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Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.
Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.
He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.
My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.
We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.
One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.
We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.
But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.
I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.
All he has to do is stay.
I thought this sounded interesting, conflict of religions, conflict of career v relationship, and then Lia’s daughter falls in love with Devraj’ nephew Sanjay, and its the race/religion issue all over again.
Times change though and Lia’s daughter Danielle is determined to stand up for her love. She’s the same age as Lia was when she fell in love with Devraj, but very different in strength, outlook, confidence.
Lia’s brought her up sure of her own worth, whereas she was only of value to her family for the marriage she could make, not herself, her art, just a woman to be married off to the right man, the one the family chose, not the one she loved.
Its kind of easy to say she should have been stronger, but if you aren’t brought up to express your own feelings, push for your own way, know your own value then its hard to go against family pressure.
Lia’s a grown woman now though and she frustrated me, she’s still faffing about, not sure of what she wants and I just didn’t see what reasons she had to push Devraj away as she did. She’s still in love with him, she can have her newly fledged career and him, but she seems to think its an either/or situation, and I don’t see where that comes from.
I loved Danielle and Sanjay – very much in love, very determined to stay together. They have a real maturity about them that they’ll need, given the families opposition. Danielle’s dad is a typical misogynistic guy, men have all the answers, women are there for men’s convenience. He only pays lip service to his religion too – sadly there’s many like that, outwardly devoted to whatever religion, while actually ignoring all the tenants of it.
Gabe, Danielle’s younger brother was a great kid and felt very real, I liked his parts in the story.
Devraj, I understood his bitterness at Lia, but didn’t see where this antagonistic view of Danielle was coming from. He seemed the last person to me to object, if his nephew was happy, but at first he was so determined to split them up – then he does a complete turnaround, and that just didn’t feel real, didn’t sit right with me.
The story itself is a mix of Danielle and Sanjay, Lia and Devraj, and plods along gently, but without any real plots IMO. I felt it was filling pages much of the time rather than telling a story. I didn’t feel the drama, didn’t feel the situations were real, and that coloured my whole view of the romance(s).
The slightly clunky addition to the title sums up the way the novel felt to me, potentially great but for me too dated and bland, a lot like reading a 70’s M&B novel – millions of readers love them, and I’m happy for them, but they’re not for me.
Stars: Two and a half, sounded really interesting, there were a few good bits but mostly too bland for me.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers