Belle lives her life from day to day, nearly crippled by her social anxiety. But if you ask anyone in Levi about it, they'd say she's a sweet, quiet girl who works hard to keep up her family's small ranch while holding down a job at the bookstore. No one knows that beneath her smiles lay a shy introvert who wants nothing more than to stay at home. It was easier to stay alone, stay isolated. That's when she was the happiest. But during one thunderstorm, all of that changed and she met the first man she ever actually wanted to spend time with.
Leo made a habit of avoiding people when at all possible. Getting tied down, making friends, having a life only meant suffering. The darkness that followed him since his adolescent years never left, not really. It'd show up and ruin any hint of happiness that came his way. Running from his past and the brother that cursed him with this demon, Leo never expected to find something like home in the little country town of Levi. And he didn't expect one storm to bring him to the barn of a girl with fire in her eyes and a face as beautiful as a sunrise. A sunrise that could chase away all the shadows.
What do you do when you just want to stay in your house and forget the world . After wearing a mask for the day Belle battles with social anxiety but she hides it very well behind a mask of happy smiles . But that all changes one night while during a thunderstorm she finds a man in her barn trying to stay out of the rain . That night changes everything for Belle and the man she found Leo. A man who has been on the run for so long , he never expected to be met by a sweet girl that took his breath away . But with the demons of his past will they be able to have their happily ever after .
The characters are well written and complex . Belle is such a sweet girl but she hides a secret that cripples her . Social anxiety is such a hard thing to deal with . She has a mask that she slips on that has her saying yes and trying to be a people pleaser when she is at work and out . You really want to wrap her up in a blanket and tell her that everything will be ok and we can work through it together. She does really grow in the story and it seems like she starts to come out of her shell and when with Leo , she is a fiery independant woman . She still battles but it seems like she is starting to fight instead of just coping .
Leo well he is such a mystery, he is a loner and there is so much more to him . He is fighting his own demon since he has been a teen . He is sweet and well kind of sexy and is attracted to Belle. He seems to be a calming influence to Belle and actually really doesn't sugar coat anything with her . He seems to bring her out of her shell and they are really good together , such a sweet couple . But when i say that you must remember that they are two damaged people surviving .
I settled down to read this book and was so sucked in by the end of chapter one , The characters are so well written . I really loved Belle she just kind of struck a nerve with me, she kind of reminds me of a couple of people i know . Even myself a bit . The story will have you laughing and crying . I did ugly cry in parts of this book trust me you will ugly cry too. Just so you know this is a clean read but it so doesn't distract from the story or the characters . There are a couple of spots where i did feel like the story did kind of dragged but over all the story kept me reading all night long and on the edge of my seat most of the time . Leo and Belle will worm their way into your heart , the book does end on a cliff hanger and i can't wait to see how it all works out for them . So if you want a sweet book check it out .