The Mackenzie family was interesting as a whole, but the character of Ian was very captivating. The concept is very unique and was well executed by the author. Overall, this is one of the best historical romance novels I have read. The only negatives of this book was some odd comments made by the heroine, Beth. Sometimes her reactions seemed forced or unnatural, even odd. Also, the author tends to repeat unimportant information multiple times throughout the book... it is distracting.
I really wanted to like this book. I was able to get through about half of it before I had to give up out of disgust. The male character, Jesse, was so abusive. The male dominate behavior was ridiculous and over the top. I felt like I was listening to an after school special about abusive relationships. It was impossible to get into the book because I was screaming the whole time about how this woman needed to run! Also, I was baffled by how quickly the female lead, Ava, proclaimed she "fell in love" with Jesse. I swear, she had sex with him twice, said about 10 words to him between each encounter and then all of a sudden was "in love". She came to this determination regardless of his crazy calls, stalking and scary "your mine" crap. It was just not at all something that seemed normal.
About 1/3 of the sex scenes needed to be replaced with an actual plot and dialogue. I felt like there was no plot, but rather just a series of similar sexual encounters. I bought the book in part for the sex scenes, but there should be some kind of a plot to the book other than having sex every 10 mins. It got to the point where I was thinking, "really, sex again?"
I would not recommend this book. There are some good sex scenes, but they become so frequent that there is little story left. Also, it scares me to think that anyone would find this kind of relationship to be a romance or even acceptable period. Jesse was abusive, controlling and an overall psycho.
This book was lacking in a realistic storyline. It was difficult to get into the book because the characters were so odd and slightly disturbing. The heroine went from victim to acting high as a kite, which apparently was supposed to signify her becoming emotionally stable?? The male lead was slightly abusive and I just could not connect with the character. I couldn't finish this book... literally, this was the first book in my life that I just cannot finish due to the horrible story line. Very disappointing.
The narration was okay, but the baby voice of the heroine was odd and threw off the listening experience.
No redeeming qualities that I can come up with.... really.
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