If only it was that easy...
Everyone loves Dean. He’s easygoing, a great footballer and always up for a beer or sixteen. He also has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel on MDMA, but that’s never been a problem where the opposite sex is concerned. At least it wasn’t until he met Ash. Beautiful, driven and wild in bed; she's all he's ever wanted in a wife.
Unfortunately, he's far from what she wants in a husband, what with his perpetually empty bank account and inability to cook anything other than bacon. When she tells him he’s not baby-daddy material, Dean vows to become the man she needs, whatever it takes.
I have to start by saying I liked this book. Because if I don’t say that right up front, you’ll end up thinking I hated it based on the review that is to follow.
There were about three times that I almost stopped reading. Why, you ask? Well, it wasn’t the writing. The writing is great. I love the Australian slang, I love the humor, I love the secondary characters, and the hero is pretty damn adorable. What almost made me set my Kindle down (gently, because I adore my Kindle) and add Eva Dangerfield to my list of “never to read again” authors was the heroine, Ashley.
I will admit that I started off with a bit of a prejudice against the heroine. I once worked with a quarter-wit little twit named Ashley who I wanted to punch in the throat on a daily basis, so I had to force myself to keep reading and stop sneering every time I read her name. But while I got past my natural aversion to the name fairly quickly, (I apologize to all the nice Ashleys in the world...sorry. It’s not you, it’s me.) I couldn’t get past the way the character acted.
Oh, Ashley, how I hated you. Let me count the ways:
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s unique enough that it avoids contributing to the stigma.
Other reading suggestions
I’m willing to read other books by this author. It’s only a truly gifted author that can make me keep reading when I hate a heroine as much as I hated Ashley. But for other reads about smart, quirky heroines who are very LIKEABLE, I recommend anything by Penny Reid. For another read about a sweet, adorable man-boy, read Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.