This is my first book by Ms. Saunders. Fat Cat Liar, for me, is as well a written romance novel as it gets. She put a new spin of betrayal that I found both inventive and exhilarating to read.
Having said that, I sincerely hope Ms. Sanders somehow reads this review.
The climax of the confrontation between the H/h is when the h discovers publicly that the H deceived her purposefully for his own gain. He tries to explain he is a changed man (he is) and the h decides to have one last sexual encounter before she breaks up with him.
Here is the rub. This uber intelligent, moral h takes "TWO SLEEPING PILLS", crushes them in water, gives them to him to take, and he does, without his consent/knowledge. She waits until he is "snoring" and unresponsive, and leaves. Ms. Saunders has the h ask herself if this is a bad idea (it is), so she calls his brother and leaves a key for the brother to use and walks out of her townhouse.
And here is the problem with that. Ms. Sanders has the h commit assault and battery - a felony. It is beyond illegal to give someone any medication without consent, let alone "sleeping pills". Then, Ms. Saunders decides to attempt to give the h a pass because she called his brother to come watch him. The h leaves minutes after the H ingested the pills. Seriously. Before the h waltzed out of the townhouse, the H was unconscious and unresponsive.
Bottom line - It speaks to either incompetent and/or non-existent research and a total lack, as Ms. Sanders wrote, in "decent common sense". I find it hard to believe, in this day and age with beta readers, the current drug and opiate misuse epidemic, editors, common sense, 24 hour news channels, that someone would not pipe up and question that drugging someone, leaving them alone unconscious and in an altered mental state, is a horrendous plot line. Not to mention validating doing it in the first place. Did I mention it is a FELONY?
The poor guy, if he got into trouble, would have been brain dead or dead long before his brother (or anyone else for that matter) would even find him.
I have read over 800+ romance novels. The only other times I have ever read a plot involving drugging someone, it has always been criminals (and that includes rapists with GHB).
My goal with this review is to hold the author accountable for such an obviously immoral and illegal act of a plot. Drugging someone should never be portrayed as an acceptable solution versus asking them to leave. The h was written as an MIT grad, billionaire father, with a high moral standard. What high moral standard? What ethic?
Unfortunately, drugging him showed her moral compass and standards non-existent. If she would drug someone versus standing her ground and ensuring he left (as anyone with half a brain, morals and common sense would do), what else is she capable of? It made her decision entitled, ignorant and criminal.
It ruined a great story for me.