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Jessica E. Larsen is a hopeless romantic in her late twenties, who will forever be young at heart. She enjoys traveling a lot, drawing inspiration from places she visits and interesting people she encounters. She loves to read, and writes in different genres and spends hours arguing with her characters. At times she likes playing the villain and gives them a taste of hell when they refused to listen to her demands.
She was born in the Philippines. Jessica lived in Spain since she was 18 and recently moved to Norway with her loving husband.
on Aug. 18, 2013 :
First off, this story is written in the Tagalog (or Filipino language, but author Jessica Larsen is coming up with an English version, so I think this book is worth a thorough review. ‘Handsome Devil’ is one of those romance stories that once you start reading, you won’t ever be able to put down.
It starts in the middle of a riveting yet hilarious scene—Benjamin, incredibly handsome and wealthy, narrowly escapes one of his parents’ ‘plots’, only to bump into the beautiful Yuna at a public market. For some crazy reason, Benjamin kisses the girl out of the blue, but only a few moments before his parents’ ‘henchmen’ arrive to escort him back to the hotel.
They meet again a bit later at the hotel, only to learn a shocking truth: they’re being arranged to marry each other. Although attracted to the angel-faced Benjamin, Yuna is disgusted with his arrogance and hubris, and she’d rather stab herself in the neck than spend the rest of her life with him. But the ‘agreement’ between the two families seem set in stone, and Yuna sees no way out of marrying a red-haired, green-eyed, tall and handsome ‘devil’ who seems to have the power to pull her heartstrings.
Author Jessica Larsen knows where to push all the right buttons—she keeps the scenes tight and highly interesting. The interaction between Yuna and Benjamin is an endless source of endearing hilarity—Benjamin acts like a douchebag, but you sense that he has reserved the deepest, most genuine part of him for Yuna. On the other hand, while she outwardly ‘hates’ Benjamin, Yuna secretly wavers whenever she looks into his eyes or whenever Benjamin ends up ‘saving’ her in one of those awkward situations that always seem to happen to her—she has even begun liking how the guy carries her in his arms.
‘Handsome Devil’ is an unforgettable, highly entertaining romance. I can’t wait for Larsen’s English version of the book—I’m betting my right arm it’s going to be a huge hit among romance fiction aficionados. Five stars, no less.
(reviewed the day of purchase)