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Hated the heroine
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021
This is an adorable, intelligent rom com... that is just RUINED by an unbearable heroine. There were so many times when I almost abandoned ship because of her snap judgments, constant negativity, hurtful actions, and myriad of insecurities, but there’s so much GOOD in the story that I wanted to see how it all played out. I actually really think I’d enjoy the author’s work with a different dynamic, because the hero was a cinnamon roll sweetie, the steamy scenes built up the intimacy, and there’s some great depth to the story. But, WOW, this heroine got on my nerves in a big, big way.
The story follows Cat, a woman who has lost her trust in men (a few unexpected triggers there). Her ex-husband did a number on her, and dating has proven to be an exhausting, disappointing waste of time ever since. So it just figures that the one guy she seems to have a connection with is a cocky bartender who reminds her way too much of her cheating ex. Myles has the flirtatious, charming persona of a playboy, but he seems to spend a surprising amount of time studying Cat. And when she starts to see another side to Myles - a sweet, endearing, insecure side - Cat isn’t sure what to think.
I loved Myles a lot and wholeheartedly wish that we got to see his side of the story. It was obvious to me that Cat broke his heart repeatedly, and she humiliated him more than once. If gender roles were reversed, Myles would be considered a doormat, that’s how much abuse he takes from Cat. She needs therapy to deal with her trust issues before any relationship will last. The evolution of their love story didn’t work, and the first declaration of feelings elicited a cringe and a surprised laugh from me - not the desired reaction.
I hate that this review ended up sounding so negative, because the foundation of the book is strong. I love that this deals with empowerment and loving yourself as you are. I love the overall tone of the story, with its light yet heartfelt vibe. I love the complexity of the characters. I love how intimacy was showcased in the steamy scenes. There’s so much potential here that, while this particular book was not a total win for me, there’s definitely enough good stuff to have me coming back for more.