Author: Misty Provencher
Series: Crossed & Bared #1
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Hale Simmons’s life is already bottoming out and she’s only eighteen. Struggling on welfare, while trying to keep her alcoholic father on track, her dreams of having a better life fade a little more each day.
But, when her dad witnesses a brutal accident at the bar one night, it changes the entire course of Hale’s future.
Thrust into an arranged marriage with Oscar Maree, the playboy son of a wealthy man, Hale must learn to trust a stranger to give her the life she’s always wanted.
First, Hale needs to figure out if love can ever happen by accident.
-sigh- Hale Maree is one of those books that is really hard for me to review. Actually, it’s hard for me to even explain why it’s hard for me to review. Okay, here it is: I loved this book, but I didn’t want to. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Misty Provencher and know she’s a wonderful writer, but … well … it melted my icy heart, alright? Happy now? It made me feel all swoony and happy and lovey-dovey for a situation I didn’t necessarily want to feel all that stuff about. So, well played, Misty. Well played.
Hale’s dad comes home one night with a man she’s never seen before, they’re both drunk and talking total inappropriate craziness. They are discussing her marriage to a guy she has never even heard of, but figures it must be the alcohol talking, so they won’t remember anything in the morning. No such luck. Hale is thrown into a marriage she wants no part of. Or does she… ?
Hale is eighteen and lives with her drunken father in a rundown neighborhood. She’s never had a boyfriend, but not because she doesn’t want one. I found it kind of funny as to why she never has. I felt bad for Hale, but I loved that she had her best friend Sher to make her laugh and be there for her. Hale has an innocence about her that I liked, even though I expected her to be a little more rough around the edges, given how and where she was raised. She’s also a lot more forgiving of her father who would bring home skuzzy drunk buddies, causing her to have to sometimes lock herself in her room.
Oscar is a total yum muffin! He’s sweet, kind, caring, sexy, and stinkin’ rich! Since the story is told from Hale’s point of view, we don’t get as much insight from him. However, the author does a good job showing what a great guy he is. Sometimes he would irritate me, but then make me laugh two seconds later. It was so easy to feel what Hale was feeling when it came to Oscar, and I loved feeling the walls come down to let him in. This was such a sweet romance born out of a crazy situation, and had some smokin’ hot moments, too. Loved it!
Hale Maree is a very quick read that will leave a smile on your face. This is the perfect book if you want something sweet and totally swoony with some nice explicit content (always a bonus). Read it.