A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood # 1) By Talia Hibbert
Publication: March 14th, 2018
Genre: NA Romance
Everyone has secrets. He wants all of hers.
Meet the man next door…
After years of military service, Evan Miller wants a quiet life. The small town of Ravenswood seems perfect—until he stumbles upon a vicious web of lies with his new neighbor at its center.
Ruth Kabbah is rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news. Thing is, no-one will tell Evan why. Does she perform ritual sacrifices? Howl at the moon? Pour the milk before the tea? He has no clue.
But he desperately wants to find out. Because Ruth doesn’t seem evil to him; she seems lonely. And funny, and clumsy, and secretly quite sweet, and really f*%king beautiful…
The more Evan’s isolated, eccentric neighbor pushes him away, the more he wants her. Her—and all her secrets. Because there’s no way a girl like Ruth truly deserves the town’s scorn.
… Is there?
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I am trash for Talia Hibbert. This book was sickeningly sweet and I loved it. Hibbert is killing me with how adorable these men are. They treat their women amazingly. This story is about Ruth, an autistic plus-size black girl, and Evan an ex-military guy who loves to cook and care for those he cares for. It’s a small town. You know those small towns where everyone knows everyone and if you do one thing deemed terrible you are the next Hester Prynne. Evan is not one who cares for what people say so he is very confused why the town treats Ruth like her and her sister are the plague. But he wants to know her but Ruth is more icy and apprehensive. But Evan is patient and kind so he warms his way into Ruth’s heart and life. Guys. Guys. Guys. Evan Miller is a treasure. A literal treasure. The way he treats and cares for Ruth is so beautiful. Something goes on in my heart when a girl is cold towards a guy but he is a softie. As I said Hibbert always handles things with care and autism is another that she handles with care. Read this if you want your heart to burst.
I love her writing so much. The sex scenes as I said are not cringy and this time took a little longer. But, for this couple that made sense. I loved the slow-build that we experienced with Ruth and Evan. They way Hibbert describes things just makes my heart ache. Like the way, Evan looks at her or touches her. The stakes in this book were a little higher in this one especially with wanting to know what on earth made this town dislike Ruth. Miss Talia knew how to keep me on edge for that and when it was revealed I wanted to just cuddle her. I am so done with this author owning my heart this way but it looks like I won’t be stopping anytime soon.
Ruth is a girl with so much spirit but so much pain. I loved her. She had been through a lot and she felt that she deserved it and she did not. I loved her geeky love of comics and how sure of herself she was but how insecure she could be at times. She had great character growth that made my heart smile. Evan is a sturdy man who has a wonderful heart. He is truly a good man. He wasn’t the ass hole alpha male type but he still had some alpha male attributes that I loved. He has such a caring heart and he is truly a good judge of character. I loved how he didn’t make Ruth feel like she couldn’t handle herself but he was still always there for her. He is a true gem.
DEAD. Like on the floor. In a puddle. Questioning life. Like where is my Evan Miller? Where? Where is he? I will scream from the rooftops until all of you who love NA, contemporary, or romance read miss Talia Hibbert’s books. You are missing out on some HIGH-quality romance. It is not cringy and it is filled with so much healthy love that makes me squeal and gives me weak knees. Evan and Ruth are too much for my heart to handle.
“The way you look at me sometimes,” he said. His voice was low. She shouldn’t have heard him over the running taps, and yet the deep rumble seemed to vibrate in her belly.
Evan liked her wariness. It made every inch of her trust a reward.
Ruth was not just a beautiful woman. She was the woman who’d made him want so badly, and with so little effort, that he’d completely lost control.
It wasn’t a solution, but then, Ruth wasn’t a problem.
“If you don’t come back here, I’m coming to get you.”
Sometimes her mind spit out recycled epithets instead of actual thoughts. Sometimes her mind was someone else’s weapon.
“There are some things you don’t get over. You just accept them, and keep breathing. That’s enough.”
“You know, I’d love to. I’d love to figure you out. But I need all the pieces before I can assemble the puzzle.”
“But I can promise,” he continued, “that I will always treat you as you deserve to be treated. That I will always respect you. That I won’t lie to you or betray your trust. I try not to say never, but I will say this: hurting you is something I would never choose to do. I swear.”
“No,” he said. “It’s just, I want to do things with you. Not to you. There’s a difference.”
Because allowing yourself to be manipulated by a man like Daniel wasn’t a crime, and you never deserved to be punished.
I want to take everything you have to give, and I want to think that I deserve it.
“What’s scandalous is you in my bed, naked, and completely hidden from view.”
Evan sank slowly to his knees beside the bed, his eyes traversing all the hills and valleys of her body—and then repeating the journey again, slower, as if to savour certain parts.
“You can touch me.” He looked up, his eyes hungry. “Anywhere?” “Preferably everywhere.”
More importantly, it would grow back. It would recover. Things usually did.