I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Melissa Foster
Released: September 5th 2017
Series: Sugar Lake #1
Published by Montlake Romance
“I also wasn’t the hugest fan of the hero, Zane.”
~ Under the Covers
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read something from Melissa Foster. I haven’t given up on her at all, but life does get in the way sometimes. This series is one that’s slightly different. Firstly, it’s published with a publisher this time and I could immediately tell the difference in the writing. It doesn’t sound like Foster’s usual writing style. While the core bits are present, I do feel like the flow was different and I think that’s the result of having someone else working on it.
This book has a fake engagement trope in it. I am not a fan of this trope at all. It’s overused and kind of boring for me because I feel like it really undermines the romance and I felt that way with this book too. Everything that is meant to develop the bond between Willow and Zane felt contrived and unbelievable.
I also wasn’t the hugest fan of the hero, Zane. He’s an actor who has had a lot of great success. He’s meant to be a little cocky and for me, that was his downfall. I really didn’t like the part where he used the fact that he took Willow’s virginity all those years ago to coerce her into this fake engagement together. I don’t know. It wasn’t romantic to me at all so the author had to work extra hard to make up for it and make me fall in love with Zane again.
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