I couldn’t wait to say goodbye to this book.
It took me over two months to finish this book, and that is about 30 times as long as it takes me to finish most books. I just couldn’t stop putting the book down and avoiding it at all costs. Here’s why:
The book’s blurb gave me the impression that the two main characters, Tessa and Simon, were meant to be together but life kept getting in the way. What I got was a selfish heroine with intimacy issues that consciously made poor decisions and a hero that went gaga stupid over a woman that simply didn’t deserve him. With those two at the helm of this sinking romance, it’s a wonder I finished the book at all.
The plot was promising, but the execution let me down. With two MCs that are supposed to have feelings for each other, the reader should want them to be together. I didn’t. Simply because I felt like the author forced them together. Simon was all about Tessa from the beginning. Being in his head I was so convinced of his desire to learn more about her and wooed by his determination to get near her that I was completely caught off guard when it was learned that he was in a relationship and practically engaged.
Not so swoon-worthy now, huh?
A lot of reviewers seemed smitten with Simon – and yes, he was likable – and completely overlooked the fact that the main character HEAVILY pursued another woman out of infatuation despite having a partner waiting for him back home. It’s obviously a personal preference, but I don’t find men like that desirable enough to star in my romantic fantasies/stories. And Tessa… she was obviously attracted to Simon, but so dismissive of his attention that their chemistry was purely one-sided. Her peak selfish moment was when she stood Simon up in Las Vegas and cemented my eternal dislike of her.
I don’t need insta-love by any means, but I needed more of a connection early on to even believe they would try to meet up again in the future. And since I wasn’t convinced, I just felt like I was wasting my time with this book.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.