Stronger (Inevitable Book 6) Kindle Edition
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I’m going to admit here that Stronger wasn’t my favorite out of the series. That is 100% due to personal preference than having anything to do with the writing. I’m all about the Hero and love a good Cinderella type story but I personally struggle when the Hero is in love with another woman while he’s with the heroine.
Dante has been dating Katie for a year now and he’s at the point where he is ready to propose. Unfortunately, Katie has had a break in her acting career and has been offered a roll on a sitcom. Looking forward to her upcoming celebrity status, she dumps Dante to move to LA and enjoy the spotlight.
Dante is heartbroken. He can’t believe Katie was so callous and dropped him without looking back when he was willing to do anything to keep them together. A couple months after she leaves he starts seeing pictures of her and a different guy in each photo, living it up in LA. He realizes he needs to move on.
This is where Cara comes in. Cara works for his best friend, Nick who also handles his investments. When Dante stops in to see him, he notices it’s Cara’s birthday. Cara admits she isn’t doing anything to celebrate and Dante isn’t having it and offers to take her out to dinner.
Dante just wants to do something nice for Cara and has no plans to start anything with her. She’s too young for him and doesn’t see her as a women...until she shows up for the date and she’s stunning. Seeing Cara all dressed up has really transformed her appearance. Dante is immediately attracted, but still has no plans of leading her on. When she kisses him at the end of there date he doesn’t see why he can’t enjoy a friends with benefits relationship with Cara.
What I thought would follow was a Cinderella type romance. Extremely rich man meets very poor, but sweet woman. He showers her with love, affection and beautiful gifts. (Insert record scratch) This is what really happens... Dante tells Cara that he would like to continue seeing her but he doesn’t want a relationship. It would be purely for benefits and they would see each other only once or twice a week. No commitment and oh yeah, let’s keep this on the down-low cause Nick won’t approve of us.
I’ll give Dante this much, he would have showered Cara with gifts, but Cara has enough self worth to not take gifts from a man who only wants to see her for the “benefits”. He hides their relationship, only sees her twice a week but completely on his terms. She never meets his friends or family and doesn’t even get to know where he lives and then pretty much dumps her when his ex comes crawling back.
Man, I really struggled with that. What’s kind of worse is Dante isn’t really a jerk. He sounds like one and the evidence sure is overwhelming but really his only fault is being in love with a manipulative woman and not being able to see past her to what he could have with Cara. Obviously, he comes to his senses eventually, but man, by that point I really wanted better for Cara.
Cara is the only reason I even enjoyed this book. She has had so many tragic things happen to her and so many people who treated her badly that I wanted her to get Prince Charming so badly! Why would Cara accept this from Dante? She’s had a huge crush on hm since she first met him and has decided she will accept his terms just so she can spend time with him. She likes him so much she was willing to accept his crumbs.
The ending soothes the ache I have for Cara and she finally gets her Prince Charming but he doesn’t really deserve her. Dante finally steps up and treats her like the princess she deserves to be treated and he knows he has a lot to make up for and he’s all in.
This is a warped version of a Cinderella story but I know there are a lot readers who like the real life version and will enjoy this book. ARC provided by NetGalley.
The plot of this book intrigued me. A young girl who is known for falling for the wrong man falls for an older man who has just had his heart broken. Sounds like there will be lots of drama! I was not disappointed. I really liked how the author developed this story and made it into so much more than it sounds in the blurb.
Cara is such a great character. I seriously feel like I watched her grow up in this book. While she is young, she has had to deal with way more than one person should have to. She has a personal journey she must go through in order to get to where she needs to be. This happens in this book. Then you have Dante. He is older and should be more mature right? Well for the most part, yes. He is also completely male and I am not sure I forgive him quite yet for his stupidity. I attribute it to his gender. He has some developing to do as well, but I honestly don’t think his is as important as Cara’s journey.
There is lots and lots…. and lots of heat in this book. These two character share some wonderful moments together. I think this story shows how some people can interact with each other when they come to a mutually beneficial agreement. I also feel it shows how those agreements can change throughout the course of time. I liked the scenes between these two characters and feel that the intimate scenes were satisfying.
I liked the writing style of this author. I felt she was easy to read. I liked the pace of the story. I feel the characters were written well (maybe too well on Dante’s part.) I feel some of the minor characters in this book must have had their own books before this. Looking it up online, I see that I am right and they do. I think I would like to go back and read this series then reread this book. I don’t think it will really add much to the story itself, but I feel it would give me a better overall experience with the book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a great read to help me relax from a long day at work. This book had me hooked from the beginning and I just had to know how it ended. I could actually feel my heart break at times in this book. I relate to Cara more than I thought I would. Great job!
Writing Style: 5/5