Maisie was a pretty likeable heroine. I enjoyed that while she did have an almost pathological need to be liked, she managed to not be an annoying doormat. When the situation called for it, she was able to stand up for herself nicely. Watching her earn her promotion (she’s promoted from researcher to investigator at her PI firm) and never feel the need to apologize for her success to those who don’t feel she deserved it was really nice. It was an empowering message.
Cameron is my favorite kind of romance hero. He’s grumpy and sometimes rude/antisocial, and completely befuddled by what he feels for the heroine. He was never disrespectful of Maisie, and even though it was difficult for him to communicate his feelings, he managed to do a decent job of it because it was what she needed. As far as book boyfriends go, Cameron easily earned a spot on my keeper shelf.
Now, while I enjoyed the story overall and REALLY adore LH Cosway’s writing voice, I will say that at 372 pages, this book felt a little too long to me. There were some spots in the middle of the book that dragged a bit. I kind of feel like romance novels should be right around or under 300 pages. Books that go over that often make me skim read a little in the middle. That’s not a hard-and-fast rule, of course. I mean, Kristen Ashley pulls off long romances nicely. But in general, I prefer a shorter romance to avoid boredom at the halfway point.
But, all in all, this was a cute, light-hearted read with a likeable heroine and a super sexy hero. It’s definitely worth a read.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Nothing stigma-y about it.
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