I have to admit that the male lead character really got my goat.
Samir is self obsessed, domineering, and a condescending smug piece of manhood, who thinks he is the best addition to the male community since the invention of sliced bread.
What can I say, he annoyed the heck out of me. I didn’t find him charming, loving, supportive or endearing. The stunt he plays near the end of the story would have been enough to kick him to the curb. How very macho and insensitive of him. Not exactly the epitome of a hero waiting to sweep someone off their feet.
Melissa seems to go from someone who has taken a while to recover from rejection, to the strong individual Samir meets, and subsequently seems to revert back to the girl shrinking inward again. Instead of blossoming within a loving relationship she seems to wither away just a little.
This is a romantic dalliance with undertones of control in a culturally different setting. Light on the action with an emphasis on the interactions.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK & Mills and Boon.