Thursday, October 18, 2012

Second Best

Dallacey E. Green
Historical Romance

"It felt oddly out of lace, like she was playing a part in a Hollywood movie...mind you not even doing a good job at that."

Cassie had been resigned to the fact that she wouldn't marry.  Her obvious limp and scarred leg left her feeling undesirable and unlovable.  Especially when Nicholas, the man she loved, became engaged to her beautiful and vibrant twin sister.  On the wedding day, due to a cruel twist of fate, Cassie ends up as the poor replacement bride.  Now, one year later, Cassie and Nicholas struggle to come to grips with their forced relationship.  Can they make a marriage out of a farce?  Cassie despairs of ever being anything but second best, while Nicholas wishes to find a way to reach his wife's heart once and for all.

My Opinion: This story had an interesting premise and a good idea behind it.  However, it seemed to fall short of its potential, not fully taking advantage of filling out the storyline and characters.  Cassie is severely self-conscious as she is put in an unthinkable situation.  Though you want her to stand up for herself, you can understand her reluctance to risk her heart more than it already is.  Nicholas is so hesitant, I almost wanted to tell him to "man up" a few times, but it made for a delicate balance in their relationship.  Although it was sweet and heart-wrenching, I wanted more flow to the story and more development.  Frequent flashbacks made the story in the present story take a backseat.  Constant grammatical errors were distracting.  Overall, a great potential, but could have used a little more.

I received a free copy of this book for review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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