Top critical review
Lost me almost immediately
October 8, 2019
Unfortunately, this lost me almost immediately with its cheesy, over the top feel. When the hero is declaring his intent to marry the heroine (and holding back his profession of love) around 10% of the way into the book (after around 10 minutes spent together), I can’t take the story seriously. I love a man who knows what he wants but this was just too much, which is disappointing because I was intrigued by the premise.
The story follows Finn, a former soldier who has recently been forced into retirement following an injury. He meets Brooke, the town doctor, while teaching a self defense class. She takes him by complete surprise by stealing the show - and his heart - within minutes of meeting her. What follows is Finn’s pursuit of Brooke; he will stop at nothing to get forever with her.
This has the foundation of a good book, but so many things threw it off course. Finn is the biggest problem for me - even his brothers think he’s acting crazy. He comes off as a little nuts and a lot cocky, coming up with a plan to win Brooke as his wife before he even knows if she’s single. While Brooke is probably acting rationally, when compared to Finn she really seems to be overly resistant to a relationship. The combination of the two made them both seem extreme, which made it difficult to root for Finn and Brooke. What did I like about the book? Who these characters are down to their core; they’re both likeable people out to do some good, and if the connection wasn’t so over the top, I think I would’ve enjoyed their story. This one is a miss for me, but I appreciated receiving an ARC from NetGalley. I am voluntarily leaving a review.