Series: The Horseman Trilogy #2
Published by Signet on July 12th 2016
FINAL DECISION: Oh, I wish I could have liked this book but I ended up being annoyed with the characters lack of communication, continued antipathy toward one another and then how quickly all the past was so neatly resolved.
THE STORY: Kenneth Woodfall has returned from war to find that the girl he once loved and then hated has just gotten betrothed. Miss Moira Hayes fell in love with Kenneth and met him secretly until the long running feud between the families flared up again and she could never forgive him. She blames him for the death of her brother. There is nothing but passion between Kenneth and Moira whether it be love or hate. When a snowstorm forces them to take shelter together, their lives are changed.
OPINION: I really wanted to like this book after enjoying the first book in the series, but unfortunately, I just got tired of the antipathy between the characters. Almost the entirety of the book consists of arguments and sometimes outright hatred especially from Moira. Then at the end, she learns the truth and never acknowledges that she was a jerk. In the same way I expect heroes to grovel when they have been grossly unfair, I expected her to at least admit that she was wrong. Nope, not here. For me, when the conflict between the characters is so intense, I believe that it takes more than a couple of pages at the end to completely resolve the conflict.
I think the antipathy from Moira was just too strong during the book so everything else was overwhelmed. Their romantic moments fell flat because of it. Their first sexual encounter was strange and just didn’t work for me.
So what did I like? I liked Kenneth who I felt was a much more well rounded and likeable character. Despite Moira’s treatment of him, he was a nice guy most of the time. I also liked the Romeo and Juliet family dispute part of the story. I also did like how Kenneth and Moira began to work through their relationship to try and have a marriage. I just felt that the balance between hate and love was off in the entirety of the book.
WORTH MENTIONING: The heroine has a miscarriage during the book for those who might be sensitive to the topic.
CONNECTED BOOKS: UNFORGIVEN is the second book in the Horsemen Trilogy. It takes place concurrently with the events in the first book and can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 2 stars.