Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out...
Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.
Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.
While reading Mr. North I kept wondering where this amazing story was heading, it kept me in suspense and surprised the heck out of me, from the very beginning. I’m a huge fan of authors that know how tell a story as if spinning a web, one that captures our imagination or rather, traps us in it. About halfway through the story I had to text a friend to tell her I was reading an incredible book and the only thing I could say about was that it was a total mindf*ck.
Beth Dreymon, twenty-seven, will be graduating from Columbia University in a few months. She has a part time job, earning enough to barely get by, all her time is spent focusing on the bar exam. When her wealthy friend, Thalia, offers her a part-time job, it seems too good to be true. It’s playing chess, three times a week, for six thousand dollars with a shut in on Park Avenue. No funny business, she’s assured, just chess and conversation. She’s skeptical and refuses immediately but Thalia tells her to look over the folder, with all the information she needs, before saying no. And the shut in happens to be Raphael North, an almost mythical socialite billionaire, that hasn’t been seen or heard from in years. When she sees something in the folder, a handwritten plea on the back of a page, she calls Thalia and tells her she’ll accept the job.
“Look. I just want to play chess with an actual human being. Nothing weird. Nothing underhanded. Nothing intense or unpleasant for either of us.
Send me someone real.”
There have been all kinds of rumors, innuendos and theories as to why Raphael North hasn’t been seen in years, including some that claim he died. But he is alive, despite all the rumors of his demise; he’s just chose to become a recluse. The thirty-one year old owns North Industries, makers of medical breakthroughs, and ranks as the fifth richest man in America. He’s also very charitable; he’s given away the patent and trademark to an epi pen, so it would be available to low-income families, free of charge. But he is very peculiar, as his driver tells Beth.
“I’m used to Raphael’s strange idiosyncrasies. I’m sure he sounds like a complete fucking lunatic to other people most of the time.”
As they begin to spend more time together Beth realizes there’s a mystery surrounding Raphael, one that haunts him and has him living in a sort of self-imposed limbo. But she has secrets, too, and doesn’t want them known, either. Who will break first? Too many things don’t add up or are what they seem. And Thalia has a hand in this, too.
“You can’t tell me you’re not attracted to him.”
“I can’t tell you that. But there’s something about him, Thalia. Something broken. He’s a nuclear bomb and his wiring’s all fucked up. At some point, a circuit is going to short and he’s going to blow. The fallout will be devastating. If I allow him properly into my life, it’ll only be a matter of time. Something’ll happen. Something awful will happen. He’ll lose his mind or he’ll break my damn heart, and I can’t do that right now.”
This book is so fast paced; you don’t even realize how long you’ve sat reading, until you reach the very end. I wanted to vent, rage, and scream loudly, at several points in the story. This is bound to happen when you get genuinely invested in a story. Sigh, I loved it!
“There’ll come a day when you see me the same way I see you, Beth. You’ll feel like your eyes are opening for the first time in many years. You’ll feel your heart stutter and slowly reawaken inside your chest. You’ll realize you’ve been asleep at the wheel for so long that you no longer know which direction you’re driving in. When you get to that point, you’ll realize that nothing and no one can come between us. No one can stop us from being magnificent if we refuse to let them. Trust me. Believe me. Give me a chance.”
Mr. North by Callie Hart
Release Date: November 16th
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