Author: Emma Locke [Website][Facebook][Twitter]
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Series: Naughty Girls, Bk 6
Obtained: Free copy through NetGalley
Why this book?:
I was in the mood for a historical romance, it was by an author name I recognized, and the blurb sounded interesting.
I actually have mixed feelings about this. In general, I enjoyed the story. I liked Cate, and I liked Dare as well - despite his addiction. I appreciated their romance. Cate's strength and Dare's charm balanced and complimented each other.
But addiction is a difficult subject for me, as several people in my family face it. The reactions of Dare's family both grated and yet felt understandable. I saw the Dare that Cate saw, so I felt they needed to give him another chance. Plus they were his family; they needed to be there for him.
Yet I have seen the selfish, thoughtless, self-pitying, and horrible actions of those caught in the throes of addiction. I have been hurt and seen others hurt by addiction. And I can understand the mistrust and resentment that builds when each "second" chance is squandered. So I was torn throughout the story.
Fortunately, in the way of romances such as this, there was a dependable HEA that, while somewhat abrupt and convenient in its resolve, made all things well and left that happy glow.
I would try more books by this author, though apparently I'm going to disregard series and order.