What tickled my fancy: Raised an interesting question for romance readers.
What ticked me off: Failed to answer it.
Who might like it: Fans of “trapped together” stories
Tom Quinlan is a typical Howard hero — dominating, aggressive, secretive, and not above being unethical to get what he wants. And he discovers that all of these traits put him at an extreme disadvantage with what he wants — Elizabeth, who was married to a classic abuser, and has a perfectly legitimate fear of Tom taking over her life. When they’re trapped together during a major blackout, the secrets come out.
I thought this was really interesting, because Howard heroes are often quite horrifying to contemplate outside the pages of a romance novel. But though I enjoyed the story, I felt let down when it didn’t really come up with a good reason for Elizabeth would get over her fears.