Author: Suzanne Enoch
Published: 30 January 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
The dawning of desire…
1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever…
…is delicious and dangerous.
1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?
Man I think I went full force in my emotions in reviewing the last book that by the time I finished this book I just didn’t have enough energy to muster the same amount of GUNG-HO energy of dislike I had anymore. I felt mentally and emotionally drained. Why does this sound like a failed relationship?
So, anyways. I am not too sure why this book just didn’t do it for me. It ticked all the right boxes.
- Misunderstood brooding machismo hero
- Beautiful kind hearted with tragic life heroine
- Decent plot
- Decent character growth
I think the main reason why even though it did tick all the right boxes that under the right circumstances or plot narration I would love, here in this book I couldn’t relate to the main characters. I felt nothing for them… absolutamente nada (I am in my Spanish phase after watching Coco, just roll with it).
For example; the antagonist of the plot, a man called Dunncraigh. Callum hates this mans guts and is absolutely convinced that it is he who murdered his brother Ian.
That’s all good and all but I am here like quien en el nombre del dulce bebé Jesús (WHO IN THE NAME OF SWEET BABY JESUS) is DUNNCRAIGH????? Why is he so hated by Callum? What did he do? Who did he do? Que esta pasando????
So when Callum is on a Dunncraigh witchhunt, I honest to God don’t understand the hatred. The book did not do a good job in explaining who is this Dunncraigh character and why I should dislike him. Just didn’t get it to be honest.
Then there is the romance between the main characters itself. It felt fake to me. Again the problem of me not relating to them came up . Callum and Rebecca said they were childhood friends and loved each other but there is no exposition of a walk through memory lane for me to fully immerse myself in their chemistry.
Rebecca says that she LOVES Callum due to his adventurous nature and she had sooooo much fun with him (ugh b*tch whatever) when she was younger but she chose Ian (the brother) over him because of stability, like I get that, a woman has got to do what she has got to do back in the day but again I just couldn’t understand why she was so in love back then and in the present. It was again not explained well to me you know? I was just supposed to fill in the blanks with this romance on why they felt that way for each other. I mean I have read the book and Callum. Well, I really do not like him.
He is brash, conceited, ill-mannered, rude and completely non-understanding at all. He thinks that by Rebecca choosing Ian over him it was a betrayal like what the actual f**k bro. I don’t blame her for choosing the responsible brother because damn ten years ago Callum didn’t even bat an eye to or for Rebecca and was out busy whoring himself in town. He ASSUMED that he and Rebecca would be together because duh they suit each other. I swear when I read that and mind you it was in the very first few pages of the book my eyes rolled so far into the back of my head I was surprised it didn’t get permanently stuck. Like you think you just because you are handsome that you can get any woman you want without putting an ounce of effort???
Then he went and cursed his own brother out, the same brother who has been financially providing for him then gets all shocked when the brother has had enough and cuts him off and throws him out of the house and fast forward ten years again gets all shook because his brother is dead and he wasn’t there to save his brother and I am here like well you should have read all the letters your brother tried to send you but of which you burnt because they were dead to you. So, don’t come back to Scotland all high and mighty when you couldn’t have cared less in the past ten years you little piece of shit. Seriously, Callum went and said to Rebecca that if she wanted to know the feel of a real man she knows whom to go for and if I were Ian I would do more than punch that punk and cut him off. I’d skin him alive that’s what. The lack of decency I swear. I don’t get why Rebecca was sooooo hung up on him, if it was just for a good roll around the hay then fine but as a partner? A spouse? Really? REALLY? That punk ass b*tch is the guy you want?
So, yeah these are my thoughts. They are all over the place but just know that I just couldn’t deal with it.
*The book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review