Synopsis: Daniel’s got everything figured out. He makes a good living as an artist … mostly through offering “private shows” to the wives of local wealthy businessmen. He never stops playing the game and never lets anyone touch his heart. But when his current fling offers him a few hundred an hour for art lessons for her reclusive, college-dropout daughter, Daniel finds himself forgetting his own rules. The girl is rude. Insulting. Incredible.
And she sees straight through him.
Stella is hiding from the world, not because she wants to, but because crippling panic attacks await her every time she tries to live a normal life. She’s determined to push everyone–including her handsome new art teacher—away. But Daniel makes it utterly impossible. The guy is irritating. Mocking. Magnetic.
And makes her want things she knows she can never have.
What starts as a battle of wills turns into passion, where giving in means facing the things that scare them most.
Review: This is a bit different from her other novel, Spiral, but in other ways felt the same. I still liked how she addressed the issue of both lead characters of this book. Although I still felt that the male lead, Daniel has still some issues needed to be sorted out, but all in all it was carefully weaved together that it felt that both of them had grown.
Daniel was talented artist and good looking, too. He used both these skills to earn for a living. Aside from giving them art lesson he also sleeps with them in exchange for money. Until one of his clients, Liza, asked him to help her daughter by teaching her art. He found Stella, the daughter, quite interesting so he agreed to teach her. But the more they spent their time together the more his feelings for her were developing. And he didn’t want to get involve with anyone because for him, it will make things complicated and he already liked his situation just fine.
Stella on the other hand stopped schooling and shut herself from every one. She was afraid of going out because of her condition and she hadn’t told to her parents about it yet. So when her mother hired a guy to teach her she was really uncertain. She didn’t need it so she decided to piss Daniel off. But instead of giving up on her, he remained by her side. And because of that she started to fall for him, too. But what stopping her were his background, her mother, and her broken self.
In many ways, this book is like the other ones. Two young souls and how they met in the middle and helped each other to slowly move on. But what I liked about it that even the simplest gestures can help a person break out of his/her shell. It can help this person with the problems he/she was facing. I liked how persistent Daniel was to help Stella. And while Stella was still struggling most of the time, I was really glad for her when she decided to make things right again. And these baby steps she did were what I really liked the most.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance, particularly how the two of them had developed. I didn’t like how their interest had effortlessly morphed into romance. They were interested, that I saw but how it developed to a much stronger feelings doesn’t really sit well with me. But I do like Daniel for her. She was right, he’s good for her. I liked that Stella overlooked his past and now trying to have a fresh start with Daniel.
Preview Quote: ““And she likes what she sees.” She loves what she sees. I’ll never forget that moment, not if I live a thousand years. ” — Daniel
Mila Ferrera lives in New England, where she has a family and a job and does various normal, everyday things, all while plotting novels in her head. She has a passion for writing new adult/adult romance featuring psychological twists and tortured heroes. Her own psychology internship involved plenty of consultation, but alas, no sexy Swedish doctors, and her decision to make one up is what sparked her self-publishing adventures. She’s the author of SPIRAL (available now), ONLY BETWEEN US (9/3/13), and EVERYTHING BETWEEN US (11/5/13).
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