Copy received via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Cont Romance
Series: – Stand Alone
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – Maybe
Rating – 2 stars
I first came across this book on GR a few months back and had had it on my want to read shelf ever since, so when it came up on Netgalley I was really excited to get a copy.
Now, maybe it was because I had been looking forward to this story that I was left disappointed?
For me, it just did not hit the mark. I actually struggled with the heroine, and in the beginning felt she should have just left the hero alone tbh, as opposed to “mischievously” thinking up ways to get his attention. Not to mention when they do get together she feels perfectly in her rights to go snooping through his stuff!
We had a lot of her thinking how hard she was working, and how much she did for her family, while being vaguely sneery and superior when it came to her friends and little sister, who clearly did not work as hard as she did.
Given the background of the characters, it never really got too deep, it was all quite superficial, it just lacked depth and real emotion, and at times, I felt like I was reading the heroine simply dictate a list of actions that had taken place as opposed to actually experiencing this as it happened.
“I couldn’t sleep. Anna and I got into a huge fight after we got back to the apartment. She said horrible things to me. She accused me of wanting Charles for myself, of being jealous of her. Scornfully she dubbed me Miss Perfect. Perfect daughter. Perfect role model. Perfectly boring. She said I never took risks and that I never lived”
Lots of tell and not enough show tbh.
Oh not to mention the vague victim blaming, when the heroine is almost raped, she is filled with self blame, for putting herself in a vulnerable situation, since she “knew what men were about”. Well, just no and no, since, no one should feel self blame in that situation, and what is with the whole “what men were about”? Well no men I know. It is insulting to woman and men tbh. But later on she manages to slut shame her little sister for daring to show cleavage so whatever. But her sending a bloke she caught having a wank, when she was somewhere she was not supposed to be, a naked drawing of himself is ok and not at all creepy, apparently. Oh and, this heroine, who is a nurse and seems has some knowledge of mental health, thinks it is ok to attack the poor sod, and repeatedly punch him over and over as he had “wronged” her.
All in, I really liked the concept of this, and really wanted it to be good, but it was just not good for me.