Endangered Hearts by Amanda Lance
Genre: New Adult
Emilia Ward is being watched.
And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.
After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.
Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher and interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.
About the Author:
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.
Endangered Hearts is the modern-day love-child of Beauty and the Beast and Pride and Prejudice – two of my favorite romance stories. No one breaks into song, or speaks with a British accent, I think? but the characters are just as pompous and baffling stubborn as their predecessors. Emilia and Kasper are unlikely suitors, so much so that even at the beginning of their shared attraction, I didn’t feel or get their passion. However, as the story progresses, it begins to fit. Kasper is forced to soften in front of Emilia and her natural protective nature makes doing so much easier.
I really enjoyed Lance’s description of Kasper’s grandiose home. It mirrors Kasper’s appearance, it’s disheveled entrance masking the beauty inside in comparison to Emilia’s small and unhappy home. I appreciated being able to be present for both Kasper and Emilia’s thought process. Kasper’s chastising of his often thoughtless remarks were a riot! If you ever wanted to know what Beast or Mr. Darcy thought of themselves upon meeting their future loves, I suspect they were a lot like those of Kasper Zafar.
My favorite characters usually lie in those that are in supportive roles. Mrs. Levkin, while seemingly cold initially, really warms up and takes to Emilia, making her feel at home in the mansion.
I give Endangered Hearts 4 stars!