Meet Willow and Kane in the newest stand alone
by Harper Sloan!
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Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'
And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I'm completely imperfect.
And ... I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
“Are you nervous right now?”
“Tell me why.” His demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him. To open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
“I’m not perfect,” I whisper.
“And neither am I, Willow. I don’t want perfect. What so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. Perfect isn’t achievable naturally. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect.”
I’m shaking my head before he’s even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection. It’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.”
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing. How am I supposed to respond to that?
“Do you trust me?” he asks, his voice strong and sure.
“Yes, Kane. Nerves or not, I do.”
“Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.”
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way I’m quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of. His warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue. I do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system. I’m all in.
I'm a firm believer that unless you've experienced some of the things expressed in this book you won't be able to fully understand the message that the author is trying to convey with this story.
Since we are little we learn that society has certain stereotypes of the way we should look, the way we should dress, the way we should act, and unless you fit those stereotypes you're not going to fit in with the in crowds. Peers, some "friends," even family members are going to be there to remind you that you don't fit the standard and make you feel like you're not good enough.
In Willow's case, it was her stepfather and sister. The way the treated her and humiliated her cut her deep, a beautiful young woman started seeing herself under a negative light and drowning her sorrows the best she knew how. She ends up marrying a man who she thought she loved, but said man who she thought was a knight in shinning armor, was nothing more than a selfish clown who took more jabs at her self esteem, leaving her even more broken.
But sometimes all it takes is one person to help us see the light, to help us bloom into the beautiful soul we are meant to be, someone who loves us for exactly who we are, faults and all. In Willow's case, that person was Kane.
Kane Masters, a famous movie star, is a man who knows what he wants and what he wants is Willow Tate. Soon he starts showing her the beauty that is within her, that her value is on her inside and the the outside does not reflect the amazing woman she is.
These two characters were very well written and shared a deep connection. The author did a fantastic job developing the story and bringing some issues to light that most people have but are not comfortable talking about.
I LOVED this story, there were parts that made me ugly cry, so many things I understood all too well, so many things I've lived for most of my live. It's incredible sad to me that the people that are supposed to love you, protect you and support you, are the people that at times will be putting you down, and making you feel less than the amazing human being you are.
Like Willow, we can be resilient, people and situations may put us down, but we have the strength to get up and see the potential hidden within us, to be better, to succeed, to shine.
About the Author
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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