Published by Gallery Books on July 5th 2016
“You are as stuck with me as I am with you, no matter how much we both hate it.”
FINAL DECISION: Rather bland characters and story make this a book that was okay to read but not one I will rush to pick up again.
THE STORY: Brooke Whitworth is ordered by the Prince Regent to be sent to marry Lord Dominic Wolfe, the enemy of her hated brother in order to settle a dispute which has led to three duels between the men. If either family does not participate, their lands and titles will be forfeit. Brooke’s brother is happy to send her believing that Lord Wolfe will reject her as a bride. The Wolfe, however, intends on frightening her away. What he doesn’t expect is that Brooke is happy to marry a man far away from her hated family and she will do everything to make him accept her.
OPINION: I am a big fan of Johanna Lindsey. I’ve been reading her books for thirty years, but this one was a disappointment. There was nothing bad about the book, it just consisted of such a bland story and bland characters that it is utterly forgettable.
I liked Brooke as a character. She refuses to be cowed by her circumstances or her unhappy fiance. She is determined to make things work for her. She is clever and kind. Unfortunately, she was the best part of the book and was not unique enough to support the entire book.
Dominic was the biggest disappointment. His character was just bland and unimpressive. There didn’t seem to be anything to his character except his vendetta against Brooke’s brother. My reaction to him was just a big yawn.
The story was resolved in too pat a manner. Too much easy happy endings where things were too broken to be so easily resolved. I just felt a big lack of any intense emotions, even passion in this book. There was one obligatory love scene that wasn’t particularly interesting either.
The story wasn’t horrible, but just so bland that I would just recommend reading one of the amazing Lindsey books instead of this one.
WORTH MENTIONING: The funniest part of this book is when Dominic keeps getting his face slapped “propositioning” new mistresses.
CONNECTED BOOKS: MAKE ME LOVE YOU is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 2.5 stars.