Published – June 16th 2015
Classification – New Adult Romance
Summary – Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.
Let It Be Me is one e-book I downloaded for FREE from BookBub. And let me tell you: this is probably by far my favorite contemporary romance I’ve read so far this year!
Thank you, Barbara Speak.
First of all, JUST LOOK AT THE COVER! Just look at it. (Here are more pictures of the cover model – you are welcome.)
I know, I know, it looks like an erotica novel cover. But I promise you it is not.
The man on the cover is supposed to be Canyon. Hot, muscular, cowboy, bull rider, 22-year old Canyon.
The thing about Canyon, in my opinion, is that he is absolutely perfect. It is like he can do no wrong. He calls her Ari which is adorable, and I can hear his personality when he drops ‘woman’ in his sentences. I swoon every time he does that. (Although a bit later in the story he starts dropping ‘girl’ instead of ‘woman.’ Dang.)
What I like the most is that he never did anything that hurt Arianna. They had the ultimate romance. He is the definition of a perfect boyfriend.
And what I liked about Arianna was her confidence. She knew who she was; she didn’t over think things. She obviously had a troubled past and some hidden secrets we as readers don’t know about until the end, but she doesn’t dwell on it. Instead, she is strong and does the best she can. And her younger sister, Shelby, was too cute for words.
The one thing that got me was that their age difference was never brought up. Canyon is 22 and living on his own. Ari is 17 (turning 18) and finishing up her senior year of high school. I’m not saying I don’t think that there can’t be that age gap, just that it was never really mentioned. However, Ari is super grown up and they were very mature as a couple, and nothing physically happened with them until she was of age. (sorry, a little spoiler!)
Besides the individual characters themselves being absolutely lovable, so was their relationship. What started out as a conflicted first impression of each other turned into a friendship. From there they realized how much strength they gained from being with each other. Ugh, the whole time I felt their undeniable connection and love for each other.
I was so glad that the book wasn’t any shorter than it was (it was over 900 pages as an e-book on my tiny phone – 309 pages as a paperback). It was so hard to put down and I didn’t want it to end! I’m super grateful that Canyon and Ari’s relationship didn’t end on a cliffhanger.
Let It Be Me rose to the top of my favorite list!