Oooooohhohohooooooo I hate you so much Patrick. To be fair, going into this I knew I would because of how he is portrayed in the previous books, so I was slowly preparing myself for this book, and my opinion of Patrick only got worse, so rant upcoming.
In the previous books, all we have seen of Patrick is him flirting, or talking about his lovers, and most of the time, trying to get with the heroine of book one to form a "Union", a marriage, between their lands. So how am I supposed to believe that all this time that he is "in love" with the heroine, he would so willingly marry someone for power? And that's not even the worst of it.
Anne and Patrick here, were mated for THIRTY YEARS. In those thirty years they were devoted and fully mates. On the 29th year, Anne divulged her deepest secret to Patrick, which is that she can manipulate people basically, and keep in mind that she has never told anyone but her father and sister because she is afraid of being used. Well, her so-called mate promised to never use her, but what do you know, he tries to only a year later. He was pressuring her to manipulate for political gains for himself. Well the heroine felt betrayed and left him, though only a few hours away.
This is when they are then separated for a 100 years. During that time, Patrick has screwed every women in sight, and multiples of them most of the time, and he did this pretty quick after the separation too. So instead of GROVELING to his mate of THIRTY YEARS, he goes off and fcks every women in the country apparently, gains more political power, spies on the heroine every once in awhile, and then let's not forget about that little marriage for a union stint. Also, in that time, he brought 3 women he was screwing to a place where the heroine was hosting a dinner party to purposely throw them in her face in front of everyone because he was mad she left him, and this is I think 30 or 70 years after their separation.
On screen we have to see him talking about wanting to fck multiple women, which he does, but luckily the sex isn't on screen. So literally right after, like days, he wants the heroine back and manipulates the situation so she would have to see him. Well the heroine being the pretty much celibate idiot she is, completely forgives him for the OW that he had flaunted in her face for so many years, in fact, she says if anything it's her own fault for leaving him, and that its childish that she would even want an apology for him doing that. Which she would never gets because the zero-hero DOESN'T REGRET ANYTHING. He even kind of mocks her for her thinking she should get an apology from him, saying she shouldn't expect him to stay loyal pretty much when she left him because he tried to USE her. He finally apologizes for trying to use her eventually, but even that she had to get out of him and he wasn't going to bother in the first place, and he only apologized a 100 years later.
Look at how much he missed her,
"He finally pulled away. “Was wondering how long it would take you to bring up the other women.”
“I’m not harping.” Her face felt like a mask lay over it. “I’m not blaming you. I’m simply stating a fact.”
“Then I want to state a fact.”
He scooted away from her, leaning his back against the end of the wood-paneled trailer. “We’re not friends.”
“No, we’re not friends.”
“And we never will be.”
Her heart broke open a little more, and she pulled the sheet to cover herself. “I know that.”
“What do you want from me? An apology? You want me to grovel for not turning into a monk because you left me?”
“No, I don’t expect an apology.”Of course she wanted him to grovel, though she’d never admit it. She knew it wasn’t fair to him. She’d tried to move on as well. She squashed the petty, jealous part of her heart and remained calm."
He's great right? Barf
Did you intend to apologize?”A muscle in his jaw jumped. “Yes.” Yes. A single word. A single answer that could have changed everything. Anne forced herself to remain calm.
“But you didn’t, Patrick. You threw all your conquests in my face and told me it was my fault that you’d fucked them. That you hated me.”
“I didn’t…” He cleared his throat. “I didn’t hate you.”
“You said you did.”
I think one of my most hated things in this story though, is that somehow the heroine is the one who keeps apologizing for leaving him or "not giving him her all" when they were together, um what?? Obviously there was a very valid reason because he DID try to use you! The heroine probably apologized to the hero 4 or 5 times, while guess how many times the hero did? A half-hearted ONE, which is pretty disgusting! I hated the hero soooooo much, and honestly just embarrassed for the heroine, especially because how embarrassing it is to have your mate F everyone around AFTER you were mated, and EVERYONE know about it? And besides that, so the heroine who falls into bed with him pretty quick, has to be around his employee that he had a fling with, women that he's gotten with, or tried to, or the probably thousands of women just in that city. And the nonstop TALK from people talking about his manwhore ways and all the women he has slept with, it was so embarrassing whenever people brought it up, which was A LOT.
Exhibit 3 of why I hate Patrick and the heroine is weak
“You know who I am and what I do. And I will remind you that I was not the one who wanted to attend this summit, Patrick. It was you who dragged me along. My sister who forced me to come. This wasn’t my idea.”
“You didn’t put up much of a fight either, did you? You wanted to come,” he said. “Your little life in the west was driving you mad, and you jumped at the chance to do something other than listen to sob stories from vampires with more money than sense.”
Anne felt as if he’d slapped her. “Póg mo thóin.”
“Already did, love. And you liked it.”
She saw his eye twitch as soon as the words left his mouth
(Keep in mind she is a Psychologist, and the hero basically mocks her for it and says her life is worthless just because she has patient confidentiality and won't give up her client's info and can we guess who is the one to apologize after? Yup, her)
And what's worse, is even though HE is the one "trying" to get her back, he tells her that in order for them to be together she has to give up her job and home, because she is a psychologist and her clients won't want to come to her since she is with as big of a political leader as him, which hint* hint* she pretty much does. And not only that, he made it VERY clear, that he would NEVER himself give up his own job for her! How great of a hero is he, eh?
Now besides all of that, Patrick was decent at some times. He honestly could have been a great character with his funny, cocky, con manish personality IF he had stayed loyal to Anne, but since he wasn't, those traits of his just made me hate him more. And then how everybody kept telling her she should have fought for their relationship and that everyone fights? Um wtf? Don't try to tell her she was in the wrong when they don't even know the full story, and your fights are hardly comparable Gina. Also, it's kind of hard to trust the guy when he was like this after 30 years of being together, who's to say how much fighting would be needed before he cheats on her again?
Lastly, the story was bland, and I'm definitely sick of the elixir storyline so I ended up just skimming most of those scenes. The only reason this book has two stars instead of one is because although I hate this book and the MCs, I still love Elizabeth's writing, and there were some cute moments between the side characters.
Overall, as you can tell, I hated this book. BUT I am giving it a pass because out of all the Elizabeth Hunter books I have read, which is most of them, this is only the second hero and book I hated, and her other books really do have amazing heros and heroines. She also still has amazing writing and is one of my fave PNR authors, so I'm just going to erase this story from my mind hopefully and move on.