That’s how it went. I made it to 51% of the story and realized that I’d been skimming since about 20%, trying to get to something that didn’t bore the crap out of me. I never found anything that made me want to stick it out to the end.
While I commend Abigail for having the courage to leave a bad relationship, it irked me that she didn’t do more to protect herself. She let a couple of judgy cops shame her out of filing charges against the stalker ex and getting a restraining order. I wish she would have stuck to her guns and taken legal action. Then, I wish she would’ve taken self-defense classes and bought a big, vicious dog that didn’t like men. But sadly, Abigail did none of those things. She ran home to let her brother protect her, then she ran to the hero, Xavier, her brother’s friend, and let him protect her. She let the stalker run her out of her home and her job and did nothing to stop him. “Protecting Abigail” wasn’t high on Abigail's priority list, in other words.
Xavier is a generic billionaire hero. I had to go back and look up his name before writing this review. I would’ve sworn it was Xander. That’s how much of an impression the guy made on me.
And I’m still a little confused as to why Abigail’s brother asked his friend to help protect Abigail to begin with. He was an alpha, over-protective big brother. Handing the job of protecting his baby sister over to someone else seemed out of character. (And it seemed like a super convenient plot device to move the romance forward, which just smacks of lazy writing.)
So, long-story-short, this one was a whole lot of “ugh” with a side of “meh” for me. Looking back, I realize I’ve read a few of this author’s books, and none of them clicked for me. My bad for not skipping this one, I guess. I think I get sucked in by all the glowing reviews, high-end covers, and the fact that you can’t do a single Amazon search that doesn’t end up showing you this author’s books. (Seriously, his ad spend must be astronomical) But you can bet that this guy’s on my “no fly” list from now on.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s lousy with stigma. Stigma clings to it like a bad smell.
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