Regardless, Callie Hart never fails and I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a hot and steamy romance with a few twists thrown in for good measure.

Release Date: November 16, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Dual - 1st person
Heat: 4 out of 5
Type: Standalone

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