I had a little bit of a hard time warming up to Sutton, the heroine, too. I thought she was a doormat in the beginning, but by the end, she really seemed to come into her own. I cut her slack because she’s young and had a somewhat sheltered upbringing, but her good work ethic and the snark she eventually started throwing at Roark eventually won me over. She was a perfect good girl foil to Roark’s bad boy asshattery. By the end of the story, she’d pretty much bent him to her will and frankly, I enjoyed seeing him fall—completely against his will—for a girl he should’ve stayed away from.
There’s also some first class, super witty banter in this one. And y’all know how much I adore witty banter. It’s also a stand alone, if you’re into that kind of thing. (And I am)
So, why not a perfect score? Well, Sutton’s naivety and the immature way she handled a few things got on my nerves a few times, I wasn’t a big fan of her hypocritical father, and Roark’s manwhoring (which he, granted, didn’t do once he started engaging with the heroine a lot) irked me a little. The pacing was also a tad slow in the beginning. Nothing that hurt my overall enjoyment of the story too terribly, but still...irked.
But, all in all, fans of sexy Irish bad boys and forbidden, enemies-to-lovers romances will most likely enjoy the crap out of this one.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
No stigma here. This one’s not only clean and sober, but doing a fine job of crushing the romance stigma.
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