My Rating: 5+ of 5 stars
I’m a sucker for a story with substance; one that’s not afraid to show the grittiness of a situation and invites you to dive deeply into its meaning. A story that can generously entertain while conveying a positive message…and I found all this and more in a book I least expected to — Vain.
Meet Sophie Price — she’s beautiful, rich, self-centered, and (you guessed it) unbelievably vain. Her parents are wealthy, powerful, and completely neglectful and cold. Her father’s main concern is for Sophie to ‘keep up appearances’. Sophie’s inner dialogue will cause you to roll your eyes and her heartless actions will make you cringe and question just how someone could be so shallow. But one thing remains true for Sophie: she, just like everyone else, is capable of redemption–should she choose it.
I will not go into intricate plot details as the surprise of the story, although not necessarily suspenseful, is truly unique and makes for an interesting read. But I will say that Sophie is spontaneously ripped out of her element and thrown into a place where people no longer worship the ground she struts on. A place she’d normally consider as being far beneath her…but it is here where she’ll discover her true self, no matter how painful or difficult that may be.
Ian, ‘Dingane’ is strong, caring, and dedicates his life to helping others. He knows all about people like Sophie and is determined to put that ‘spoiled rich girl’ in her place. While he succeeds in doing just that, he also finds Sophie’s soul in the process. These two had a sizzling connection and I adored their initial ‘cat and mouse’ antics.
“How can someone bug the shit out of you so much yet simultaneously cause you to want to know them intimately with your tongue?”
I could not have been more surprised nor inspired by Sophie’s incredible transformation. Not only is this story wonderfully written but it also stands as a reminder of what’s truly important in life. It is an eye-opening journey of a beautiful girl owning and mending the ugliness within. The endearing cast of characters will get inside your head and live in your heart. It’s one of the unforgettable ones, and I absolutely loved it!
“Promise me you’ll give it all to God and let Him decide it for you. He’ll gift you no regrets.”
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/New Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild steam/Sexy
▪ Romance: Adorable and heartwarming. Slow-building connection.
▪ Characters: Realistic. Hero was charming, while heroine slowly builds her way there.
▪ Plot: Unique, inspiring, and emotional story. Huge turn-around in initial tone.
▪ Writing: Fresh and engaging. Completely captivating.
▪ POV: First person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None
▪ Next Installment: Separate story in the Deadly Sins’ themed series.