5+++ Xanthe Love Stars
This is one of those profound books that takes your breathe away. A totally new author for me, and I've sworn to try some new authors this year. Although Kelli Jean isn't new she is to me. Sometimes I like to read smutty reads, other times I love to read short and sweet reads, I can enjoy angsy reads and then there are times I want PURE GOLD, a book that takes me places, takes me to the Unknown to a place where I can dream and where it gives real depth into the story so I truly know all characters involved. Yeh this is that book...
So what's it about?
Xanthe is a fantasy erotic author under a pen name keeping her identity secret she's very quiet, introverted to the world yet she has a close knit bunch of friends and family around her. Still she keeps herself secret until she decides to become known and show her face for the new book that's just been released. Plus she wants to meet her Donovan (hero) in her book come to life for her readers. Except her first meet with Oliver doesn't go as planned. Ollie is Donovan on that cover and he's also a photographer and model in his work. So he's well known in the public eye, he is also a ladies man! He is known for his manwhore ways among the public eye. But Xanthe gives him the benefit of the doubt and let's him in, gets to know him and finds herself in the process..
"I've never felt this way about anyone either," she said, her voice barely above a whisper. "I want nothing more than to hand you everything that I am."
Do you judge a book by its cover? (I'm a book whore) so I'd say sometimes I do and it's easy to do that right? Yet Ollie sees what Xanthe is, her true character, how beautiful she really is. In many ways these pair aren't fit you could say that, yet beauty is what's underneath and in the most weirdish way these two fit together perfectly.
"Xanthe was a Pandora's box of wonderment."
I'd say though Ollie knew what he wanted from get go, and Xanthe knew love so they learnt from each other gradually over time and became each other's half.
The Special moments
What I loved though was that Ollie was all MANNNN he knew his body well and when they got down to it boy did his Alpha ways come out. And then that unleashed Xanthes sublime character, gah those moments were intense, raw and beautiful.
"My home. My true self. My reflection. My everything."
The only thing I suppose that I had a problem with was the length, in longer books you can get bored and breakdown of communication can occur. So there were the lulls and the highs. But you got to see them learn their ways, struggle, laugh, enjoy, and above all love.
Would I recommended this.. Yes 100% yes I highlighted the whole damn book, the way the author explained things, how one chapter leaded to the next. It really was a page turner and I'm heading for a book hanger I don't really have time for LOL.
Just know this, this book is a standalone contemporary romance but it is also a good set up for books to come. This is giving us a look into where Kelli is taking the rest of the series.. So yes you can read it as a standalone but I'm really looking forward to where Kelli's going with this and from what I've read and seen so far eeeek I'm jumping up and down at the thought.. #JustSaying.
Take the plunge guys and read it.
ARC generously gifted in exchange for an honest review