Poppy Hathaway, who has always longed for a normal, ordinary life, has been abandoned by her true love, Michael Bayning. Caught up in scandal, she has only one way out-- to marry Harry Rutledge, a handsome and mysterious hotel owner. But Harry is a man of many secrets, and eventually Poppy faces a heartwrenching question: What does a heroine do when she ends up married to the villain?Before picking this up, I'd heard many others complain that they were disappointed with it. I think I can see why it didn't measure up to some of her others, but I thought it was pretty well done.
I liked Harry. There's something very compelling about him. He wants Poppy more than anything else in the world and makes no apologies for his methods in getting her. I liked the way his mind worked and the way he took care of so many but kept them at a distance, with the exception of Poppy. I really liked that he couldn't figure out exactly why Poppy was different, she just was.
To be honest I don't remember much about Poppy from the previous books, so I didn't go into this with any preconceived notions of her. In the end I found her to be fun and refreshing. She was just what Harry needed. She was strong and intelligent and I liked that she stood up for herself even when she was backed into a corner. She always did what she considered right after looking at all the angles. It isn't very often we get a heroine that does that.
The two of them together were spectacular. They had great chemistry, even when they were holding themselves back from each other. Not just physical chemistry either, but you could see that they just clicked. I did think their relationship grew kind of stale toward the middle. The beginning and end were wonderful, but toward the middle of the book I found myself becoming impatient, wanting them to just get on with it already!
Even so, I'm glad LK took her time with them. Their marriage started under less than perfect circumstances and I'm glad she used the entire length of the book to address the issues, rather than clearing them up in a few pages. She really excels at writing romances that span a good length of time and are stronger for it.
I loved that the secondary characters (the employees of Harry's hotel) got involved in their relationship. They really added extra flavor to the story. As did the Hathaways. It's always a pleasure to see them. They could liven up any story. If anything I'm even more intrigued by Miss Mark's, Poppy and Beatrix's companion. I really wish LK would just hurry up and reveal her story!
I was disappointed in what happened at the very end of the book. There was a suspense/mystery plot that seemed to crop up out of nowhere. It seemed unnecessary and even a bit silly. It's been weeks since I read this book and I'm still scratching my head of why she didn't cut that last part out. It served no purpose other than being filler. The story had pretty much ended by that point, hadn't it?
Otherwise I really enjoyed it. Now if only she'd give us Leo's book!
3.75 out of 5
This book is available from St. Martin's Press. You can buy it here or here (once again I'm not listing an e-format link because I think it's ridiculous for St. Martin's to set the price so high. $14 when the mmp is $7.99? I think not). Share this post!