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This series has become supremely annoying
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2018
Each progressive book in this series is more boring than the last. Nothing is resolved, there are just different (dragged out) obstacles here and there. I expected more from the author of the Ministry of Curiosities series. This series is basically just one extremely long story and shouldn’t have been more than (at the max) two books. It feels more like an author being greedy than an attempt at writing something good.
Some of the ongoing nonsense doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
Why does she stick around when she supposedly agrees she can’t be with him? Just to torture herself? (He doesn’t need her there just to save him because anyone else could do the same.) She may have a lease on her place, but that will only last so long if she can’t cancel it. She should have enough money to be able to stay somewhere else til then.
Why is he agreeing to marry his cousin??? Her mistake wasn’t his fault, and he especially doesn’t owe anything to the family he just found out about and that has been mean and manipulative to him. He expects the h to share everything with him, but he tries to keep it secret that he agreed to marry his cousin. He obviously doesn’t love the h and is just stringing her along. Then, just because he’s upset, he goes off to get drunk. That’s just cheating in a story, and shouldn’t be happening to a character you’re supposed to believe in and trust. Someone who gets drunk to hide away from things that bother him is going to be drunk all the time and is Not a hero.
She’s refusing him because of what people will think? That’s BS and means she doesn’t love him. How can she care more for the aunt that says she’s not good enough for him than the man she supposedly loves? How can she put up with the horrible belittling woman, let alone like her? The author has changed her from being a strong woman into a wimpy girl. And everything is moot if they go to the US like he keeps talking about. There won’t be anyone to disparage her there. Same goes for the magic. There’s no reason to stick around where she’s known and will be harassed. Planning on leaving solves two big problems.
So, in conclusion, she doesn’t love him enough to not care what others think, and he doesn’t love her enough to not marry his cousin. (Ick!) The author has turned both main characters into spineless wimps. I haven’t even finished this story yet, and it (plus the other books in this series) is making me so irritated that I had to put it down. I am truly disappointed in this author.
Addendum: I finally finished the story. And was sorry I did. My exact first thought was: Stupid Stupid Ending. *More Spoilers* he gets shot (again!) and she just goes off with the shooter? He no longer has anything to threaten her with! His big threat is that he’ll shoot her or the other guy, but he can’t shoot either or he loses the ability to get what he wants. Thoroughly stupid, which she isn’t supposed to be. Then instead of fighting him she goes off with him as a weak pathetic little thing. Ugh!
I did like the watch scene, but then the story went back to stupidity and a cliffhanger.
How in the world would his uncle get hold of ANY kind of threat that would force him to marry his cousin. WTF! He’s still keeping secrets and won’t tell her what’s going on, which is totally wrong if it has to do with her. He and his uncle haven’t known each other very long, and the male lead is supposed to be this sure, strong, independent man that won’t take bull from anyone. And how can this supposed man tell her he’s going to marry her when he’s promised to someone else? How can she be happy overhearing him not caring enough to disentangle himself from his cousin, but letting her believe that they’ll still be married? He’s just obviously duplicitous and has no honor. I am just disgusted with this.
This review started out at three stars, but the more I read the lower the rating went. It actually deserves a negative number for the garbage it is.