By Lan LLP
Published: September 30, 2016
Genre: Adult fiction, Contemporary romance
It started as a mother’s dying wish…
CEO James “Max” Reid is a confident, self-made billionaire who thoroughly enjoys the fruits of his labor and success. The world sees him as a materialistic asshole, but not his ailing mother. She knows there’s much more to her son than his arrogant façade. Desperate to help Max discover who he truly is, she persuades him to make her an unbreakable promise. “Give from your heart, not your wallet.” He has no choice, but to fulfill her dying wish.
It started as a family’s aspiration…
Emilia Vitalia Young is the girl-next-door people can’t help but fall in love with. She comes from a family that believes happiness comes from putting others first. When an unexpected tragedy strikes, Emilia is left with an incurable heart, her family business, and a large inheritance. Being the sole survivor, she takes it upon herself to keep her family’s aspiration alive.
What happens when fate gives them a clean slate?
Encountering Max at an orphanage in Vietnam changes the course of both their lives. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but Emilia errs on the side of caution, fearing more heartbreak would destroy her completely. With a clean slate, it’s up to Max to put someone else before his own needs and desires. Can these two broken souls find a way to repair their damaged hearts?
J&M's Book Diaries rating:
I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC of Clean Slate from Lan LLP. I was so excited to read this just from seeing the cover photo. The protagonist Emelia is beautiful and our Alpha-male Max is swoon worthy- gorgeous! I appreciate how Lan immediately shows us her vision for each one of her characters in all the books she’s written. It makes it so easy for me to dive in to the story with a picture of the characters already in my head.
Right off the bat, I was impressed! I was super attracted to Emelia Young’s witty personality. She's beautiful, kind, generous, smart and funny. The relationship & banter she has with her family and friends were so relatable to me. I absolutely adored her!
Maxwell Reid, CEO, he is your typical Alpha-male. Enjoying his uncommitted life, money, and business. That is until he made a promise to his dying mother to open up his heart and offer himself for a worthy cause. After leaving his mother he rear-ended Emelia. She didn’t react as most people would, instead she offered him sympathy when he obviously was in the wrong. She then left without giving a name or number. She made such an impression on Max he couldn’t get her out of his mind for months.
The passage in the book gives so much meaning to our characters.
“When ever I have a shitty day, wipe it clean, scrap it, and do it all over with a new chalk color and clean slate”. For all their loss and struggles in life and relationship, Emelia and Max did just that.
This book was fun & makes a good read. Emelia and Max relationship flowed so easily. Their wasn’t much drama that the characters didn’t understand and figured themselves out. As much as I love all the heartbreak and drama, this story gave the easy-going love and relationship which is definitely a good change for me. Now I’m sad that their story has ended, I was hoping for a release of a 2nd & 3rd book.
(*I was given this ARC to read for an honest review*)