Tremayne has attempted to throw the spotlight on quite a few serious issues in this short romance. I think the playful fantasy role-playing, in regards to the infamous book featured in the story, doesn’t balance well with the serious intent.
Sexual harassment is still far too commonplace in our day and age. Both women and men find themselves victims of people, who believe they have the right to overstep intimate boundaries and personal space. Catherine has found herself in a situation like that, and the repercussions of the harassment still influence her daily life.
Catherine pretends to be something she isn’t, a buttoned up and straight-laced prim woman. She hides the fun-loving fashionista behind dull clothes and a bland exterior. Why? Because she believes, and was told by her abuser that she brought it all upon herself for looking too good. Her fault because she dressed in a way that provoked him to attack her.
Of course this is the part of the story where one needs to step lightly. To make sure no victim blaming or shaming occurs in any way shape or form. The character of Catherine leans towards that representation, which isn’t pleasant, but perhaps a true representation of how society makes people in these situations feel, especially women and girls.
Max helps Catherine to move beyond the fear and the misconceptions she has about herself and the men around her. He understands that she needs to heal before the two of them can be together.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.