It’s funny, but there are very few stories I’ve come across that pick up the lives of its main characters from the point of ‘recovering’ from something as common today as an eating disorder. Especially one that is actually worthwhile as both an adult romance and a semi- ‘day-in-the-life’ drama. In “Xavier’s Loving Arms” however, I felt not only drawn into the romance and hesitations between the main characters, but also completely charmed by almost all of the secondary and even tertiary characters!
Author KT Grant has the gift of providing a tantalizing back-story for and empathy with all characters without abandoning the reader’s connecting to the main story and, most particularly, with Becca. Added to that, I loved the recurring theme of ‘not noticing what was right in front of you’ (with Xavier and even Devdan, our villain, guilty of this).
While the sugar-rich love scenes are enough to make you either tear up or heat up veerrryy nicely, and are more than enough for any RoLo (i.e. Romance Lover)… or Sugar-addict… to enjoy this book, the fact that this is an interracial love story that is truly JUST a love story should make it a Keeper. That Becca is Caucasian and Xavier African American is, amazingly, neither shoved down your throat nor ignored, and is, instead, gently honest. No, neither Becca nor Xavier is completely perfect, physically, and sometimes, mentally. That makes this a love story in the sweetest sense of the word, because it starts and ends with love, not divisors.
Overall, the characters made this story as, throughout, their reactions and situations were so well done that you could literally them as real, as real as you and me. The novel was short enough to read in a day, but full enough to think it a day well spent, and did not leave you hanging as to what becomes of our heroes. However, there were some few things that might have been done differently. The most influential of these was that I’d have liked to see more facets of the main characters in different settings and facing TOGETHER situations outside of each other’s comfort zones. This was most evident in the lone and sometimes victim-like projection onto Becca’s character from the combination of financial difficulties and a possessive Ex (whose ability to terrify her was never fully addressed nor explained outright in the story, curiously…). Yet her awareness that accepting large aid from others would have consequences she might not be willing to repay struck home. Perhaps some might call it pride or hubris, but it was understandably the type of thinking I believe most strong women would share, to know what they are and are not willing to give up for that ‘peace’. Honestly, with these as my only real detractor, does the question even need to be asked whether I liked the "Xavier" enough to read again? To take a leaf from author, the answer is right in front of you.
Xavier Marks has the looks, great job, and more than enough money to throw around. The only thing missing is a woman by his side. He hasn't had much luck in love since he caught his fianc‚e' cheating on him, and isn't too happy about his current bachelor status. But that may all change when a cute barista from a coffee shop catches his eye. Perhaps she can help him lick his wounds?
Life hasn't always been too kind to Rebecca Price. She hides a shameful secret that still threatens to destroy her. With a grandmother suffering from dementia, and the threat of foreclosure on her childhood home, she may have no choice but to turn to a possessive ex-boyfriend who won't settle for anything less than marriage. She's ready to give up all hope when a suave, yet seemingly kind-hearted man enters her life and comes to her rescue.
Rebecca is wary of placing her trust in Xavier, who wants to be more than a shoulder for her to lean on. But as the two grow close, Rebecca's guilt over her past continues to haunt her. Xavier wants to show Rebecca that the one place she can feel whole and at peace is in his loving arms.