Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: February 25, 2017
Rating: 3 STARS
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This book really blew me away when I first read the synopsis. It took me just seconds before I decided to purchase this book and drop the books I had planned to read at the time. I was hooked on the idea. What an interesting, clever idea. Since I was in the mood for something different than what I had been used to read, I bought this book with high expectations and excitement I hadn’t felt for a while.
What is it about? Matt and Jacob Adams are identical twins. At his brother’s wedding, Matt is forced by his father to go find his brother, which is the groom, since the wedding is about to start. Everyone, besides Jacob’s fiance, is panicked when the groom is nowhere to find. After minutes of searching and calling, Matt realizes that Jacob is not going to come. He knows he drank too much at his bachelor party last night. To protect Cora—the girl he has been secretly in love for years—from being humiliated on her wedding’s day after what Jacob has been doing to her in their relationship, he then decides to do the insane and unforgiving thing he’s ever done in his life.
As Jacob’s best man, and identical twin, Matt makes a split-second decision that will affect the three of their lives forever—he steps in to take his brother’s place. In front of the altar, exchanging vows with the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years.
Cora has always loved the twin brothers. When they were growing up, she realized she’d loved one brother more than the other, but the brother she loved hadn’t shown any interests in her other than friendship. Refusing to lose both of them she then agreed to date the other. Jacob. She finally said ‘yes’ when he asked her to marry him. The morning on their honeymoon, she finds out the truth after spending the night with whom she thought her new husband. Her world is crashing around her. She is confused about what she will do and what she really feels when her real fiance, Jacob, comes to her.
What a great opening to a lackluster story. I cannot better explain the reasons on why I didn’t enjoy this story without giving out any spoilers. So, if you are still planning to read this book, please, skip the parts below.
The heroine and the writing were extremely disappointing to me.
The way the heroine reacted after knowing the fact that she had married to and went on a honeymoon with the wrong brother while her real fiance hadn’t come to their wedding day completely turned me off. She felt confused, guilty, and afraid that her fiance, Jacob, would find out that she had accidently slept with his brother. I cannot think of any normal, healthy human beings, especially females, would react the way she did after what he had done to her! Her fiance did not show up on their wedding day because he was too hangover the night before! It was insane and, without a doubt, one of the stupidest reactions I’d ever read in my entire reading experience.
Would Jacob ever forgive me once he found out?
Moreover, despite all the things her fiance, Jacob, had done to her, she still chose to be with him and couldn’t make up her mind about what she would do. It took another person to get her out of her crazy mind and help her to do what she should have been doing. This heroine drove me crazy like no other, and I’d had a handful of experiences with disappointing heroines. So, you got the picture.
In addition to the heroine, I wasn’t a big fan of the writing. It was flat and did lack the details I’d always craved in stories, especially romance stories. I had to constantly visualize the situations and the facial expressions on each of the characters since the writing didn’t provide enough details. Consequently, it made me disconnect to the story as a whole since I couldn’t feel the emotions that all the characters were feeling.
The lack of details in the writing could also be seen in the missing pieces the story had suffered. How on this earth, nobody, including their own father, did notice the difference between them, especially since the other suddenly disappeared! Moreover, nobody even asked about the whereabouts of the best man, Matt, during the wedding. Everyone seemed to just easily accept and truly believe in the explanation given by the fake groom and not being suspicious about it. Unbelievable!
Besides the idea and the first five chapters of this book, I wish I could say another thing that I loved about this story. While the idea is interesting and captivating, the execution, unfortunately, is far below my expectations. On top of it, the writing does not help as well. However, if you’re planning to read this book, don’t let my opinion preventing you from giving this a try. 🙂