Once upon a time, poor little rich girl Zelda Madison wanted someone to love her, until she discovered being a badass was much more fun.
Ten years after getting kicked out of convent school and torn away from her three best friends, Zelda has worked hard to clean up her act, but her wild streak has never been completely tamed and — one midnight swim on Manhattan Beach later — she’s suddenly in urgent need of a knight in shining armor…
Hard-working legal aid attorney Tyrone Sullivan is the last guy she should call. Not only does he hold a grudge when it comes to Zelda leading his little sister astray all those years ago, he’s also supremely pissed about having to rescue a runaway supermodel from a Brooklyn police station at two am. But when Ty reluctantly agrees to bust Zel out of her ivory tower and let her hide out on his house barge for a few days, she shows him the wild side he didn’t know he had.
Zel discovers there’s nothing hotter than tarnishing a good guy’s armor… Until he starts to steal her bad girl’s battered heart…
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
I do love a bad girl story, especially one who has no need of redemption because she’s busy rescuing herself, thank you very much. Zelda is a woman with a reputation. Even as a teenager she was the one most likely to be blamed when it came to bad behaviour, but once she was expelled from her convent boarding school and taken away from her best friends, Zelda really came off the rails. That’s all behind her now, five years behind in fact. Not only does she not take drugs anymore, but she doesn’t drink either and has fully curbed her destructive behaviour.
Though not her impulsiveness – which is how this story opens, after she takes an impromptu dip on a public beach at midnight and gets caught. I really liked Zelda and the way she’d turned her life around. I especially liked that she was still playful and impulsive and a little out there despite everything else she’d been through. Sure, she’s a poor little rich girl, but she never acts like the world is owed to her. In fact she has very little self worth, yet she’s also strong and determined and fun – even if she doesn’t see it herself.
Which is just what Ty needs – someone who is his complete opposite and prepared to shake up his life. Don’t get me wrong, Ty’s a great guy – smart and protective and a crusader for underdogs and the poor – but he’s also a teensy bit sanctimonious with it. So I loved how being with Zelda changed him, or rather opened him up to a different side of his own life and made him question some of his own decisions and judgements. He does things for Zelda too, and I loved their trip to Coney Island. And he lives on a houseboat, which gives him plenty of bonus points in my book.
Quick and engaging, with a nice amount of heat, a sweet romance and a couple of characters I could really get behind, I thoroughly enjoyed this retake on Rapunzel. It was fun and cute and had just the right amount of emotion without ever going too deep. I can’t wait to read the next in the series, if only to see big brother Seb unravel before Mercy.
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