Plot overview: Douchebag manwhore Caplin stalks young, beautiful Libby. And instead of having him arrested, she falls for him. Because sure. Why not?
This makes me sad because I actually really like the author’s writing style. It’s fun and light and she has a way with witty banter. With a different hero, this one might’ve been a keeper for me. But sadly, because the book hinged on the odious Caplin, I couldn’t bring myself to finish.
Oh, Caplin. How I hate thee. Let me count the ways:
I actually really liked Ruby...right up until the point that she found herself laughing at Caplin’s lewd jokes instead of running in the opposite direction from the dude who openly stalked her and seemed super proud of it (he called himself an “opportunity maker.” I call him a restraining order waiting to happen.) All I could do at that point was side-eye her on behalf of every woman who has ever been stalked and harassed. Because we all know that if Caplin had been ugly and poor, this would’ve been an episode of Criminal Minds as opposed to a “hilarious rom com.”
So, long-story-short, I wanted to nut-punch the hero. I find that when I want to nut-punch the hero in a romance, that’s a problem that can’t be overcome by simply maning through and reading the rest of the book. So I DNFd like my life depended on it. And I haven’t looked back since.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
I don’t know if it contributes to the romance stigma, but it’s not doing much to promote the male species.
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