I read so I can write
Normally I rate Kleypas novels very high. This one disappointed me some. For one thing, I was not happy with the narration. It just wasn't as good as I think someone else might have been with the accents
The story disappointed because the characters weren't all very realistic. Ella supposedly had overcome a really destructive childhood, but struck me as being a pathetic and willing victim of her mother and sister and boyfriend. When she turns from that particular boyfriend to one who is a major Alpha male, the switch isn't realistic. .
The plot itself could have been better played out in my opinion. Of course it is only my opinion.
I did as others suggested and listened to all of Lisa Kleypas books in order. The first two were much better than this one. I am with the others that the narrator is bad and she probably had a lot to do with why this one didn't seem as good. As far as the story, I didn't like this one because the female lead character was too weak. She let her mother run her over, sister run her over and I didn't like her. The romance was sweet but I still think the first book was the best. The story of Liberty and Gage was much better than Jack and Ella.
This is my first Lisa klaypas. I found this novel to be similar to 50 shades books ...but, without the overtly kinky (honestly, they actually had little), better writing and with a much better storyline. Considering the popularity of those books, I can't imagine I have never heard of this author before. I looked her up and wow where have I been.
Not wanting to repeat the summary - because it's sufficient an accurate, I will say that it's a plausible story with lots of steam and a story that will keep you hanging on to the end.