So, I had to give this one three stars for two reasons: 1. Lillian. She needs to be put in her place. She needs to be gagged. Really, she had no reaso...moreSo, I had to give this one three stars for two reasons: 1. Lillian. She needs to be put in her place. She needs to be gagged. Really, she had no reason whatsoever to hate Matthew, and if she called him a freaking "reptile" one more time, I was going to put the book down for good. 2. Daisy' love for Matthew...not at all convincing. Fake.
Also, the ending was abrupt and, frankly, ridiculous. (less)
Three stars because--please don't hate me--I don't really like Leo or Catherine. I hated him in the first book, then less and less throughout the seri...moreThree stars because--please don't hate me--I don't really like Leo or Catherine. I hated him in the first book, then less and less throughout the series, but still...not very much now. And Catherine came across as a weak, whiny woman pretending to be strong. I know I'm in the minority here, but I just didn't like them! They went well as a couple, though, that's for sure. Lots of chemistry.(less)
This book had an interesting start...Then it had a very good beginning, but once I got into the middle of the book, it started to go downhill and beco...moreThis book had an interesting start...Then it had a very good beginning, but once I got into the middle of the book, it started to go downhill and become boring, repetitive, and not at all unique in any way. It went a little something like this:
I really liked Nick...I found him to be an intriguing hero, and liked the fact that he'd ony had one lover before he met Lottie. He is also enormously kind to Lottie. You could really tell he loves her--though I didn't feel that Lottie loved Nick at all. Lottie would say all these hateful things to Nick, but he'd never get angry with her. He'd just smile and continue to be extremely tender. He never tries to control her or anything annoying like that. He sticks up for her to her awful mother, and comforts her when she cries (which is a lot).
Weird how Lottie says the only reason she's agreeing to have sex with Nick is so she won't have to dread it, and he isn't at all bothered by this...very strange...almost as strange as her calling Nick the most unscrupulous man she's ever met, yet she agreed to marry him to get away from an evil, child-molester. Apparently, the child molester has more scruples.
Also annoying how Nick's sister says he's not nearly good enough for Lottie. I'm just getting bored of statements like that. I don't think that's something one sibling should say to another, even if they think it. It's just rude and I don't find it amusing. I'm getting tired of the whole "big bad man" meets "perfect innocent woman."
Lottie suffers from multiple personalities, sometimes nice and tender, others mean and callous (this is the usual), such as when she says she won't be "fortunate" enough to have Nick die. And when she says it, it isn't as a joke, either. She actually means it--I don't care if she apologizes afterward...I mean, if it had been the man who said that to the woman, I bet a lot more people would have been bothered by it. I know Nick is supposedly this awful crime lord blah blah blah, but I haven't seen any examples of it--and anyway, he's so kind and nice to Lottie, I just don't think it even matters. Also irksome, is how Lottie gets drunk virtually every time they go anywhere. It makes her seem...not very smart? Because she never means to get drunk, but she keeps drinking and then is surpised at her drunkenness. I felt it a little silly.
I feel I should have been bothered by the fact that Nick's troubled past was dismissed so easily--I mean, he had nightmares every day practically his whole life, and then they suddenly stopped just because he told Lottie what happened? Give me a break. But, somehow, it didn't bother me, because I never felt like his problems were real. I never felt like ANY of his past was real, for that matter.
And what in the heck is up with the ending? It made no sense. The villian's demise was so random and absurd, I actually gaped. It was so stupid and anti-climactic.
While Worth Any Price was good enough to keep me reading, I found it extremely annoying and don't wish to read it ever again.(less)