“I once thought of Kas and me as totally unsuitable for one another. We were unsuitable.”
UNSUITABLE took me by surprise. I was expecting something good, having read the blurb, but the book far exceeded my expectations. It was amazing.
Sometimes a book starts so well that I feel afraid something will happen and spoil it all for me and I was scared that would happen here too because everything was so good all the time. But despite my worries, it just got better and better and there was nothing to criticize about it. Every moment of my reading experience was perfect… And the ending, oh that ending…
UNSUITABLE is a romantic suspence and the suspenseful aspect of the book was very well planned and the plot twists were very good. I didn’t see any of them coming. I hate it when writers use cliché plot twists (such as unplanned pregnancy etc); and here we see how plot twists should be like, this is how it is done. Bravo Ms Towle, thank you…
This is the story of an ex-con heroine, Daisy, who works as a maid for an as*hole of a boss, Kastor Matis, aka Kas, or as Daisy calls him, Kas-hole!
Normally, I do not favor the as*hole type of hero but Kas is no typical as*hole. He is cold and rude but there is more depth to him than that. He can be kind and compassionate, too. This “cold” and “hot” versions of Kas really confuse Daisy.
Kas has dark secrets that have made him the man he is now and revealing of them comes much later in the book, so you will understand why he did what he did or why he acted the way he did much later. Just be patient with him… Just know that I cried for him… cried hard.
Now, I will write a spoiler-free review because I do not want to spoil any of the plot twists for you. You have to experience them all by yourself without having a clue about them so that their impact feels good. Please avoid spoilers for this book if you come across them in other reviews. Leave them “hidden”.
The book is told by Daisy’s point of view except for the first chapter. The first one is told by Kas, even though it is written nowhere. But you understand it soon.
Daisy is such a lovable heroine. She is beautiful, hot and sweet.
Dark hair, amber eyes…
And it was good to be in her head because she was mostly hilarious.
“My stupid stomach is doing cartwheels at the thought of going out riding with Kas. My head is suffering with severe confusion as to why my stomach is so happy about it.”
Even when she was in a terrible condition, the way she put it into words always made me laugh.
“Jesus. How stupid am I? I must have dumb bitch written all over my face. I mean, Jason saw it written there. I thought I’d cleaned it off. But, apparently not…”
“I fell for a liar before. It didn’t turn out so well for me.
Fool Daisy once, stupid Daisy. Fool Daisy twice…yeah, not going to happen.
I won’t be so dumb to let that happen again.
So, I’m going to find out exactly what Kas is hiding from me because I won’t be anybody’s fool ever again.”
“Questions? Do I have questions? Of course I have fucking questions! But, right now, I’m trying not to piss my pants, and I need to restart my heart to normal function because it’s decided to stop working properly.”
Daisy has been really unlucky in life.
Her dad dies at a young age.
Her drug addict mother disappears, leaving Daisy alone with her little brother.
She works hard to look after her brother and herself.
She trusts the wrong guy.
This so-called boy-friend sets her up.
She finds herself in prison for a crime she didn’t commit: Theft!
Whatever she says or does, she cannot make people believe that she is innocent.
So, 18 months of her life is stolen away from her.
When she is released from prison on parole before she completes her 3-year-sentence, she has to start from the very bottom and prove that she is trustworthy to be able to get the custody of her little brother Jesse.
However, Daisy also has the best luck with regards to her friend, Cece. She is amazing. She is like her family, being there for her all the time.
When her probation officer finds her a job as a maid, she feels that things are finally getting better but when she enters the Matis Estate, where she will work, she meets the owner of the house, Kastor Matis, who mesmerizes her by his hot and handsome looks. However, this hot boss of hers acts incredibly hostile towards her, warning her immediately not to steal anything…
Daisy starts to call him Kas-hole in her mind but no matter how much she hates him, she also finds him incredibly attractive. She can’t help but stare at this Greek god, swooning and drooling.
Kas has dark hair and dark eyes… Stone-cold black eyes! But sometimes, there is also something else in his cold stare… something hot… something blazing…
“Kas is staring at me. The look in his eyes almost undoes me. No one has ever looked at me like he is right now. Like I’m all he can see.”
Kas is a complete puzzle. One day, he acts as if he loathes Daisy, yelling at her, being very rude and cruel and one day he makes you think that he is doing everything in his power to resist his attraction to her but slowly failing.
When Daisy tells Kas how she ended up in prison, Kas believes her without asking twice. That is a total shock for her. Especially after that, they start to get closer and begin to surrender their attraction for one another…
Their push and pull was breath-taking, I forgot to breathe while reading those moments. The build-up of angst and sexual tension was off the charts.
The way they finally found a way into each other’s hearts was endearing.
“I’m not alone. I’m with the cute bartender—”
“Exactly. Stay right where you are. Don’t fucking move, Daisy. And tell that bartender, if he puts a hand on you, I’ll rip it off.”
Okay… Is it weird that I found that totally hot?
“What?” he snaps.
“What if I need the toilet? I’ll have to move—”
“I said, stay the fuck put. I’ll be there soon.”
The closer they get to each other, the more heart-warming their interaction becomes.
The more Kas reveals himself, the clearer his earlier actions become.
“I want you like you wouldn’t fucking believe. You’ve made me feel again, Daisy,” he murmurs, surprising me.
I shift back and stare at his face. His eyes are still closed. Then, he lets out a shallow breath. “You’ve made me feel…and I fucking hate that.”
After their short-lived happiness, things start to get darker and darker. I was on the edge of my seat, my heart beating like drums, bum bum bum, wondering what other secret would be revealed and how explosive its impact would be.
There are incredibly painful scenes. I cannot tell you how sick those scenes made me. I couldn’t sleep for a while thinking about them, shivering, trying helplessly to delete them from my memory… in vain, of course.
The book doesn’t have one dull moment. It is like a roller coaster ride, getting faster and more dangerous all the time.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Until the very last few pages, I didn’t have an idea about how things would end or if there was a HEA. So, I was biting my lips, tapping my feet, holding my breath… doing all the nervous stuff to be able to cope with the anxiety. And when the book ended, it was worth it all.
“I just wanted something of his, some connection to him, to remind myself that he was real. Because, sometimes, it felt almost unreal. Like Kas had never actually existed. Like he’d never really been mine. But he had. I’d had him for a brief moment in time, and then I’d had to let him go. Kas was never meant to be mine forever, and I had to come to terms with that.
And I did. Kind of. But, as I’ve learned, you don’t get over a man like Kastor Matis. You just learn to live without him.”
Do not think that this book is one thing, it is many things all in one.
It will make you laugh.
It will make you cry.
It will make you angry, frustrated and disgusted.
It will make you feel hot and it will make you swoon.
It will make you question “the right” and “the wrong”, the notion of “justice” and all.
It will force you to your limits, asking you how far you can go…
Or asking you how much you can forgive…
IT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART MANY TIMES…
THEN, IT WILL STITCH IT TOGETHER…
BUT IT WILL LEAVE SCARS, MANY SCARS…
HOWEVER, SOMETIMES THE BEAUTY IS IN THE SCARS…
5 solid stars and more…
P.S.I couldn’t judge neither Kas nor Daisy for what they did when they did it; who knows what we would do in their shoes????
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