I am truly not one of those people who gets a kick out of not liking what everyone else likes. If it's something I enjoy, I don't care how popular it..Show More » is. I'll jump on the bandwagon and wave my flag like the village idiot. Heck, I love the most crazy, wth-just-happened Harlequins I can find. Literary snob, I am not.
That being said. I hated this. And, oh the reasons why...
1) It was ALL about the kid. Not what I call a romance. Don't get me wrong, the kid was cute. The kid was the most likeable character in the book, in fact.
2) Manufactured melodrama overload and a hero that is pathetic.
3) Not only first person, but rotating first person. We'd see things through the h's eyes in first person and then see the exact same things through the H's eyes in first person. Double wammy! Obviously that's YMMV. I've seen first person done well, but it rarely works for me.
Christian kicks Elizabeth out when he finds out she's pregnant and doesn't see her or the kid until the child is almost 5-years-old.
Wouldn't it have been just as dramatic and more forgivable to make the time period shorter. 2 years maybe? IMHO, the author wrote things to be as melodramatic as possible without having a way out that made sense for the characters (or anyone on this planet).
Why so long? Does that even make sense if he misses them so badly? Is that even forgivable? This lady needed to read more Harlequins. If you're going to go this far over the top, go all the way. Make it practically campy in it's OTT drama. Dude should have been a giant dick THEN just as he was going to find his love and newborn infant, he gets hit by a car and spends 5 years with amnesia all while having mysterious dreams of a blond woman and child that would cause him to wake in a sweat and make mysterious sketches. Meanwhile the blow to the head made him a finance genius and he becomes the most powerful tycoon on the planet. Then when he finds the heroine and his child, he goes all megalomaniac alpha and takes over with fake threats of taking the child, etc etc.
This hero was such a weenie. He had no good excuse. His dad was a pushy, arrogant bastard - cry me a friggin river.
Basically the H/h could have been together earlier (per the "H") if Elizabeth had made the first move. Because that makes sense after someone kicks you to the curb while pregnant. Just go chase him down, girl!
:-/ I feel like I need a gif here.
Apparently Christian was emo-boy sleep-with-anything-in-a-skirt-because-I-FEEL-so-much for almost six years while waiting for her to sue him for child support, or call, or something to open the lines of communication. He only finds them by a fluke.
I know some of the alpha heroes we read about would drive us INSANE in real life, but jeez this dude was so far down the Greek alphabet we may have to invent a new letter.
The author wrote herself into a hole then used Elizabeth's breakdown as a way out. A way for Christian to look like the better person (didn't work for me) and put them on more even footing I suppose, before the HEA. Because, no matter how nice Christian was to the little girl, it was damn impossible to explain those 5+ years, so she had to make Elizabeth look like a head case who made bad decisions too.