Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of A Man Like Him from Rachel Brimble in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!
Changing her life…again.
After two years in hiding, Angela Taylor knows her independence is worth it. As long as she can escape her past, she has everything under control. Until a flash flood hits the park where she works, and hot Chris Forrester shows up the exact moment she needs a hero.
Chris proves he can save lives—and weaken a girl's knees. But how can she make him understand that she's off-limits, that getting close to her will endanger his life? Her happiness or his safety: it shouldn't even be a choice. Because when you love someone, you protect them, no matter the cost. At least, that's what Angela keeps telling herself….
First Line: "Chris Forrester stared into the amber depths of his whiskey glass and gave a wry smile. The irony was painful. Drowning his sorrows in liquor. What a bloody cliché. He needed to get a grip. So his fiancée had been sleeping with another man for seven months. Get over it..."
Hummy nummy NUMMY!
Am I delusional from lack of sleep, or is this book just that good?
Prepare yourselves for a rickety rollercoaster of a ride! Pity, doubt, anger. Rachel Brimble sets the stage for yet another fantastic suspense and a fluctuation of emotions. But don't worry, the constant invasion of suspicion and fear has a perfect undertone of flavorful saucy romance.
We are first introduced to Chris Forrester; our broken, miserable hero. And when I say hero I mean hero. Within the first few chapters we witness a flash flood and when Chris sees children and parents being swept away, he tries to save as many people as he can.
Children lay silent in their parents' arms; grown men shook their heads, tears sliding over their cheeks unchecked...
Rachel Brimble will take your heart on a via dolorosa, friends. This devastation is depicted with such imagery and sorrow. We could end the book here and it would be a ★★★★★ read! Flash flood ain't got nothin' on the level 5 hurricane I'm projecting off my FACE right now! Chapter 1: Chris pulling children out of the water. Chapters 2-10: Chris still pulling children out of the water.
If you find a man like this, you keep him. No hesitation!
How can a man be this perfect? Oh wait... he isn't. Did I forget to mention that Mr. Perfect has a bad habit of running away?
Oooo yes, Mr. Not-So-Perfect is a runner. Fleeing is common for Chris, but when he sees Angela flailing helplessly amongst submerged furniture... he can't help but stay and help her. 😏
Angela has been hiding from her ex-husband, Robert. He wants to kill her. (Talk about bad luck with men) This sweet girl has finally found her independence and now the one place she loves is in ruins. Now where is she going to hide?
TV crews circle the park as the flood washes away remnants of life. In a panic, Angela shields her face in the comfort of Chris' arms. If he sees her face... it's guaranteed death. Wait, who is this Chris fella? Why is he here? Does he know her ex?! Angela seems to think so, and her judgement of scum lickers is quite accurate. When Chris showed up all of her paranoia resurfaced again. Angela's doubts are so high, we might as well blame Chris for the flash flood, too. 🙄
Angela is afraid and she should be because Robert does see her -- on TV, in the papers -- and he is coming for her.
Maybe he did know Robert after all. Suspicion rose raw and ugly in her conscience and her weakening defense slammed back into place...
Slowly, Chris wiggles his way into Angela's life and her heart. Against Chris' persistent pleas, Angela wants to face her killer. Chris wants her to leave town. *snort* Of course he does, that (sweet, handsome) coward. But for once, should they run?
God, please, don't let her stay here and face him. Have her run. Have her run as far away as possible.
How is Chris going to protect Angela? Is he going to convince her to run like he's so accustomed to doing? He's not off to a great start by smothering her, telling her what to do, and making executive decisions about her life... Calm down, Mr. Not-So-Perfect, and let the woman breathe! #BackOFF Now that Angela's heart is entangled in this mess, she only wants Chris to be safe. She would do anything for him to act on his runner tendencies and protect himself from her ex-husband's threats... she wants him to leave her alone... but love is making this man all sorts of backwards! Run, Chris, RUN!
The timing is absolutely terrible, but for once Chris doesn't want to run away. So the only way to protect him is for Angela to go after Robert herself.
Friends, A Man Like Him is deliciously intoxicating. Two people. One on the run. One in hiding. Chris is perfectly damaged, a little senseless, and a whole lot dreamy! Angela goes from living day by day in her secluded little dome, to facing her one enemy. As Chris transforms into a protector, Angela begins to trust again.
Sleep? Ya RIGHT!
Prepare for a restless night, because you will not want to put this book down!