Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him.
But Kari doesn’t know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache.
When young Kari first sees Neil, she has no idea who he is. She spots him across the street from the tattoo shop she has started working at and he is making out with some girl in blue high heels. Kari finds herself staring and quickly nicknames him the “Mad Kisser”. She comes to find out that he is her boss’ son but little does she know that he will turn her world upside down.
Neil is instantly attracted to Kari and asks her out after she finishes giving him a tattoo. Kari views herself as broken and troubled and feels like her life is ruined because of a foolish mistake that now haunts her. She tells Neil that she does not date. This does not deter Neil at all. He is sweet, kind, generous, and oddly intuitive about Kari.
“This guy. This. Guy. He’s going to break my heart.”
As their relationship blooms Kari invites Neil to meet her mom. It is this night she learns a secret about him and when we also learn that he is 26…this threw me off a little because Kari is only 17. I know that age is only a number but he is much older, has a fabulous career, and is caring for his sick mother. It seems like so much for this supposedly broken girl to handle. Over the course of what is about a week these two fall madly in love with each other, change who they are, and one is willing to give up everything for the other.
The story was sweet and I enjoyed reading it. Personally I couldn’t get past the whole age thing for some reason. I did like that they story wrapped up at the end so we know what happens for them.
About the Author
Rucy Ban was born in 1978 and still continues to thrive. Ever since she first met Francine (the protagonist of her favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Rucy fell in love with the written word. Rucy has a B-school degree in Marketing which she now puts to good use teaching lovable rowdy rogues and negotiating with her equally belligerent adolescent. In her previous avatar, she handled corporate communications for companies. At present, Rucy lives in Sao Paulo, travels often, speaks decent, if not quite fluent, Portuguese and really hates talking about herself in third person.