his leading lady, has doctor nicholas bale falling head over heels for ice princess alice klein while she leads him on a merry (and occasionally not-so-merry) dance. she's avoided things like love and relationships her whole life. especially since her drug abusing mother kept a revolving door of losers around when she was growing up. she swore she's never end up like her mother and she'd been doing so well.
except when nicholas helps alice out during an emergency with her neighbor he witnesses some of her most vulnerable moments. but she's never let anyone get that close. and now she's all off-kilter. and as much as she tries to push him away, he keeps coming back for more. and she can't understand it. because there's a part of her that believes that she isn't made to be loved.
but nicholas believes differently. he's known since she plowed into him desperately seeking a doctor that she's the one. and sure he's a man of science and doesn't really believe in love at first sight, but there is no other name for it. and so he tries everything he can to convince her to give them a chance. he's never had to work this hard for anything in his whole life.
the truth is that he can't do all the work for both of them. at some point she has to decide she wants it too and fight for them. and it's a close thing because alice has a lot of emotional damage. but if she lets it happen, if she trusts him, he could be the one who heals her. and the tension in this will-they, won't-they keeps you reading. alice is a hard heroine to love, and nicholas is kind of a saint for putting up with her since he spends most of his time trying to figure out where he went wrong. but you can't help rooting for them.
**his leading lady will publish july 11, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for my honest review.