Brent is a rude asshole for more than half the book. He pretty much treats the heroine like crap, drags her into a fake relationship, then lies to her about his reasons for dragging her into a fake relationship, never letting her know that she’s in danger just for associating with him. And he totally blows off her concerns about losing her job for fraternizing with a parent by calling her dream job “just a teaching job”. His implication that her job isn’t important and she should just do what he wanted her to do made me want to nut-punch him. (The fact that he’s trying to protect her from his family mess by being a supremely bossy a-hole doesn’t make me want to nut-punch him any less.)
Another virgin. Sigh.
Yep. Izzy is a virgin. It wasn’t a big deal in the story, so I didn’t see the point of it. Are we to assume that if she’d had more sexual experience she wouldn’t be worthy of her HEA with Brent? (Brent, who admittedly had TONS of sex with motorcycle club groupies, by the way.)
There were quite a few times when my bullshit meter was tripped while reading this story:
A stuffed book
This is yet another example of a stuffed book where the expected content ends at about 40% of the story, and the rest of the content is extraneous crap I didn’t ask for. I HATE it when that happens.
At the end of the day, I give this one 2 stars. 1 star for Natalie, Brent’s daughter, who was adorable, and 1 star for the fact that it wasn’t so poorly written I wasn’t able to finish it. (I’ve had WAY too many DNFs lately, so I don’t take the fact that I was able to finish reading this lightly) But that’s about all the positives I can muster on this one.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It contributes mightily.
Other reading suggestions
For alpha males who aren’t alphaholes, the queen is Kristen Ashley. My favorite KA read is Breathe. Devney Perry is also a great writer of alpha males. My favorite read of hers is The Clover Chapel.