Creeping Beautiful by J.A. Huss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
Original and so very compelling!
The first half of this book is told in the form of flashbacks in order toe tell the backstory of the main characters there are three men that have been part of “The Company” since birth. The Company is an organization of Powerful families and individuals that will do anything it takes to get what they want. They purchase women to use as breeders, and put their children into assassin training programs then put them out on teams to clean up problems (i.e. kill people that get in their way).
Adam’s father purchased McKay from his father who was a Company Arms dealer, as a sort of replacement for Adam when he was supposed to join one of the teams, but at the last minute Adam’s father got Adam out of the Program. Adam and McKay became best friends and five years after Adam’s Father and many of the Company’s top Team leaders were taken out at a wedding, Adam got bored with nothing to do and so much money to burn so he decided to start up a team.
He goes to an auction and purchases a ten year old girl named Indie Anna Accorsi. Indie has also been brought up by The Company and although Adam is interested in purchasing her, he is talked into it even more by another guy named Donovan who, like Adam is an untouchable. Which means he comes from a Company founding family. Though Donovan is only fifteen, he is a genius who has graduated college and is starting medical school and agrees to help Adam and McKay in training Indie. He will take care of her psychological well-being.
The three of them each fall in love with Indie as she grows into adulthood and it isn’t weird because all of them, including Indie have never really been children with the way they grew up and also because hey are respectful of her as a child. Though there were some times when Adam and McKay were able to play as kids when they were best friends together when they were young and for Indie as well, while she is growing up between jobs. They live on a Louisiana bayou plantation she is best friends with their only neighbor, Nathan whom she spends all her time with when she isn’t training or on missions.
Nathan is her first love and her first kiss. The description of that first kiss is the best I have ever read, bar none! But she also loves Adam, because he is always there to save her, McKay because he takes care of her and Donovan because he is always interested in what she has to say. I can see how someone could love more than one person.
The relationships are really complex in this book, but also so beautiful and deep because they are based off of great friendships and the kinds of bonds that you make with people that may not be your actual family by blood, but that you choose to be family with.
“If the way I feel about Indie is love, then the way I feel about McKay is… obsession.”
I don’t want to give anything more about the plot, but to reiterate that it is original, completely unpredictable and I couldn’t put it down from start to finish! And it is soooo good!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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