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I fell in love with the hero (who I didn't think I would ...
December 10, 2014
This book... THIS BOOK pulled such strong emotions out of me. It broke my heart, I fell in love with the hero (who I didn't think I would like in the first chapter) and I'm not sure I've ever been so frustrated with a heroine in my life... The first half of this book was a solid 5 star read for me, and it has so much potential to stay that way. I was in love with this book. Unfortunately the actions of a certain character made it difficult for me to stay in love with it.
Rewind five years: Christian Davidson is a man with a plan. He's got a girl he loves, they're both almost done with college and preparing for law school. Life is pretty much perfect. Until his girlfriend drops the bomb on him. She's pregnant. Christian has a callous, if not normal reaction. He doesn't want the baby, but he still wants Elizabeth. Elizabeth can't handle that. They part ways. Almost as soon as it happens, Christian knows it was a mistake.
As time passes, he realizes it was the worst mistake he's ever made. So many times over the past five years, he's wanted to find Elizabeth and his child. He knows he doesn't deserve them, but he wants them. Then fate steps in After moving cross country for a job that happens to be in Elizabeth's home town, he spots a little girl in a store. Who looks just like him. Christian is able to get to know his daughter, Lizzie, slowly. He is in love straight away and consumed with regret.
Even though Elizabeth irked me from the beginning with her actions and attitude towards Christian, I sympathized. She's been through a lot the last 5 years and had no help from him. I can't imagine how that feels. I know she loves her daughter and wants to protect her. As the story goes on, Christian steps it up. In a big way. There is no denying his devotion for his daughter. Even those on the outside who don't like him (some of her friends and family) recognize it. It's also fairly obvious he still has feelings for Elizabeth. Christian will do anything to get his family back. To keep his daughter in his life. He's missed so much already, he doesn't want to miss another moment.
Things between Elizabeth and Christian develop slowly. And she fights it every step of the way. Like I said earlier, the first half of this book, near perfect for me. 50-75%, I'm a little aggravated, but it's still great. That last 25%... there is this part that upset me so much, my husband asked me if I was going to `rage quit' my book. I wanted to throw my kindle. I sent my friends angry texts and VM's. This heroine infuriated me like no other. I haven't been this upset with a fictional character in the longest time- especially one I'm supposed to like.
So in the end, as much as I adored my Christian and his relationship with Lizzie, I couldn't even get all that excited for the HEA. I was too upset still. The writing in this book is fantastic. It has a hero you will fall head over heels in love with. I know so many friends who adore this book and don't have such major issues with the heroine. It's just something that rubbed me the wrong way. I might eventually go back and do prequel novella/second book, but I think I need some time to cool off before then. I'm still so upset with Elizabeth I can't see myself enjoying them this minute.