Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast.
Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared.
The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and help heal the beast.
Title: Torn Canvas (Safe Harbors #2)
Author: Donna K. Weaver
Publisher: Emerald Arch Publishing
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Formats: 376 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, softcover; e-book
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Safe Harbors: A Change of Plans (book 1), Hope’s Watch (#1.5 short story)
It’s been a while since I read the first books in this series, but this one took me right back into the lives of these characters. I enjoyed the overlap with the first book — it was interesting to see the viewpoint from one of the other characters and get all the details of what went on “behind the scenes” of events just briefly mentioned in the earlier books. I also enjoyed seeing the journey that Jori went on and the realizations and changes he made in himself.