Rook – Lena Bourne


350 pages

2.5 ⭐⭐⭐

Rook and Ines had a passionate relationship that lasted six-months, ten years ago. They were practically engaged to be married when one day Ines left to get breakfast and never returned. After days, weeks, months of searching the streets of Mexico City for Ines, Rook finally gave up and returned to the US, convinced she had left him for something better. So when Rook returns to Mexico on some MC business and finally spots Ines looking quite rich and comfortable, he’s quite surprised. And he demands an explanation.

I just couldn’t get into this book. The plot was slow and often uneventful. The conflicts weren’t very climactic and ended pretty fast. It took me three days to finish because I kept wanting to put it down.

I didn’t feel their connection or love for each other. They were together for six months, ten years ago. The author only provides one scene from that time and it happens to be the scene where Ines disappears. The rest of the book is spent with Ines and Rook alternating back and forth that they were so in love with each other and meant to be, etc. I wanted to be shown why they felt that way, not told.

My biggest peeve with this book was Rook. His love-hate for Ines and her acceptance of it like she deserved his wrath got old, fast. Yes, he was under the impression for ten years that she willingly left him and his resentment just grew and grew, but she needed to stop babying him every time he got irrationally mad at her and let him grow up. She was consistently abused and tortured by some psychopath for ten years while Rook slept with any woman he saw, but oh, he told many of them his sob story of the woman who left him. They both needed to step back and take a look at the situation and re-evaluate their feelings and relationship, because neither of them behaved rationally. It drove me nuts.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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