Pages: 352 pages
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Intro: Mary Jo Putney is one of those authors that I inherited from my Mother. I love her books.
Heroine: Laurel-She is one of those rare characters that started out bad and stayed bad. I mean, her husband killed an assassin in their home and instead of being thankful that they are still alive even if a bit rattled, she freaks out a considers him evil. And then proceeds to do it again. She’s just intolerable because she doesn’t change her behavior.
Hero: James-I loved him. He was such a good guy and was far more tolerant of Laurel’s behavior than she deserved. I actually ended up feeling quite bad for him throughout the book because his heroine gave me a headache.
Chemistry: I didn’t necessarily find it difficult to buy into their story because I quite enjoy angst. But I did have trouble in that I did not like Laurel at all and given that I loved James, I wanted him to divorce her and find someone nicer and less prone to tantrums.
Conclusion: I really wanted to love this one and I came quite close at times but this one fell a bit short of love. Laurel was a source of great frustration for me. We just didn’t mesh well. But James almost completely made up for her shortcomings. And as always, Mary Jo Putney is a fantastic writer.
Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.