Genres: Enemies to Lovers, Fake Relationship
I devoured this book immediately.
It was a “hide the Kindle under the cover, so I don’t wake my husband” kind of night.
I did get as far as turning it off and laying it on the nightstand a few times, but just minutes later after wondering what was going to happen next, back under the covers, I’d go.
I was quickly pulled into the story and didn’t want to crawl out until I knew the conclusion.
It’s ironic how much I love grouchy mean assholes in books, but would never want to be in the same room with one in real life – unless he was sexy, then I would cover my ears and just stare at him. (I’m easy that way)
So, it’ didn’t come as a surprise to me that I would still LOVE Banks asshole-ness.
I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but you’ll understand his insulting behavior more as the story unfolds. As much as I wanted to hate him, I also wanted his defenses broken down and to appreciate what was right in front of him.
Noura was young, but very strong, smart, caring and somewhat of an old soul.
You can’t help but root for her in life.
I flinched when she was treated poorly, I swooned when she swooned, and I even understood her actions when she would be mad at herself for being so attracted to someone so unapologetically hateful. I would have made him grovel and suffer more, but I blame some of her actions as being young, in love and inexperienced.
I’ve loved every book I’ve read by R.K. Lilley.
When I read Up In The Air back in 2012, I knew this author would become an automatic one-click for me.
Reading about Tristan & Danika’s hard-fought love story cemented it.
Besides loving the main characters, she also has the talent of creating secondary characters that I care about, as well.
One of my favorite elements of a forced coupling/arranged marriage romance is that despite the efforts of one or both to not develop feelings for the other, it slowly begins to happen. I love the anticipation, the unwanted cravings, the couple’s “firsts”.
I’ll take a slow burn relationship over insta-love any day unless it involves Jovie and the person who caught her eye. Hint, hint.
It may have taken a while for us to receive another story from her, but for me, it was well worth the wait.