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- Print Length: 182 pages
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- Publisher: Shannon Stacey (February 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BJ8GFCI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Travis was a jerk in high school who had drunken sex with a girl he barely knew and was forced to marry when she becomes pregnant. Once he's grown, he hasn't much changed. Because Gena now looks good compared to how she looked in high school, he falls in instant hate/lust with her, despite having a fiancee of his own. He never improves throughout the story. Yes, he's a good father to his newly discovered daughter, but mostly he's a manipulative a-hole.
Gena is a whiny doormat. She doesn't even seem to know Travis, but she's been in love with him since she was five years old, despite how he's treated her all along. She takes the blame for his bad behavior pretty much without question, only occasional flares of temper that never resolve anything.
Despite numerous scenes where they "have to talk", they never do, and it's a mystery why they want anything to do with each other aside from their daughter who is as manipulative as her father. I ended up liking the fiancee, who was supposed to be the villain of the story better than any of the principal characters. While she also hung in there way too long with Travis, she eventually had the good sense to finally dump him.
I like Ms. Stacey's writing and will read more of her books, but this was a disappointment.
As a teen, the hero used the heroine to act out, took her virginity, never called, and, when she wound up pregnant, was a butthurt jerk calling her a bitch who trapped him. Parents forced them to marry and two weeks later he finds bloody panties. Instead of wondering about the heroine's health or the baby's health, or wondering about a miscarriage, he decides she's a scheming bitch who trapped him with a lie. He stalks into the kitchen, dumps her panties on the table, and abandons her, never to lay eyes on her again...and yet ALSO managing to blame her for fifteen years for having 'ruined his life!'
Fifteen years later, he and his fiance are booked into the heroine's bed and breakfast, where he proceeds to treat both the heroine and the fiance like crap. Having 'lied by omission' that he had never been married, he begins lying by commission by hiding from his fiancé that he knows (and had once been married to) the heroine.
Then he finds out the heroine had not in fact been lying as a teen but had in fact been pregnant when he abandoned her, and that since then she has raised their daughter on her own, a revelation that sent him on an all new tirade about what a lying bitch the heroine is.
The rest of the story is his 'fighting his feelings' by which I mean he spends 90 percent of the book trying to hang onto his fiance while kissing the heroine, telling his fiancé that he loves her, and telling the heroine that he repeatedly kisses that he loves his fiancé, but continuing to kiss the heroine and getting pissy every time the heroine tries to set limits against his touching her. I lost count of how many passive aggressive kiss the heroine and then tell her he doesn't want her instances happen (and he has the nerve to act
possessive if she dates anyone else.)
Basically, this is an emotionally abusive relationship.
I have no clue why the heroine 'loves' the guy when there has apparently never been a time when he actually treated her fairly -- much less well (He never treats her well).
There's simply no romance, just his pushing and pulling and alternating between insulting, hurting, and kissing his not-fiance-heroine until the fiance rightfully leaves the jerk. (good for her! The fiance is the only one with a lick of sense in the entire book).
I'm not even sure I qualify this as having a happy ending. Winning the guy who consistently blames the heroine for his own actions, consistently treats her poorly, never has an iota of concern for her feelings, spends the entire book on the cusp of being unfaithful to his fiance who he claims to love isn't the stuff of happy ever afters. Its the stuff of gas lighting and emotional abuse.
The writing was decent. The hero was an alphahole jerk and the classic therapist who needs to go into therapy to fix his own personality problems. He never takes responsibility for anything and is a spoiled child-man.
Fifteen years lapse, a chance meaning brings them face to face with the horrible truth he self-righteously denies as her lies....when I'm fact, HE ACCUSED HER AND LEFT!
Back and forth turmoil throughout the story and now where does he fully accept HIS part in the nightmare of stupidity. It's all the former teenage wife's fault.
Are you kidding, me?!
It takes two to conceive a child, it takes two to work at a marriage but it takes only one to betray it and HE'S INDIGNANT?
I'm flabbergasted the author wants me to buy his torturous conflicting feelings and he constant abuse of her adult feelings while he figures it out?
The author want to wrap it up into a marriage proposal after 15 years of hatred, months of an current embattled relationship while being introduced to his fifteen year old daughter and suddenly, he proposes marriage?!
Insult to intelligence, the mother of his child puts up minimal rebuff to his wants and she MARRIES him with no resolution of their history and forgiveness? No building of a solid relationship in the here and now?
Is this a Grimm Brothers fairy-tale?
Many of her other books were better pieced together and the story flowed logically to conclusion...not so for this effort. I was very disappointed in this story line and if, this had been my first, it would have been my last. I'm ambivalent to purchase another even with so many other successes of Shannon Stacey. I have only so much budget for leisure reading and to waste it being frustrated when reading gives me pleasure and peace, is almost sacrilege.