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A good but not great addition to Happily, Inc.
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2019
While i enjoyed the book, there were some issues that bothered me. This is the story of Jasper Dembenski, a veteran with PTSD, and Renee Grothen, a local wedding planner who is gun shy about relationships. Jasper is an author of action thrillers, and plans to close out his successful series with some romance for his hero. However, Jasper can't write female characters, so he turns to Renee for help.
Here are some issues I had with the book. First, the ending seemed awfully abrupt. Second, although Renee expects Jasper to apologize for every gaffe or mistake (which he willingly and easily does), she holds herself to a different standard, where she doesn't apologize for anything, except at the abrupt HEA ending. And her problem growing up with her mother, that affects her to this day, I thought was awfully trivial, especially for an adult. While I'm glad I read the book, these issues lowered my rating to 4 stars.
Unrelated to my rating, but the bonus story is actually a previously published novella, A Very Merry Princess, published two years ago. This novella, which I had already read, is still for sale as a free-standing book. I was disappointed that what I thought was a new Happily Inc. story was not a new story.