Crispin Flynn is out of control and no one knows exactly why. He has distanced himself from his family and seems to be on a downward spiral of drink, gambling and debauchery. It’s after one such night that he wakes up to find a beautiful stranger in his bed and no memory of the night before. This isn’t anything especially new, but finding out that she is his wife shocks him right down to his core.
“Gemma, I need you to tell me exactly what happened last night.” He shook his head. “I need to remember.”
Gemma is used to her father’s crude and selfish behavior, but when he comes home claiming to have won a bet where her marriage to one of the Notorious Flynns is the prize, she is devastated. When her father also threatens her sister she agrees to the farce of a marriage in order to keep her safe. What else can she do? Although both of them are familiar with gossip, in order to protect their respective families they agree to make it work. They will have passion and respect between them, if not love.
I’ve been looking forward to Crispin’s story and couldn’t wait to find how this author would redeem him, especially after his behavior in The Scoundrel’s Lover. I knew it would take a strong woman to help him fight his demons, even though I wasn’t sure what exactly those demons were. Gemma and Crispin begin their married life tentatively, not sure exactly how to move forward with each other after their sudden forced marriage. They have no prior knowledge of each other, other than gossip. Each have secrets that keep them from truly trusting, but they do have a passion that burns out of control. It’s that passion that slowly brings them together and eventually has them wondering if they can really have a marriage of more than convenience.
If I’m being completely honest I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this book more. There was the level of eroticism that all Jess Michaels books have and it starts out just as I expected it to, with Crispin screwing up yet again and waking up with a wife as a consequence. The Flynn family is awesome, maybe a bit too awesome for my tastes, but awesome nonetheless. They accept Gemma with open arms and are behind her and Crispin right from the beginning, despite the way their marriage began. Each member of the family plays a role in helping these two come together and supporting them, and those scenes are well written and wonderfully engaging.
I don’t know, I just did not connect with these two like I would have liked. Both have an extreme amount of baggage that they bring to their marriage, and Crispin’s are deep and emotional and weigh him down enough that he is slowing drinking himself to death and has almost thrown away his entire fortune while he was bent on self-destruction. When his reasons for this behavior are revealed I was a little taken aback actually. I was expecting something that made a little more sense. Especially since it seems that Crispin’s relationship to the person in question wasn’t as close as he believed. I also wish his alcoholism hadn’t been wrapped up so neat and tidily. I felt like this couple didn’t connect with each other as much as I would have liked. I wasn’t sure I believed the “I love yous” at the end.
While not my favorite of this series, I’m am a huge fan of this author and am looking forward to her next release. Final Grade- C+
“No, you misunderstand. Be my wife. Le me be your husband. In truth. By choice. In every way. For now and for always. Please, please, Gemma. Say that you’ll stay with me.”