by Tessa Dare


Plot/Storyline: 📖📖
Feels: 🦋🦋🦋
Romance: 💞
Emotional Depth:💔
Sexual Tension: ⚡️ ⚡️
Sensuality: 🔥🔥
Sex Scene Length: 🍆🍆

While this book started out well, it lost me around the middle and didn’t recover. Overall, I did not care for this book and that is hard for me to say because I do like Tessa Dare. But this book seemed to combine the things I dislike most about her writing all into one book. Usually there’s only one or two annoyances, but this book had them all.

There was a severe lack of character development and a lack of relationship development. Their romance was glossed over. They jumped in too soon and had sex way to soon and then all of the sudden me had gone by with the early stages of their relationship being entirely skipped. I hate when a romance does this. I am not reading a romance to focus on house flipping and animal adoption. I’m reading it for the hero and heroine, so give them to me! I had this same complaint The Governess Game, but at least I enjoyed that book and felt inspired to finish it. Getting through this one was difficult for me because I was incredibly bored.

The entire book is antics… one scene after another with some sort of weird, awkward, uncommon, unbelievable thing happening. The characters were overbearing and the animals were annoying. In past books I’ve enjoyed the snippets with silly animals but here a dozen of them converge on you and dominate the book and somehow overshadow the romance. I’m usually willing to suspend my disbelief, but here I found the whole thing unbelievable.

I don’t understand what happened to Tessa Dares writing because this book felt rushed and underdeveloped and short and basically like she just didn’t care about it. And so ultimately I didn’t care about it either. So, this was a dud for me.


I wasn’t happy with how the sexual abuse was uncovered or how it was dealt with. I didn’t feel it got the attention that subject deserves. While I knew something had happened in her past there was nothing in the book that that indicated it would be this. It felt dropped out of thin air and it didn’t feel traumatic for Penny, who had been hiding it away for decades, to disclose it to the people she loved. And the aftermath was underwhelming. This is a delicate topic, one that deserves attention and real human emotion attached to it. To use it merely as a plot device and to not think about the human aspect for people who have been through this, is weak and disappointing. Just don’t know why she would go there if she did not I tend make it a central and realistic (that part is key here) part of Penny’s story. All I got from it was she was molested and became a cat lady hermit because of it. But this kind of trauma is infinitely more complicated than that and I feel like it made sexual abuse nothing more than a cliche.

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