プレイボーイの花嫁―ツイン・ブライド〈2〉 (ハーレクイン・イマージュ) 新書 – 2004/3
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Our heroine, Ann, spends way too much time and effort trying to support the proposition that the hero, Riley, does not really care for her. The only actual evidence she uses in her defense is that which she herself has contrived. Every time Riley's words or actions run contrary to her preconceived opinion of him, she used faulty logic to discredit him. Obviously, this technique was used to manufacture tension. For me, however, it simply weakened the credibility of the story.
The heroine's logic justifying her marriage to Riley did not ring true to me. I have a very hard time believing that a woman will go through with a marriage if she truly believes her husband-to-be does not love her and is convinced that they will divorce very shortly thereafter. Her excuse that she felt sorry for a brother-in-law that she hardly knows and his brother that is nothing more than an acquaintance simply does not wash.
Too often simple revelations triggered unrealistic reactions. For example, Riley disclosed that when Riley was two years old his mother walked out on him and his father. The reaction: "The unexpected revelation was so painful to Ann she reeled in her seat." In whose universe is this anywhere near a normal reaction?
Having read "Bride Fit for a Prince," the first book of this short series, I found a lack of consistency in the actions of Nicco when the twins, Ann and Callie, switch places. In the scene in book one, we find that Nicco knew the two had switched places the instant the other twin walked into the room. However, in this book, the implication is that Nicco had fallen for the deception for a time.
Despite what I have written above, this is not a "bad" novel. It is actually an "acceptable" offering. It is simply not up to par with the other Rebecca Winters' novels I have read. If you decide to read it, you will probably enjoy it. It is just that I feel Ms. Winters was a bit "off her stride" when she wrote this one. I elect to give it only three stars.
Overall, the characters did not come together for me.