Published by Entangled: Indulgence
Publication Date: June 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Former Army Captain and venture capitalist Preston Guthrie has always had a thing for Cat Kingston, but he never felt like he could date his best friend’s sister. Plus, he’s a wrong-side-of-the-tracks guy and she’s a white-picket-fence kind of woman. Yet when they met again just before he was deployed, sparks flew. A fire ignited. And the heat was hot. For the first time, he thought a relationship with her might be possible…until an injury in the war changed everything…
Journalist Cat Kingston had a rough couple of years, surviving a broken engagement and the loss of her job. But connecting with Preston last fall seemed right. They shared steamy Skype sessions while he was overseas—until he was wounded, and cut her off without explanation. Now he’s back in town to be the Best Man for her sister’s wedding…and she wants answers.
Preston’s struggling with a leg wound, but the war scarred him on the inside, too. When Cat pays him a surprise visit and her brother catches them in a compromising position, Preston tells him they’re dating. He’s not sure how he can spend the entire wedding week fake-dating her when the chemistry between them feels anything but
A glance at the blurb of this book was all I needed to want to read it – the best friend, younger sister story line as well as a tortured, military hero – some of my favorite things in a romance. I really wanted to love this book, especially because it’s the first book I have read by this author but sadly it was not to be, because of the characters and even though I waited to write this review, my opinion of the characters hasn’t changed since the first time I read this book.
Preston Gutherie is a war hero, a smart businessman and a jackass. I can empathize with Preston’s issues and concerns, but he did not redeem himself in any way and I don’t think he deserved Cat. Make up your mind, already!
Cat Kingston on the other hand, is a sweet thoughtful woman, but very weak and a pushover. With their history and everything going on, this had the makings of a really great romance and I do think that the writing was good, but I can’t get over the constant rejection by Preston and the fact that Cat kept coming back for more from him. But it wasn’t just that. It was the fact that she couldn’t even stand up to her family at all and when it came to her choice of career, she let them push her into a career she didn’t like instead of fighting for what she wanted.
This review is not fun to write and I really did try to find the silver lining, but alas there was none. Every time I tried to rationalize the characters’ behavior, I just ended up getting worked up, but I give it three stars because my strong reaction to this book means that the author did something good. I have a couple more of her books in my reading queue and I’m hoping my experience will be better next time.