To my chagrin, this book was such an utter disappointment. While Annie Gracie has never been one of my favorite authors, her books are always solidly decent and engaging. However, this book was simply dreadfully dull. It was a complete chore to get through. A complete snooze fest.
The beginning of the book starts out decently enough. Lady Lily Rutherford is kidnapped (a real shake-up from the typical trope of random kidnapping at the end of books) for her inheritance. In the process of escaping she runs into her brother’s friend Edward Galbraith.
Edward Galbraith isn’t really sure what to think about Lily (other than that she gets his engines running), but knows he has to return her home safely. However, when word gets out that they traveled through the countryside together, scandal and propriety forces them to marry.
All of this is set up for a greatly entertaining book but it just fell flat. It was definitely insta-love on Lady Lily’s part. Of course, her infatuation makes sense—Edward did save her life. However, I never really felt like Lady Lily moved past her hero worship of Edward. Her feelings for him reminded me more of a young girl’s endless devotion to a boy band than a deep love grown out of mutual respect. Furthermore, I just found Lady Lily a thoroughly annoying character. Gracie waxes on about Lady Lily’s loyalty and ability to forgive but all I saw was a girl that lets everyone walk all over her.
Edward wasn’t much better. He was a very angsty man who just wallowed in his own misery for most of the book. For the life of me, I couldn’t see why Lily found him so appealing. The chemistry between Edward and Lily (other than during sexy times) felt non-existent. There were too many scenes in this book where they just sat in comfortable silence. While I understand that some people are more talkative than others, and that “comfortable silence” is important, one does need to converse to build a proper relationship.
I give this book two stars instead of one because it never made me angry or deeply uncomfortable. I never wanted to chuck my Kindle at the ground or murder one of the main characters. Furthermore, it was well written. That is it for the nice things I have to say about this book. It was painstakingly boring and the characters were annoying. Definitely a miss.