The first 20% or so of this book was fine, the last 10% okay - when the Big Misunderstanding was cleared up by an overheard conversation and a completely extraneous crisis. Personally, I prefer Heroines who stand up for themselves & prevent Big Misunderstandings in the first place.
And - extraneous crisis spoiler alert! - who can enjoy reading about a child possibly having meningitis, for no apparent reason? Except that the parents hold hands & hug in the ER? Anyone who has ever had a seriously ill child should be offended.
Despite those/in addition to those...
The other 70% was repetitious. Repeatedly redundant. Boring. Carpal-tunnel-inducing rapid-Kindle-page-advancing repetitive.
Every. Single. Time. the Hero had an interaction w/ the Heroine, he was struck by her apparent innocence & vulnerability. Then he reminded himself what a great actress she was, how he "knew" she was duplicitous, and as a result, buried his "instinctive" response (not the lust one, of course. just the genuine human connection thing). Again & again. Over & over. Thumb-numbingly.
The Heroine had gajillions of opportunities to prove her True Character (here's another spoiler - how about show him your mom's medical records? obit? show your residency in another country, where you moved when you were still in school? send him email, or a text, or a voicemail? FB? Skype? Lipstick on the bathroom mirror?). Repeatedly, however, she rejected those options. Let the gajillions of opportunities slip through her fingers. Ignored all means of communication besides the verbal (which she refused to exercise. again & again. over & over) - even writing, which has been around for several thousand years. She allowed herself to be railroaded into marriage w/ a guy who basically thought she was a whore. At least they only got married once.
One of my increasingly despised pet peeves is heroines who are really young - particularly in comparison w/ the hero (frequently, she's late teens/early 20s, he's early to mid 30s). But even if the age gap is 6 years (as low as it gets, in a Harlequin w/ teenage heroines), I find it repulsive. Maybe cause my daughter will be 14 in a few days. The thought of her, at 18, hooking up w/ a man 8 or so years older than she is, getting pregnant, then abandoned & rejected by him (like in this book), is horrifically not romantic to me. It's repugnant.
- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU; Library ed edition (1 June 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263203093
- ISBN-13: 978-0263203097
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
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