Oh how I do love me a beautifully broken man. And Maxwell Black is most definitely that. Such a tormented soul, but such a hauntingly beautiful being all at the same time. This man has had such a crap hand dealt to him in life. He was definitely ready for a ray of sunshine to enter his dismal life.
Enter Elle. This feisty little creature that captured his attention from the first glance, even if he knew that he didn't deserve her- he couldn't help but want her more than his next breath. I think his feeling of self-loathing is one of the things that made me feel so much for him. The fact that he didn't feel as though he was entitled to Elle, he felt like he had to earn her trust and love.
As terrible as Maxwell's past had been, Elle's just about matched it. While hers had not been quite as horrific and violent as his, it had been no less horrid and bleak. The things she had endured, due to the actions of her own father, were things that no daughter should have to face. No child should be forced to give up so much to help a parent who refuses to help themselves.
One of my favorite things about the entire book was the library aspect. How sexy was it that Maxwell is the town's librarian, who only wants to share his love of books with the public?? OMG!! Heart and panty melting. I do love a man with brains and brawn. And Maxwell Black most certainly had both- in spades. The things he did to protect Elle, their future, and the happiness that they both deserved- were things that any woman would be lucky to have her man do.
I cannot wait to get more stories from the mind of this fiercely talented author, and can only hope that I don't have to wait too long!! 5 stars!!
Black by Aria Cole is NOW LIVE!
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A beast, alone with the horrors of his past, the scar on his face a constant reminder of the man he’s become.
A beauty, on the run with her life in a tailspin, finds herself on his doorstep seeking protection.
Deeply misunderstood and dedicated to his life of brooding solitude, Maxwell Black is hesitant to let Elle McKellan into his home where his hideous secrets hide. But he’s unable to resist the allure of this desperate stranger.
Soon the magnetism between them is undeniable, the temptation unbearable. Elle, reluctant to risk losing her heart to this dark and broken man, struggles against the sexual tension, only to surrender to the combustible heat between them.
When Elle’s life catches up to her and threatens to tear them apart, Maxwell will protect the precious love he’s found by any brutal means necessary.
Black is a sexy, modern spin on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale and is intended for mature audiences.
About the Author
Aria Cole is a thirty-something housewife who once felt bad for reading dirty books late at night, until she decided to write her own. Possessive alpha men and the sassy heroines who love them are common, along with a healthy dose of irresistible insta-love and happily ever afters so sweet your teeth may ache.
Aria's new release BLACK is the first in her modern fairy tale series. For a safe, off-the-charts HOT, and always HEA story that doesn't take a lifetime to read, get lost in an Aria Cole book!