At 40%, I stopped. Heroine was agonizing for me.
I picked this up because I had never read the author’s books, I love romantic suspense and the blurb really sounded good.
The story had a nice explosive opening scene to give me a feel for the hero, Landon, and his work. He is wistful over a beautiful girl he had rescued on an earlier mission, but thought he was all wrong for because of the hard, black ops work he does. This sense of responsibility and care made me really like him. This is probably why I was appalled by this girl when I actually encounter her. Her words, attitude and behavior really hurt him. Landon takes the blame and believes everything she says about him and even thinks the best of her while she is busy thinking the worst of him.
Enter stage left, heroine, Olivia. If there was a button to push on me when it comes to infuriating heroine traits, Olivia pushed it. Head in the clouds, judgmental in her ignorance, refuses to hear an explanation when the hero doesn’t even really owe her one since there was no understanding between them, refuses to listen to the professional with mad black ops skills trying to save her life, believes lies of her kidnappers over the man who has saved her more than once, uses him for sex because she feels insecure and humiliated by her own impulsiveness, acting jealous and bitter with no excuse, and stubbornly putting self in danger then needing rescue which of course she manages to twist and blame him for.
I think what really bugged me the most is that she sees herself entirely as the wronged and put upon party, the victim in the situation even while she is super busy snarking at Landon and her sister that she is tough and can take care of herself. She not once displays gratitude for anything Landon has done to keep her safe even though she is the one that barged into his life and continued to heighten the danger situation around them by doing stupid not well thought out actions. She screws up several times and gets lucky that she isn’t killed by her own stupidity, but that just makes her cocky and more determined to ignore Landon’s lead in their escape.
As these things piled up, I lost the desire to keep reading for the point where I knew there would have to be a change of heart for her. I pitied Landon and wanted far away from Olivia. Not even the promise of an exciting confrontation with terrorist seeking the formula for a chemical weapon or the danger to the girl who is the only one to possess said formula, the fact that it becomes a race against death when it is learned that Olivia was injected with the bio disease weapon or more of the very appealing and skilled Landon could entice me though they may someone else.
The good news is that I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority because I’ve seen many high ratings for this book so others might want to give this a try if you’re into romantic suspense.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I obviously had a strong adverse reaction to the heroine so it has me curious about other readers. What are things that really set you off when it comes to characters? Are there behaviors or actions that make you set the book down and walk away?