Like other reviewers, I am a true fan of the Eden trilogy and developed a fondness for the Patrick Hayward character. I was thrilled to see that Nicole wrote this book and continued Patrick's story. After all, Nicole writes well, tells a romantic tale, and portrays fun and realistic characters. So buying this book was a no-brainer for me.
But what I had no way of knowing upfront was how this story line would affect me. Nicole selected a very real topic (domestic violence) as a subplot and told the story in such realistic, romantic, and honest ways that I fully fell in love with Patrick's character; I thought I loved Patrick in the Eden books, now I have a deeper level of love and respect for his character.
This new book (written from Patrick's point of view) will make women swoon over the way real men--like our granddaddy's--used to treat women and protect women from abusive dirt bags. Defending our honor, protecting us, making us happy with genuine romance and gentlemanly behavior, real men like Patrick Hayward can make even the coldest of hearts go pitter-patter.
I am clueless why some people gave this book negative reviews. Perhaps it's because Nicole deals with a modern and sensitive topic in the backdrop of Patrick's story? The topic is not a pleasant reality, but is definitely a symptom of our mortal world and dealt with powerfully when described by a two-hundred plus year-old immortal character. In my opinion, it took boldness and authenticity for Nicole to weave a tale about abuse and neglect into a witty and romantic main story, but Nicole's boldness played off in a very successful manner.
In one line: I definitely recommend that you buy this book! I promise you will love Patrick even more than you thought you loved him in United Eden!