This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating has nothing to do with the writing; on the contrary, I think it was flawless. It probably has more to do with style and plot.
When I first read the blurb I thought this book was going to be a dark romance.
Rape. One word changed his life. Mason Tredwell had it all. He was a good looking, well-respected doctor. He had money, power, and friends. He never worried about finding a woman to warm his bed. But that all changed when he was wrongfully accused of rape. And now, after five years in prison and the loss of everything he cared about, he wanted revenge.
Abandoned as a baby and bounced around different foster homes, Kat Gingham never really had a charmed life. But now, things were really falling apart. She had no money, no job, and even her lying, cheating boyfriend was gone too. She allowed herself one night to cry about her situation before she picked herself back up. But when she woke up, she was no longer at home, and she was no longer alone. She was facing Mason, a guy who claimed she ruined his life. And he’s hell-bent on breaking her down, humiliating her, making her feel like he has all these years.
She claimed she had no clue what he was talking about, but he didn't believe her. The facts don’t lie.
Was Kat lying? Could she convince Mason to let her go? Or was fate playing a role in why they were thrown into this together.
I was so wrong. The first 20% seemed interesting enough to get me hooked, but then the story fell flat and I began to realize that this book is one of those that are written in that over-the-counter-romance-novel kind of way. I don't know how to explain this, but it is the kind of writing that goes back and forth between characters' thoughts, repeating scenes and convincing themselves about what's going on over and over again.
I kept reading and I found certain parts very amusing, even funny. The scenario was so unreal and weird, that I really laughed with the absurdity of it all. The whole kidnapping thing and the interactions were like a suspense film directed by Disney; the script was supposed to be serious, but the director just made it look like a cartoon.
I totally understand that I read a genre, a sappy romance and, I am not used to these kind of books, so maybe I can't be objective. The dialogues, especially the ones between men, felt like women were speaking to each other; and we couldn´t get rid of the typical misunderstandings due to lack of communication. I know a lot of women who like these books a lot, especially readers who are not into the "harder" or more "modern" novels out there. So I guess this book is more for them, than for yours truly.
The whole idea of the book is not bad at all, plotwise it had potential to become a true darker novel and I would have liked it much more. I couldn't get passed the fact, that Mason failed to realize what was in front of him. That he plotted for a long time and failed to verify several facts.
Anyway, I would recommend this book if you are into the whole Harlquin-ish type of novel.