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Characters: The hero in this novel makes most villains look good. He's arrogant, rude, selfish, vile tempered, shallow and (if the plot is to be believed) ignorant. He seems to be the only one in town who can't seem to figure out who the heroine is and what she's there for. For her part, the heroine is lacking even the remnants of common sense in getting hooked up with him in the first place. I suppose that might be my personal tendency to be baffled by women who fall in love with men who treat them terribly 90% percent of the time. It seemed each time he was nice to her, it was a breadcrumb she grabbed up like a starving bird. Her love for him just came of as weakness and a bit of desperation.
Plot: When I was about halfway through the book, I came back to Audible to check and make sure this was an unabridged book. It "felt" abridged. There were lots of things that weren't explained at all, or weren't explained enough for me to find them credible. As I don't want to provide spoilers here, I will not say more, but the gaps were pretty apparent to me, particularly pertaining to the intrigue. The relationship between the two main characters was almost painful to follow, and it's the only romance I can think of where I actually wished something bad would happen to the hero. Even his "redemption" wasn't that believable, because by the time I made it that far, I despised him to the point of actually hoping she'd dump him and move on. A complicated hero is one thing, but this guy was just not likable, at least not by me.
Narration: I bought this book because Phil Gigante was narrating it and I love him. His narration was wonderful as always. His voice is as smooth as flesh over satin sheets, and he was by far the best part of this book. At least one and a half of the two stars I give this book goes to him.
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I do love Phil Gigante. Ms. Palmer's characters, as usual, leave something to be desired--I don't really like such strong gender stereotypes in a modern novel. But Phil Gigante...worth the listen just for his superlative voice.
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