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Just cut the thread already.
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2020
CRs can be a guilty pleasure for me, even though sometimes they are more a pain than a pleasure. This particular one was getting excellent reviews and the price is right so I figured it was worth the try. Not only that, but the H and h are older (39 and 40-something) so that was another thing in its favor.
Well, after reading the first scene in this, the set-up where they meet in a pizza joint, she as impatient waitress, he as a jerk of a customer, I put this down and started to reflect on my choices in life. But I picked it up again (another reason to wonder about myself) and actually finished it as a captive audience on my exercise bike.
This romance is interminable. It's no WAR AND PEACE, so why so many pages? About the third time I read about the hero's instant erections around the heroine and his need to run and jerk off in his office bathroom, I was again wondering about myself and my choices in life.
And the heroine? She's made out to be a bit of a Wonder Woman by the author. She can do anything. And she's a saint, working a gazillion jobs to keep her father in a very expensive nursing home. She teaches dance, waits tables, does private computer consulting work, and, when the hero's mother offers her a job at the mother's well-regarded fashion magazine (because the run-in at the pizza place had caused her to be fired), she shows herself capable of doing anything there and doing it well. Oh, and , of course, she's very sexy and has a winning personality (usually).
She does, however, show an inability to make very good life decisions at times. For example, when her first paycheck at the magazine is late and she needs the money to pay her father's nursing home ASAP, does she ask her best friend and owner of a strip joint to lend her the money for a few days? Nope. Instead she asks to be one of the amateur strippers for a night.
I will admit that the sexual chemistry between the H and h is hot and I guess the sex is good, but, good grief, these two behaved more like teens or 20-somethings, not like the middle-aged characters they were supposed to be. And the length of this one-horse story. It went one and on and on and on. And, of course, just as we thought that everything was all set between H and h, he has to behave in classic jerk mode to give us a Big Misunderstanding and even more pages.