I haven’t read many arranged marriage novels. I prefer my heroines and heroes to fall in love and come together through mutual attraction and desire, not because of the dealings of a parent or their position in power. However, I enjoyed this book.
Francesca is forced to marry Senator Wolfe Keaton, who happens to be an absolute a**hole. I hated him at first. I detested his cruelty, the way he treated Francesca and women in general. I wanted Francesca to find a way to escape and marry her childhood sweetheart Angelo.
It soon becomes clear that there is no going back. She cannot return to her previous life, due to her father’s misdeeds, and so accepts her fate, although she rebels in her own way. This book takes you through a range of emotions, some good, some almost unbearably bad, and through some unexpected twists and turns.
Through his marriage to Francesca, Wolfe changes, and learns what it really means to love a woman. Francesca seems too young and inexperienced to know in the early days of the relationship how she should be, and deserves to be, treated, but blossoms into a mature young woman, who is forgiving – more than I would be.
I enjoyed this book for the emotional journey it took me on. I was also intrigued as to how the main characters would ever achieve happiness given their initial hatred of each other. It was a romance with a difference – very well written, with stories woven together expertly. It definitely takes you on a journey!