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Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content - her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend, even if their romance feels staid after 10 years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey's blindsided by a betrayal, she's shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.
Vaughn admires Bailey's free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn's painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.
Once Vaughn begins to realize he's made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he's never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they've found together comes around only once in a lifetime.
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By Rusty on 03-27-17
In the first book, Bailey was just a fun and sassy female character. Unfortunately, in this second book, Bailey deflates into a foolish, self-destructive and boring wimp who allowed a selfish jerk to degrade her. Why, why, why would the author create such an engaging personality, then make her act like an idiot?
Likewise in book 1, Vaughn seemed to be a decent, responsible man who liked and respected women. Vaughn's dad was a true gentleman who genuinely loved his mother, never remarrying after her death. So it was surprising that Vaughn could only enjoy sex when he was controlling and humiliating his partners.
The "love" scenes were cold and calculating, rather than sensual or erotic with the emphasize on control and power, as if sex is a contest with winners and losers. It was sad and depressing that an unhealthy relationship, in which Vaughn's needs and desires were all that matter, was romanticized.
Even more disappointing were the constant references to Bailey being overwhelmed by owning a business. Suddenly Bailey was too weak to handle the stress and responsibilities of managing an inn, although she had been running the successful business for years.
Why did Bailey have to be "dumbed down", suggesting that intelligent, confident women are not attractive or lovable. Although the author is incredibly gifted, creating wonderful supporting characters in a unique setting, her opinion of women appears to be archaic.
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