What tickled my fancy: Better ending than usual.
What ticked me off: Worse beginning than usual.
Who might like it: Fans of Harlequin Presents who can deal with an awful hero.
I started this and then realized I had previously DNF’d it with extreme prejudice. For some reason it was going down easier this time, and once past the bickerfest beginning, which made me want to flush both main characters down the toilet, it was perfectly readable. By the end, I quite liked it.
Extremely pregnant Callie is about to marry her best friend, when Eduardo — her former boss, and the father — turns up. The past history between them is so nasty, it makes it hard to blame Callie for deciding she and the baby would be better off without this guy. Eduardo continues to fail to endear himself to me by kidnapping Callie, forcing her to marry him, and then completely cutting her off from her family — even covertly suppressing her letters to and from them.
***SPOILER FOR THE END****
What makes this story different is that Eduardo actually realizes he was wrong and decides to change. There’s more than just a grovel — there’s actual action, including seeing a therapist!
The ending is a little more exciting than it really needs to be, but the emotions are strong and satisfying.