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Oblivious to the #MeToo movement
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2018
I enjoyed the unusual premise of a woman in her mid-thirties with a slightly younger man. I would love to see more mature heroines. There were two main problems with this book.
1). Ela knew the hero when he was a pre-pubescent boy and she was an adult. In fact, the hero, Collin, was the best friend of her stepson. Ela treated him in a motherly fashion as he was growing up, as he didn't have much in the way of family himself. That was hard for me to get past and kind of grossed me out.
2). I could not believe the amount of sexual assault that happened from the hero toward the heroine. Collin's attitude was "Hey, I am pretty sure you're attracted to me, so I'm going to sexually assault you until you like it," even after the heroine repeatedly tells him no in no uncertain terms. Collin's general response to her refusals run along the line of "I know you want it" and then he proceeds to touch her sexually as she firmly tells him to stop. I was shocked. I sincerely hope that some reader reading this who has been a victim of sexual assault is not retraumatized by this. And I even more sincerely hope that no young man reads this book and thinks this behavior is okay. He will find himself in prison. This book is more like the premise of a rapey old school romance from the 1980's. Bottom line. Finding a person attractive does not give them license to touch you sexually when you REPEATEDLY TELL THEM NO!