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Author uses a sledgehammer to create her bad boy hero
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
Another reviewer puts this well - the author has talent but she uses a sledgehamner when a bit of finesse and nuance would result in a more compelling story. This story is another example of the sledgehammer approach- she doesn't just give her H a horrific past, she gives him an ugly persona in the present and a bleak future, resulting in a lot of almost unforgivable behaviour from him. Add to this the h's crazed ex and there is just too much going on to make this a heartbreaking romance with a troubled H turned good. Instead it is just a mess of unbelievable and histrionic events. I also have an issue with romances that are centered around the H being drawn to the h for something completely outside her control, rather than it being about her actions and how she treats others and her outlook on the world. Often it is the h's looks; in this case it is her voice. This plot device might be ok if the H then falls for who the h really is when he gets to know her better but in this case the h is nice enough but really there is nothing particularly inspiring about her to explain why such a troubled H would be so taken by her. The author also has a habit of starting the h off strong but she then becomes weak and mushy around the H, allowing him to get away with too much and suspending her previously rational behaviour.
Still I read to the end and was mildly entertained so there are some positives to the story if you can suspend belief for long enough.