by Alana Albertson Publication Date: June 14, 2016 Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Love doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be true.
Isabella—Grady Williams is a national treasure, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, America’s scarred superhero. With tattooed arms sculpted from carrying M-16s, this bad boy has girls begging from sea to shining sea to get a piece of his action. When my father squanders away my college fund, I make a deal with this dirty-talking Devil Dog—I will pretend to be Grady’s girlfriend for the Marine Corps Ball, and my dad will write Grady’s war memoir. Grady is fearless. Hell, this badass jumped on a grenade to save his fellow Marines! As much as I crave him, I refuse to allow myself to become addicted to a dangerous man who will detonate my heart. Grady—Isabella Cuesta is an angel who can see beyond my mangled skin, a pawn used to repay her father’s debt, a woman who makes me feel like a man instead of a monster. But I no longer believe in fairy tales. She’s mine until our contract ends. I’ll take her hard and rough, listen to all her hopes and fears, lay down my life to protect her. This beauty will never let herself love a dangerous man like me—a man who has killed, a man who runs towards gunfire, a man who never backs down from a fight. But without her love, I’m not a man—I’ll remain forever a beast.
Grenade by Bruno Mars
One by Metallica
I'm Not Giving You Up by Gloria Estefan
Tale as old as Time - by Beauty & the Beast Soundtrack
If You're Reading This by Tim McGraw
One Hell of an Amen by Brantley Gilbert
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Michelle / Scandalous Book Blog***
This book had me within the first few pages !! Grady's story brought out so many emotions in me, his story is so sad but has you shouting at him to realise how amazing he is and what he has gone through. He risked his life to save his platoon only to lose his best friend in the process. His scars run so deep, not only his looks change dramatically he is also dealing with PTSD. His self worth is at zero and as much as he has woman dropping at his feet he feels its out of pity and they never last longer than one night ! Grady's life soon changes when he meets Isa at a fancy dress party, feeling confident as he has a mask on he soon has Isa eating out of his hands and takes her back to his place for his usual one night stand.
Isa has her own issues after tragically loosing her mum she decides to walk away from her celebrity lifestyle as a famous dancer. She is nearly in her last year at college when her father drains her account of her funds. Isa knows he has been drinking and struggling since her mothers debt and his career as a writer has suffered. She only has 2 options, either return to her dancing or after her one night stand with Grady try and convince him to let her father write his memoir.
Grady's confidence is low and believes that Isa is only with him for the book deal, he doesn't believe she could actually have feelings for him but he makes her a deal as being his pretend girlfriend that she cant afford to refuse. They are both dealing with their own issues that get in the way of real relationship happening. Isa is not like the rest of the woman that Grady has had a one night stand with and she cant deny the feelings that she has for Grady but can she make him see what she see's ??
I absolutely loved this book, the pace of the story was fast but in a very good way. Alana managed to make me feel like I was reading a true story which had made me have tears in my eyes most the way through. Obviously my favourite character was Grady ! Bad boy marine who has muscles on top of muscles with so many insecurities he just makes you melt. Highly Recommended you wont be able to put this book down.