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303 pages, ebook
First published March 29, 2021
Audio book source: Audible
Story Rating: 3.25 stars
Narrators: Jason Clarke & Vanessa Edwin
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 6h 50m
↠ main heroine (h), owner of the Boston Titans hockey team, recently out of a long term relationship
↠ Damsel in distress heroine: The author tried to portray Eden as a strong independent heroine but it was not shown well to us readers as there was multiple occasions that Holt had to rescue/make Eden feel better due to external circumstances.
↠ Eden's relationship with her parents: It was mentioned several times that Eden has had her fair share of family drama. Her father had an affair while being governor and her mother was never super involved in her life. The plot had potential but fell flat. A scene between Eden and her mother was added randomly ~85% into the story and was a rather brief encounter and felt like forced drama added to the story. Lastly, there was ZERO interaction between her and her father which also bummed me out considering he dragged their name through hell and back in the media. Bottom line, the plot never got the development it deserved and the relationship was a telling >>> showing.
↠ main hero (H), owns a security company, broody, self-reliant, determined to be a part of Eden's life
↠ Holt's love life post college: Not much is known about Holt's past in general and his past relationship is no exception this. He stated that he was with few girls in between college and seeing Eden again. His past "relationships" were reduced to a one liner in the book and I felt that his past should of been explored in a convo with Eden since he had asked about Eden's relationship with Alex a few times.
↠ Holt's relationship with his mother Holt's mom is currently in recovery and her abuse of pills has always been a hard topic for him. There was A LOT OF POTENTIAL here with this plot line such as a chance to explore his family dynamic, how her relapse affected him, and how she would of been around Eden. Instead, it was reduced to a telling than showing situation. It was mentioned in inner monologue that Holt's mom was going to meet Eden soon and Holt and his mom were working on their relationship. Once again, this left Holt being a one-dimensional character... the only depth added to him in this story was how he runs a security company.
- ✨ hoping for the best - somewhat low ✨
- ✨ 'this book lacks serious character development' ✨
↬ Would I recommend this book? No.
↬ Will I finish this series? Highly unlikely
Audiobook source: Audible
Narrator: Jason Clarke & Vanessa Edwin
Length: 6H 50M