I can see why this book won Harlequins now-annual So You Think You Can Write contest in 2012. It's a great, quick read (typical of HP novels), but it had some depth to it that surprised me.
I have to say, I love Lilly. I mean, c'mon. Pissed off as she left Riccardo, she tossed her engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge. That's just awesome, IMO. She had some emotional scars and apparently was still trying to recover from an eating disorder. That's a topic not often covered in a category romance. I think Ms. Hayward paid it admirable attention, and showed that it's not just a "Okay, I'm not going to be that way any more" thing to recover from, but takes years and possibly even a lifetime of struggle to survive and thrive after.
Riccardo...yeah. Typical HP alpha jerk. The alpha jerks are half the reason I read these books - they're yummy! But he gets better and learns to communicate more than just grunting and ordering Lilly around.
I liked how they worked through the problems that had erupted between them to destroy their marriage initially. The only thing I really didn't care for was the pre-eclampsia issue. Lilly was barely pregnant, no more than 3 months along, and she developed incredibly severe pre-eclampsia. I'm sorry, but pre-eclampsia generally doesn't start until the second half of the pregnancy. This was waaaay too early for it to be showing up. But other than that, I ached for poor Lily and the potential of losing her baby, and her husband.
Altogether, I loved this book and I'm eager to read more of Ms. Hayward's work. A great debut from an awesome author. I'm looking forward to seeing more from her in the future.
Total 4-star rating from me!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.