by Samantha Towle
on October 1st 2016
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From New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Towle, comes a new sexy, romantic suspense standalone novel...
Daisy Smith has spent eighteen months of her life paying for a crime she didn’t commit. Now out of prison, she has only one focus—to get back custody of her younger brother, Jesse, who is deep in the foster care system. Desperate to rebuild her life and show the system that she is responsible enough to care for Jesse, she takes on the only job available to her—working as a maid at the Matis Estate.
On day one of her new job, Daisy meets Kastor Matis, the only son of the owners and her new boss. An enigmatic, handsome Greek god of a man, Kas is closed off, cold, and…well, kind of a bastard.
The more time Daisy spends around Kas, she starts to see there might be more to him than just his cold, bastard ways. He may actually have a heart beating in that frozen chest of his.
But Kas has secrets, too. Secrets that he’s determined to keep.
Secrets make Daisy curious.
And you know what curiosity can do…
This book resonated with me emotionally. I loved Daisy’s journey as a character.
I knew going in that it’s going to be an emotional ride based on the premise alone. Daisy was wrongfully imprisoned by a crime she didn’t commit and the consequences was devastating. She lost not just her future but her brother as well.
When she got out, her goal was to get back on her feet and get her brother out of foster care. When she was offered a job as a cleaning lady for a wealthy family, she jumped at the chance. She’s determined to get the job done and get her brother back, and not even her asshole of a boss is going to stand in the way.
Kastor Matis is the son of the owner of the family estate that Daisy is going to work for. He’s essentially Daisy’s boss. He’s handsome, wealthy but acted horribly towards Daisy at first. And he definitely wins first place in the hot & cold award category. The man was a mess. I will admit that he has a good reason for being a mess but still, I was happy that Daisy called him out on it, which made me like her even more.
Daisy is easily one of Towle’s most likable heroine. She’s flawed but you just can’t help but root for her. She also has a lot of insecurities. But these insecurities make so much sense considering what happened to her. Plus she has a plan, and I love me some heroines with plans.
I loved the angst that came not only from Daisy’s own insecurities but from what Kas was hiding from Daisy. And when everything was revealed, I admit, I was surprised. I only guessed half of what Kas was hiding. I never thought his secret was that huge. And it was a game changer. It was huge.
I liked the small elements of suspense littered throughout the book especially in relation to Kas. However, I felt like there are a few loose ends that I can’t help but think about. But that’s just me being anal about plot threads not being properly closed.
Despite that, I liked this book so much. And that ending was really satisfying. I also liked how this book was essentially Daisy’s journey from being a victim of other people’s whims to a person who owns her life. And I loved that.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.