I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was a nice easy read and I came away feeling generally positive about it. On the other hand, the ‘mystery’ was barely there in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sort of way, the romance developed far too quickly, and Dent’s rapid about-face from snarling insults to apology wasn’t really believable.
I really liked Hynd’s willingness to stick up for himself (even when it was hard for him) when he felt Julian was treating him poorly. However, he was also quick to judge Julian harshly and too willing to ignore other people’s mistreatment of him.
Julian was really hard to pin down – I had a hard time telling if Hynd’s scars troubled him or not, if he was interested in Hynd romantically or not, etc.
I really enjoyed Hynd’s sister and her determined championing of him. She’s willing to call people out for mistreating him even if he isn’t. However she doesn’t get a lot of screen time.
I started out enjoying Hynd’s research, then that got put on the back burner for a while, then suddenly he’s solved the mystery. I just feel like it could have been developed a lot more and I would have rated the novel higher.
In the same way, the relationship went from 0 to 100 so fast I had whiplash and I just feel like there were chunks of text missing. I wanted to *see* them becoming closer, finding clues, etc. Basically just having it be twice as long would have bumped my rating up a star or two because I *did* enjoy it – it just doesn’t feel complete.
*Thanks to NetGalley and NineStarPress for providing an e-arc to review