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Wish I had liked better
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
I really wanted to like this book more. The cover is beautifully done, the storyline an interesting idea, and I went into it with high hopes. Unfortunately, I ended up skimming pages toward the end. SPOILERS AHEAD. The friends were annoying, more like middle schoolers than grown men. No one in the whole book seemed to be able to have a straightforward conversation without silly misunderstandings that made the characters behave without intelligence. The reason for the main character to get married to the other woman was noble but not enough for him to put up with her nastiness, and she is all kinds of nasty, to the point of committing illegal acts to get this man she puts down constantly to marry her. The woman he figures out belatedly that he loves has always been in love with him, but when he confesses his love to her and asks her to give him a chance, it's on-again, off-again for way too many pages. She needs her salary for her sick daughter's medicine, but threatens to quit over and over through the book, moves into the hero's mansion to save money and immediately threatens to move back out, and finally does move out toward the end of the book, all without a real plan. Good thing she's got one of the hero's friends to mooch off of until she gets back on her feet with her daughter and her daughter's caretaker in tow. For a devoted mother, she also tends to leave her daughter repeatedly without a look back. Her ex gets thrown in there for a few pages, too, somehow getting into the mansion just long enough to have him act as he never did before by physically and almost sexually assaulting her, so he can get thrown in jail. The heroine sprains her ankle, then gets stomach flu, all within a couple of days. It was too much, and without rhyme or reason. The idea seemed to be to move the plot forward by throwing everything but the kitchen sink in there and stirring. By the end, I'd had way more than enough.