Author: Amanda Lance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Release Date: 20 February 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
I went into this with no clue what this story was going to be about, but within the first couple of chapters I quickly figured out that this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with added elements of a couple of classic, dark gothic-type romance stories (Jane Eyre and Phantom of the Opera).
I was tickled by Kaspar's reaction to Emilia; he's absolutely baffled that she's not put off by his appearance (well, not overly much, until he removes the mask) and confused as to when they start to become friends, so it was easy to see how his feelings developed for her, but I found it hard to understand what it was about Kaspar that drew Emilia to him in the first place. Physical appearance aside, he was just an all-around jackhole.
This is, by far, one of the most unconvential romance stories I've read, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see how this will all play out.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.