(Endangered Hearts #1)
by Amanda Lance
Genre: New Adult
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
I was confused on which era and time the story was set in. The compositions of words were like from the 1800’s but at times it was from the 20th century. When she’s in the manor and when she’s in her Mom’s house, it’s like she’s in two completely different words, both figuratively and literally speaking.
Emilia is like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She has a heart of gold. She is sweet and kind but knows how to stand by what she believes in. Emilia loved things that weren’t well loved by others. She’s a sucker for damaged and flawed animals and also people.
While Kasper, has a bit of a stalkerish behavior. He was a bit creepy and perverse. Although I couldn’t blame him, with his past and experiences, maybe it’s the only way he knows how. His story wasn’t much elaborated and him not sharing everything suits his character. At least, the questions about his appearance were answered.
Their relationship wasn’t insta-love, at least I think it wasn’t. Though, I felt it was rushed. Their relationship didn’t grab as the way I hoped. The attraction was there but I didn’t feel much spark. But I guess if I were Kasper and for the first time, someone looked at you like a normal person and not flinches, you couldn’t help but love that person.
Over all, it was a nice read. Endangered Hearts is a peculiar and yet delightful retelling of Beauty and the Beast.A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.