3 out of 4 stars
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Rodrigo Chaves, Rico, is a medical doctor of Puerto Rican descent. He is a very handsome last born in a family of five children. His childhood was harsh because of abuse from his father, “The Devil” (El Diablo in Spanish). Despite the challenges, Rico still found the means to be what he wanted in life because he was very smart. He was the youngest valedictorian in his school. He won a scholarship to study in the United States. He became a level-headed doctor and a well-to-do gentleman.
Rico’s success as a doctor in the United States is partly because his family ran away from the brutal and violent “El Diablo”. The running away led to an unfinished feud between the family and the father. Therefore, Rico had to live fearing that his father will somehow hurt his family yet again. As Rico goes through life in the US, what he does is a direct reflection of how he grew up. A loving gentleman who is principled and truthful. This made it hard for him to get “the one” woman who loves him unconditionally. However, one of his patients, Cayce Connors, is different. At least that’s how he perceives it. However, Cayce is a wrecking ball.
All this is structured magnificently in the book. Rico’s past and present intertwining throughout the chapters, giving the reader a unique perspective and connection between the young boy Rico and the handsome “Doctor Hottie”. The author designed the story around Rico in a manner that won’t tire readers. His character is perfection. To find out if Rico will find genuine love in Cayce Connors, grab this book.
Beyond Bold: Cayce’s Gift by Cari Allen is a beautiful love story with a bit of sadness. The author did a superb job of describing the powerful emotions of the characters. The strength of the bond between the siblings and their mother, and the hate and anger between the children and their father, made the story so moving. I liked how the author positioned the protagonist in the story as a romantic gentleman with impeccable looks. A genuine gem for women, yet terrified of disappointment.
The book has so much violence, and the language is strong. There is sexual content that may not be good for younger readers. However, adults who are not afraid of blood and violence can enjoy it. The only thing that I did not like about this book is the editing. I encountered several easy-to-spot errors justifying professionals did not edit the book. With this observation, I take one point and give Beyond Bold: Cayce’s Gift by Cari Allen 3 out of 4 stars rating.
BEYOND BOLD: Cayce's Gift
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