My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Miss Madeline Gracechurch is pretty yet shy and uncomfortable around large numbers of people. To avoid the pressures of a social season, Maddie’s only recourse is to invent a sweetheart – one who is handsome, honorable and very far away. Unfortunately for Maddie, her imaginary lover, Captain Logan Mackenzie, is all too real and expects Maddie to keep every one of the promises outlined in the letters that found their way to him.
Very disappointing. The basic setup has incredible potential, but is consistently undermined by weak characterization and a lack of chemistry between the romantic leads.
Logan is a war hero and an honorable man who cares about each and every man in his unit. Thus, the fact that he resorts to the morally questionable act of blackmailing Maddie into marriage undercuts his character and makes it difficult to empathize with him.
Maddie starts out as an intelligent and resilient heroine whose method of coping with her social anxiety is utterly ridiculous. It is virtually impossible to believe that her family would accept a fiancé whom they have never met. This is exacerbated by the fact that once Logan arrives, Maddie’s apparent backbone melts away and she allows him to walk all over her.
The rest of the cast isn’t much better. Logan’s men are interchangeable, Maddie’s family are non-existent and the sudden appearance of a villain makes no sense.
All in all, not one of Dare’s better stories.
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