by Alana Albertson
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
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Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.Isabella—Grady Williams is a national treasure, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, America’s scarred superhero. With tattooed arms sculpted from carrying M-16s, this bad boy has girls begging from sea to shining sea to get a piece of his action. When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking Devil Dog—I will pretend to be Grady’s girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady’s war memoir. Grady is fearless. Hell, this badass jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines! As much as I crave him, I refuse to allow myself to become addicted to a dangerous man who will detonate my heart.
Grady—Isabella Cuesta is an angel who can see beyond my mangled skin, a pawn used to repay her father’s debt, a woman who makes me feel like a man instead of a monster. But I no longer believe in fairy tales. She’s mine until our contract ends. I’ll take her hard and rough, listen to all her hopes and fears, lay down my life to protect her. This beauty will never let herself love a dangerous man like me—a man who has killed, a man who runs towards gunfire, a man who never backs down from a fight. But without her love, I’m not a man—I’ll remain forever a beast.
Beauty and the beast. Reality star and the scarred marine. A modern twist on an old classic.
Grady is a hero but being a hero came at a cost to him physically and emotionally. Women like the idea of being with a hero but the cold light of the day brings the harsh reality and they run.
Isa, former reality star, is just trying to make her way through college, until her father 'borrows' her college fund. Forced to find the funds from elsewhere, Grady and Isa come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.
The after-effects of war are at the forefront here and it is an eye opener. It is dealt with a sensitive way. Both of these characters are broken and bring some sort of peace to the other. This was an emotionally charged read and one that hooked me into their story straight away.
BEAST MUSIC PLAYLIST
Grenade by Bruno Mars
One by Metallica
I'm Not Giving You Up by Gloria Estefan
Tale as old as Time - by Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack
If You're Reading This by Tim McGraw
One Hell of an Amen by Brantley Gilbert