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A CONVENIENT BRIDEGROOM
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A CONVENIENT BRIDEGROOM
The conclusion to this love should have been a happy marriage…
With her wedding just around the corner, Aysha’s heart is in turmoil. She’s adored Carlo since she was a child, but his proposal for a marriage of convenience confuses her. She knows there’s no way he’s forgotten his late wife, who died ten years ago, and the fact that Carlo has never told Aysha he loves her is proof of that. Aysha is convinced this marriage will only cause her pain, and she may be right…
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- It was a drag 1
- JAB 11/27/2021 2 people found the following review helpful
When I read a harlequin romance, I expect the types of romances range from a slow build-up to a whirlwind. And I admit, if the story’s content flows smoothly with one of these types then I like it. What I don’t like is reading an entire romance, if you can call it that, where the story is at a complete standstill for at least 90 pages of the book! Here’s a quick summary: Heroine and hero are childhood friends, but only the heroine developed the unrequited love for the hero. The hero got married to another woman, only to have that woman die in a car accident only a few weeks after their honeymoon. So, he spends the next ten years throwing himself into his work with only the heroine as his emotional crutch! After hitting that ten-year mark, he suddenly asks the heroine out of the blue on a date. Then a year later asks her to marry him. She says yes, but here’s the biggest kicker that she agonizes over, over, and over throughout the plot: he never told or has even said, “I love you,” to her!!! This would have been a complete no-go for me because I know the phrase, “I love you” can be used flippantly by others. However, those three little words have power to those who hold it’s meaning deep. From there, I was incredibly irritated with both hero and heroine. The hero for one (spoiler: he does in fact love her and confesses at pg. 111) never told her before proposing that he loves nor could get it through his thick head that it may be the reason why she’s so gloomy. It’s not like he had a front row seat to a toxic marriage, both main leads’ parents are in happy and healthy marriages. Why couldn’t he take page from them?? Plus, he went through the process of dating and marriage, the man should already have a pretty good idea that you need to tell the woman that you love her!!! Next is the heroine’s mother who despite best intentions to make sure her daughter had the wedding of her dreams, she wouldn’t let the heroine get a word in the preparations. I felt the mother was subconsciously using the heroine to plan the wedding she never got to have. In addition, the woman hardly takes notice the lack of smile on her daughter’s face when it comes to the wedding plans. Next comes the heroine, who I just wanted to scream at. This woman reminds me of the main character in Margaret Atwood, “Edible woman”, where the main lead only gets more miserable and anorexic as her wedding date approaches. The heroine is thinking all the reasons why the hero is marrying her, except for love. For example, he’s using the marriage as a front to merge their two families’ companies or how she’s “available”. The heroine is in such in a depressed state from this relationship that she continually allows herself to suffer instead confronting the hero about: 1) why he’s marrying her, 2) the OW’s words about them being together, and 3) if he loves her or not. The heroine’s friends are of little help, when she expresses her sadness, they just tell her to BE HAPPY!! They don’t ask her WHY?? Don’t get me wrong, I might have used the phrase, “Be Happy”, AFTER-AFTER I got her/him to open up why are they unhappy when they’re about to marry the person they love. And that’s IF the situation called for the phrase! Then there’s the fact that the OW is continually stalking them (plus, using any sly trick necessary to break them up, so she can get what she wants: the hero) and rather than talk to the hero in a sit-down on the couch, the heroine would rather be grumpy and take it out on the hero. This cycle continues, even after the hero takes the heroine on a weekend getaway because he sees her miserable state. Things finally escalate to the breaking point where the heroine gets an anonymous package, filled with photos of the heroine and the OW. She FINALLY confronts the hero and lets everything out. The hero says he’s putting an end to it all, leading the heroine to believe that he’s cancelling the wedding and their relationship. He visits the OW to make his one-time threat (because you only need to do it once) to the OW. That he’ll make it his goal to personally destroy her social life should she continue on her campaign on breaking up the hero and heroine. The OW backs off immediately and the hero goes to the next phase in his plan. He finally tells the heroine that he does in fact love with her, pours out his heart to her, and gives her rights to the whole company. This is how he proves he’s in the marriage for love and not business. The heroine confesses she loves the hero too. I actually want to take a moment to harp on the heroine that, while she was complaining and agonizing over the hero never saying the “ I-love-you”, we never confirmed that she in fact confessed that she loved him too when they were dating or after getting engaged. After that, he gets a star from me by setting up their own personal wedding ceremony without parents’ expectations and demands, just for them. I thought that was incredibly smart and sweet of him. They kiss and we skip to their “image” wedding and the ending with them enjoying the new chapter of their lives. The ending did smooth things just a bit; yet, it doesn’t take away my feelings of agitation from the story’s whole plot. Having the whole matter set of “does he love me” right before a wedding along with how the heroine was putting herself through the pain bitterness just over-powered the romance. That part along with many other factors that I listed from above. Unless, you need to get your blood pressure up or hyped for a debate then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book.
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