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The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.
Rafe Walker gained fame while in the Army when he was photographed for a Military Calendar. Afterward, modeling contracts rolled in but he found his life in California lacking and longed for a change.
Accepting an offer to work as a groundkeeper for a shut-in one summer, near his family in Virginia, he jumps at the chance to return to his roots.
But as he got to know the enigmatic woman, he began to desire a more permanent change with her.
But secrets abound between the two and when they are revealed, will he have lost his chance for a new forever?
Subject matter is similar to what you would find in an R-rated movie. Please be advised, for 18+ readers.
Once again an intriguing book by Maryann. Rafe has to decide what he wants out of life so he goes back home from his job as a model. He takes a landscaping job for, he thinks, an elderly shutend. He is surprised to learn she is actually a young wounded warrior.
I loved how Rafe and Eleanor’s characters worked through many issues. Will they be successful?
It is a great read to find out! Second in a new series and so looking forward to the other stories.
I have loved all of Ms. Jordan's books, but this series is truly touching my soul. The loose reference to the fairy tales and the stories are absolute perfection.
Rafe and Eleanor's story is one of incredible loss and tragedy and digging deep to overcome so much pain. This story definitely should be read with a box of tissue handy. The tale will run you through every emotion. Eleanor has so much strength and when you first meet her, you don't realize what an incredible person she is and what a strong woman she is. I loved Xander's book and Rafe's book just takes it to another level for me. The beauty and the beast play of this story was absolute perfection.
I love the group of guys that Ms. Ethel has raised. This is such a special group of stories. Ms. Jordan gets better with each book. I always think this one is my favorite and she always tops it the next time out. This is a definite must read series!
Beauty and the Beast
Rafe, former military, makes his life as a model. Tired of life as a model, the falseness of it all, he decides to take a break. He leaves LA to come home to his brothers and foster mom. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, he takes a job as grounds keeper to a shut in. His dad worked outside to create beauty, so he decides to put the skills he learned as a child to use. Rafe only has a few rules to follow. He can't go close to the main house or contact the shut in....
Eleanor, former nurse in the military, lives life as a shut in. Injured while serving and tired of the whispers, she decides it's better to live life alone....until Rafe. After an accident forces Eleanor out of her comfort zone, she realizes how lonely she is. Her friendship with Rafe soon means "everything" to her. Knowing that Rafe is leaving at the end of the summer, she decides to make the most of her friendship and experiences with Rafe.
This novel is the second in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. I love the beauty and the beast theme! I enjoyed that Rafe and Eleanor's friendship came first. The suspense at the end only added to the excitement. I read a gifted copy, but all opinions stated are my own.