To be honest, I knew I wouldn't like it, so no rating. As I said, I was a Mary Calmes virgin and I wanted to see by myself what the love/hate was about.
I saw. My feelz?
No more Mary Calmes for me, it's safe to say that her books will not be one of my guilty pleasures; they don't press any of my buttons.
Now, about this story. I'll make it short : it is basically the worst of het romance, except that the MC is male; which implies, as far as characterization is concerned, to castrate him and hand him his dick back for the sex scenes on top of infantilizing him. And this is all I have to say.
Now, I got to play Charmingly Euphemistic's Bingo Game to spice things up :
Let's check :
1 - A main character hosts a TV show : Tracy's gorgeous brother is an actor in a TV series. Slightly different, but I say bingo!
2 - A character caresses another cheek : Bingo!
3 - Someone is kidnapped : oh lol! It's one of the most stupid kidnappings ever! Bingo!
4 - Pregnant character : Ding!
5 - Stalkerish ex-boyfriend : he's not exactly stalking, but he's sticking like glue. I say it counts.
6 - Consumption of a dessert : Shoot! I forgot about that...Wait, MC eats scones!
7 - Tongues tangle : ALL.THE.TIME. It's a wonder the're not dehydrated by the loss of saliva (ewwww)
8 - Gorgeous guys : *counts on fingers* at least 7 guys + the dog.
9 - Work event : in the past, but at the core of a shitty situation.
10 - Family party : two!
Someone raises an eyebrow for someone : perhaps but I can't remember. Should have taken notes.
11 - Doctor or surgeon : say it with me - BIN-GO!
12 - A character is another character's rock : the only one who makes him feel safe. Bingo!
13 - Story is set in Chicago : Not sure. I suspect that the author cheated, I can't recall the name being mentioned. But they watch or talk (can't remember, I dozed off, okay!) about a game with a Chicago team. I count it, that will teach her not to cheat.
14 : A character is golden all over : yep!
14 out of 25 : it looks like it's not totally the usual formula, but still a WINNER!
I'd like to add 3 items to the range of body expressions :
someone cups someone else's face in his hands : a million times
someone slids his hand around to the back of someone's neck : ditto
MC opens his arms to be held : I lost count + I can't even say how ridiculous/disturbing it is!