I'm thoroughly confused on how to go about rating this. On one hand loved the chemistry between the leads, on the other hand was not a fan of the con I'm thoroughly confused on how to go about rating this. On one hand loved the chemistry between the leads, on the other hand was not a fan of the contrived super-fast-paced plot and character motivations. What happened to sweet and sexy Vander? He was definitely sexy in here but sweet? This guy is not considerate or sweet by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t mind jerk heroes but I feel like the author did a disservice to his character to push the plot along. I honestly couldn't recognize the Vander that was portrayed in this book with how he was presented in the last book, very different characterization IMO. I felt Eloisa confused Vander for Thorn here. This was not the same thoughtful kind best friend of Thorn who swooped in and romanced India. I didn't mind his hard rough edges, but something about his attitude and crudeness didn't suit him, it felt very false. And again, I looooove sexy gruff brutes so I can't say I minded it, but the lack of 'sensitivity chip' if you will seemed really forced. Being deliberately mean and crude to hurt our fragile heroine into a blubbering mess and give her another reason to not trust him is not really a fair trade, just saying.
And as for the heroine, Mia, she’s a big part of why I could only give this 3 stars. She was way too sensitive, insecure and prudish for my liking. Like EXTREMELY uptight and fragile that I found it silly and tiring rather than endearing. Some don’t like dirty talk, that’s ok. But having the heroine get miffed and scold the hero endlessly for saying anything dirty just kinda ruins it. Uptight prudes just ruin the romance. #sorrynotsorry This girl takes every little thing that Vander does or doesn't say as offensive and rude and is running away crying like a wilting lily. I found it very juvenile and pitiful to be honest. Yes Vander had his jerk moments but what annoyed me to no end is how she would blow things way out of proportion and misunderstand his words when he was trying to be sweet and complimentary to her. Like suck it up and grow some self esteem girl. And some thicker skin while you're at it. You can't be attracted to me because I'm fat and short! You can't touch my breasts because they are cabbages, you said so! (no he really didn't) You don’t respect me because you tupped me in the stables and think I'm greedy! You don't love me because you call me your Duchess! WTF? Really?! She's so insecure about her full figure and big breasts and all because of one stupid isolated incident when they were kids, she overhears a boy making fun of her breasts (see cabbage comment) to Vander. I guess I could have related and understand it better if this was a consistent problem for her, if it was something she was ridiculed and tormented over all her life. But it wasn't. I just found it highly unrealistic for someone to have such little confidence and zero self-esteem based on some flippant comment made by a hormonal 15 year old idiot boy. Not saying it doesn’t happen but the author took one silly hijinks moment and used it to drive the heroine's manufactured conflict and self-doubt along. She overhears this conversation and uses it as shroud over her head thinking she's ugly and fat through her adult life. I needed more backstory than this. She thinks her breasts are disgusting and her husband wanting to have sex with her any time or place is disrespectful and unladylike. RME so hard. Seriously? Give me a guy who can’t get enough of me. I’m sorry but I seriously struggled with this warped logic. I don't like silly melodrama with OTT reactions and Mia severely tested my patience with her whiny attitude. The number of times she is screeching this isn't proper! or Did you just say that to me? made my eyes go cross. Enough. Your hair won’t catch on fire if you hear the word cock. You’re a married woman. Put on your big girl panties and deal with it.
I did enjoy Vander's relationship with Mia's nephew Charlie, really sweet, fun and utterly charming, and the h/hr did have great sexual chemistry. Emphasis on sexual. Everything else? Contrived and super rushed. They literally get married and fall in love (again) in 4 days, she thinks she's hideous and fat because of a remark by a brat bully made years ago, so on and so on. I needed a little more meaningful moments between the h and hr outside of the bedroom, like 90% of the time Vander is thinking about or talking about sex. Guys are horndogs but come on. lol There was very little room for actual meaningful substance between the two which I didn't understand. I love good tension and conflict but the source of contention has to make sense and make it worthwhile and don’t cram it down readers’ throats. There were a hundred easy loop holes that Vander could have used to get out of the blackmail letter Mia presented him to get him to marry her, but he didn't. What lovely little moments they had was ruined with the prudish Mia scolding him and crying over what gentlemen should and shouldn't do. RME. It's a buzzkill to this romance reader. *shrugs* ...more
Fun read with an adorable couple and scrumptious hero! But this was in serious need of an epilogue or something more. The ending was so abrupt and stiFun read with an adorable couple and scrumptious hero! But this was in serious need of an epilogue or something more. The ending was so abrupt and stilted, it almost came off like an editing mistake. Like...where is the rest? You can't do that to your readers and the characters. The dialogue just abruptly stops and falls off the page. The couple's reconciliation deserved more than one brief conversation on the very last page. Come on! Felt very very rushed and incomplete. ...more