I’ve read some other Callie Hart books, so when I got the chance to get an ARC of Mr. North so that I could read and review it, it was a no-brainer. I’m really glad that I did. It was a great story and it hit a lot of my happy buttons. It was twisty and turny, it was a helluva roller coaster ride, and it was kinky af. It was also full of suspense, well-written, and kept me guessing. All good things.
So, to the story. Beth is a law student at Columbia University. She’s just about to graduate and take the bar exam. She’s broke, dealing with a lot of student loans, and may have to move in with the brother she doesn’t necessarily like. That’s when her friend Thalia drops an opportunity in her lap. Thalia is running a company which lets people hire others to come and be their companion for a while. Get your brains out of the fucking gutter, not that kind of companion. The person that Thalia wants Beth to see is just looking for a chess opponent and someone to talk to. In return, she’ll get $6k for it, which for a starving student, is a helluva lot of money. The man who is hiring is named Raphael North, and he’s one of the richest people in the country.
Raph was in the public eye for many years, but in the last 5 years, he’s rarely seen. There are all kinds of rumors about him, like that he actually died in a car crash, his board hired doubles to stand in at meetings and a zillion others. Raph is looking for someone to come talk to him and play chess with him at his home. He doesn’t want anything else (or does he). He just has one requirement. He doesn’t want any blondes, so it’s a good thing that Beth is a brunette.
Thalia sets up the first meeting, and off Beth goes to meet Raph and play chess. There are a lot of things that Thalia tells Beth, including don’t beat him at chess. Well, that one didn’t last for very long. She has a game with him and then meets his friend Paxton, who obviously dislikes her. He dislikes her so much he tried to buy her off.
Alright, time to go our separate ways. Seriously, the sex scenes, most of them, are kinky. Very good kinky. There are some really sad bits, some really angry bits, some bits where I wanted to curse at various characters, and times when my heart was in my throat. While there was a very satisfying HEA, the journey to get there was nearly heartbreaking. It’s on special for $0.99 right now as well as being on KU, so go catch it while you can.
OMG, can we just talk about THE CHAIR for a minute? You know the one I mean. That’s just fucking awesome. I mean, who doesn’t want a custom made fucking chair that’s made to their precise dimensions, can be put into a variety of positions, and has buttloads of tiedown points? It’s good to be a billionaire.
While most of the twists kept me guessing, I did guess that Raph has problems with leaving the house, but that’s because I live with an agoraphobic, so I recognized it from various things that Thalia said. I didn’t guess why he had problems leaving the house, but it made sense.
I really, really intensely disliked Beth’s brother from the very start, and I’m so glad that my first impression of him was correct. He was all into the whole I have a penis and I am right syndrome, if you ask me. Or he could’ve just been a douchelord. Or both. I’m willing to go with both.
OK, I think that I’ve had my say on this one. If I keep going on, I’ll let spill everything. If you want to talk to me about it, you know where to find me. We have all kinds of good books coming up, so watch this space. I won’t be blogging on Thanksgiving, but I have good stuff leading up to the day and after. My version of Black Friday features Sara Fields. Meanwhile, happy reading!
PS, if you are looking for one of the most mindfucking books you’ll ever read, check out Crowned By Hate.