This was a cute debut romance about a runaway bride and her knight-in-shining armor. It had some fun moments and likable secondary characters, but the...more This was a cute debut romance about a runaway bride and her knight-in-shining armor. It had some fun moments and likable secondary characters, but the choppy pacing and unconvincing romance left me a bit flat.
Maddie bolted out a window on her wedding day only to end up stumbling into Mitch’s remote bar many hours later wearing just her wedding dress and broken shoes. Stranded without a car, clothes, or much money she is determined not to call her family for help. And while Maddie is the one needing rescued, we soon learn that Mitch has just as much to gain if only he can convince Maddie to stick around. Mitch finds himself enjoying the conversation with her, something he hasn’t done in a long time, and quickly steps up to offer her a place to stay.
Mitch’s sudden infatuation with Maddie reminded me of a little boy who found a lost puppy, hoping he could keep it despite knowing that it might belong to someone else. Just like any boy with a new puppy, Mitch saw Maddie as a chance to open his closed heart, help heal his pain and hurt, bring a smile and laugh, and give him a sense of purpose. The rescue went both ways.
While this started off great, I soon got weary of Maddie’s constant cry for needing independence when she wasn’t doing anything remotely independent. It was a farce that anyone could see through, so I wasn’t sure why she kept holding onto the thought. (view spoiler)[Hell, should could have helped Mitch at the bar in her free time to help pay back for his kindness, but nope. (hide spoiler)]
The romance with Mitch started quickly, and I had trouble buying it. Why was she so quick to forget about her finance that she jilted? Unfortunately, it took quite a while before we got the answers to why she bolted. And when we did, it didn’t strengthened Maddie’s likability factor in my eyes. (view spoiler)[ Yes, her family and fiancé were controlling people, but she was a passive door mat and they meant well. It takes two to tango, and she didn’t own her own actions for her own situation like I felt she should have. (hide spoiler)] There was also a storyline about his past that gets dropped, and we are left without knowing the resolution. This was odd considering it was a catalyst for the final fight between Mitch and Maddie. (view spoiler)[ The private investigator found what?!! (hide spoiler)]
There were other issues, but mostly I just didn’t buy the romance. The dialogue was choppy, they moved too fast, they had too many fights and tiffs…etc. Maddie would start yelling at the oddest times, and Mitch would get mood swings I couldn’t predict as well. In the end I had to ask myself how the hell these two could have fallen in love given what we just saw? The story had potential, and when Mitch and Maddie were not arguing it was quite enjoyable. I was happy that they got their HEA, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very convincing one.
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