They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great . . . as long as you don’t die.
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.
Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.
Little do they know someone’s determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
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At sixteen, a girl's biggest concern should be what color dress to wear to prom and what courses to take for her future. Not for Haley Tremaine. After a terrible accident, she struggles to cope with her mother's death and a father spiraling into his own demons. Plus, she has a younger sister to protect.
When the handsome Chris Charming, a boy who seems to have everything, starts to show interest, it's not the best timing. Even worse, there's someone who is determined to bring down Chris's family while teaching Haley's a lesson. Chris and Haley get caught in the middle. Will they be able to save those they love?
I'm all about strong female characters. Haley faces abuse and loss at a very young age. There are no easy answers, but she finds a way to protect her sister and keep her father as stable as possible. That is until a madman gets involved. Even when she is scared, she fights to do the right thing; she knows how to dig deep.
In addition to packing intense emotional moments, this story has many creepy twists and turns. There were moments I was literally holding my breath as I waited for the story to play out.
Charming is a modern, and wicked, spin on the classic Cinderella story. It engages your heart and mind, while also keeping you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend it to readers looking for something unique, but with the added benefit of being familiar.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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About the Author
Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.
The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe us).
Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
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