As much as I adore a novel written by the author, Christy Carlyle, I was downhearted to have uncovered that the plot of this story was not at all what I was hoping for. The plot was interesting, however, the overall foundation of the plot brought to life a contemporary work of fiction and was not directly the historical romance I was expecting.
Normally, I would give credit to an author such as Carlyle for thinking outside of the box in penning a novel that was certainly different. I would have encouraged this trait and yet I feel like Carlyle's many novels are already perfect within her usual approach to writing. In short, I did not like finding a boss falling in love with the employee theme that contemporary romances are more known for.
Still, I did enjoy the characters themselves both as individuals as well as together. I felt like Clarissa was genuinely wholesome and had consideration for others. I sympathized with Clarissa for not wanting to wed in order to receive her inheritance but at the same, I greatly applaud her for standing her ground and thus showing her true potential to Gabe, the hero of the story as well as Clarissa's boss.
As for Gabe, I was not sure I was going to like his character but I did. Like Clarissa, I liked how Gabe thought of others, mostly his sister whom he not only loved but also carefully considered her feelings. Gabe was a little rough in the beginning, he was a man torn between business and pleasure but with Clarissa's aid Gabe ended up finding his way to true love.
I would suggest this book to fellow readers strictly based on Carlyle's writing that regardless of a few flaws still always seems to breathe magic into her readers. I would wish that in future books Carlyle returns to her native romance that I do love so much about the author.
An Unconventional Wallflower…
Clarissa Ruthven was born to be a proper lady, but she’s never wanted to live up to the expectations her late father set. Determined to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate women of London, she’s devastated to learn that she won’t be inheriting anything until she marries, a fate she has no interest in. Unwilling to let go of her plans, Clary works at Ruthven Publishing for Gabriel Adamson, a man who’s always hated her. She’s always returned the feeling, but as she begins to turn her family’s publishing company upside down, she finds herself unable to forget her handsome boss.
Never Follows the Rules…
Gabriel Adamson believes in order. He certainly doesn’t believe Clary should be sticking her nose in the publishing company, and she definitely has no business invading his every thought. But Gabe soon finds he can’t resist Clary’s sense of freedom or her passionate kisses and he starts to crave everything she’s willing to give him.
Especially When It Comes to Love…
When Gabe’s dark past comes back to haunt him, he’ll do anything to make sure that Clary isn’t hurt…even if it means giving up the only woman he’s ever loved.