- File Size: 449 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Jo Iles; 1 edition (May 26, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KLD9HYQ
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The basic story was fine, but I think the ex-husband’s girlfriend and deceased mother needed to be more “villianized” in order to be able to make the main character taking him back more palatable. If the girlfriend had been the one to steal the ideas and had pushed the ex-husband to do it or blackmailed him into doing it or there was some reason he wasn’t truly a willing participant in this act, then the fact that the main character forgives him and takes him back would be much easier to swallow for most readers.
The ex-husband character was manipulated by the women in his life (other than the main character), and didn’t seem to have much of a backbone or personality. I could’ve really been behind him much more if there was something legitimate in the story that caused him to allow this, rather than his just going with the flow, or even if he suddenly realized he needed to grow up and did a whole lot more than just profess his love and lose his job.
I think this author is a promising writer, but do hope that she has more emotion and conflict in her future books.
Just when I was really starting to develop a serious dislike for Daniel the story took a turn. Part two. In part two we get a little more insight into the character of Daniel. Yes he is selfish and egotistical, and he knows it. But he is willing to try, thus you are willing to give him a chance. Suffice to say this book makes for a pretty interesting read.
The H/h split up because he doesn't want kids. Why? We never find out. Then he tries to get her to terminate it. She runs away. He doesn't follow. Why? Again, we don't know. Instead, he picks up with his secretary. His wife, in the meanwhile, is raising her son without support from her husband. So five years later, he looks her up. Why? Hallelujah! We do know! The H wants the h to attend his birthday celebration. Meanwhile he sleeps with her several times. She goes to his home and realizes that he's used her designs and plans to build the house he's living in. But she's okay with it. She thinks he's built it like a tribute or memorial to their love. Hah! No chance. He's busy kissing her like he means it and she thinks he plans to try again. He even asks her to work out the interiors of his house. She's even thinking about it but as it turns out the birthday celebration is an ambush and it really is to announce his engagement to his secretary and he wants a divorce from the h as well as visitation.
Then she goes back home and realizes that the H and his secretary have STOLEN her designs and is using them to create cookie cutter houses under another company. Essentially, he's cheating on her and cheating her. She demands restitution but she isn't nearly as mad as I would be. I would be talking HUGE damages at this point but she seems to expect it from the man. And that was ominous.
Meanwhile, he continues to sleep with his fiancee while chancing his luck with the h. And he's totally into it when sleeping with the OW too. He even thinks about how much he enjoys it despite wishing he was sleeping with the h. The book ends with an anti-climatic finale where the OW asks him to choose between her and hunting for his missing son. So the h lands up with the H by default.
I have to say I felt shortchanged by the whole book. I didn't get any insight into why each of them thinks the other is the right choice for them. I didn't understand any of the motivations. The writing was okay but a little choppy in places.
There was some insinuation that he was unfaithful to the h when they were together but that was never dealt with. And that was symptomatic of the whole book. NOTHING was ever dealt with. Neither the allegations of cheating, the fact that he DID cheat the h and cheat on his OW with the h, her belief that he cheated on her (the h) with the OW while they were together.... nothing. They don't talk about his abandoning his young pregnant wife, she never asks for back payment of child support, she just never asks! The only time she shows some spine is when she demands compensation for her intellectual property and even then, she lets HIM decide the compensation amount and package. The h never demands to know the H's feelings towards the OW or shows any insecurity or anything. The H and the OW are business partners. There's one line that indicates that he wants to hang on to the h's company rather than his own and that just annoyed me. He cheated her and now she's supposed to trust him??? The h came across as worn out. She seemed like she was settling too just like he was. There was none of that grand passion that I would expect from a love story.
I started out by sympathizing and empathizing with the h and was indignant on her behalf. A good character does that to a reader. But that didn't evolve into anything further. She continued to hang about with the H and I continued to wonder why. Nothing about the H's personality led me to like him. He was a weak man, a mama's boy and a rotten husband at first, then a dishonest, unethical man towards the end. I must add however, that I did like the realistic portrayal of the child. He was cute and totally believable. One of the better inclusions of kids in romance stories that I've read. Too bad his parents couldn't keep up.