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Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2017
I purchased this book after looking around for a new Highlands romance series. I barely finished it. This was one of the most repetitive books I've ever read. The author spends a fair amount of time on her characters' internal musings. This doesn't typically bother me. I understand the point of character building. But good grief, one should not devote so much time to these musings if the characters NEVER have any new thoughts. By the middle of the book, I started skipping large sections in favor of reading dialogue (with a hope that it would at least move the story forward). By the end I began quizzing myself to see if could I predict the exact content of the next paragraph devoted to soliloquy. For example: Oh, here we go again. The heroine claims that she and the hero have passion. But that's not all! I bet she...respects him! CHECK. And he...respects her! CHECK! (Seriously, this exact paragraph occurred at least three times in the latter half of the novel). If the author removed the repetitive paragraphs (and a good editor definitely would have), the novel would shrink by 25 to 30%.
And, as a petty aside, can we talk for a second about the hero's obsession with the smell of the heroine's hair? Let's be real. If you spent a week riding on a horse, sleeping next to campfires, surrounded by grown men who hadn't bathed for nearly two weeks, and not bathing yourself (beyond your face and hands) the entire time, YOUR HAIR WOULD NOT SMELL LIKE ROSES. But the hero tells us that hers does. Repeatedly.
I was immensely disappointed with this novel and frustrated by the author's insistence on pushing me out of the story with her unnecessary, repetitive, and wordy filler. Needless to say, I will not be reading anymore of her work, and I wouldn't recommend her to others either.