Coming in from the Cold by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There were quite a few things wrong with the plot, starting with the main driving force, Dane’s secret/problem.I understand that without that secret there is no story, nevertheless I need to say it.
Why could Dane not divulge his secret to Willow and tell her, look, this is how it is, now what do you say? Why did he not get a test earlier? OK, I understand he did not want to know but this makes no sense. It’s not that not knowing made his life any better, not even in his own mind. He suffered from the word go and didn’t enjoy his life AT ALL. Getting a positive test result would have meant his life was misery, getting a negative result would have meant enjoyment. So the worst consequence would have been the status quo.
Willow is a bit clueless, isn’t she? Going on about her money situation when it was clear that Dane was not only loaded, but willing to share with her. Yes, yes, she might not want to be kept and all that, but, after all, this is not only about her.
(view spoiler)[I didn’t care too much for the pregnancy angle either, as this is really too trite, but I have no idea how else you could have made Dane get the test. Either the author had planned an unexpected pregnancy from the start or manoeuvred herself into a corner and had to find a way. Tada, pregnant! (hide spoiler)]
All that being said, I loved the story, I loved the characters. There was chemistry from the start. I usually hate sex scenes when there are no established emotions, but Sabrina Bowen pulled it off beautifully. Because Dane and Willow were extremely likeable and the connection between them was great I let all the other things slide.
Some people complain about him not grovelling enough towards the end. Come on, people! If you accept the somewhat contrived problem then you must cut the poor guy some slack and give it a rest. He went through hell, after all, so don’t make him crawl to boot!
I also liked the fact that the book did not end with the reconciliation but continued a little afterwards to see how the relationship develops a bit.
What can I say? I might like books for all the wrong reasons, but I loved this one.
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