Monday, 12 October 2015

Review of Owed: One Wedding Night by Nancy Holland

The bit on the back…

Jake Carlyle always gets what he wants… especially when it comes to his runaway bride.
To save her family's business, determined Madison Ellsworth must turn to Jake Carlyle, her ex lover and the man she left standing at the altar.

Jake eventually agrees to help, but on one condition – he gets what he’s owed. His wedding night.
Still in love with Jake, Madison agrees, but once the passionate honeymoon is over, she can’t help but wonder if their marriage is based on convenience, love – or revenge.

As they deal with the failing business, Madison and Jake soon learn that high-stakes games played in the boardroom will inevitably spill over into the bedroom!

Firstly thank you to Harper Impulse for approving me for this title on NetGalley. I was drawn to the cover at first but then the blurb really caught my interest – ex-lovers?! sure to be some drama there!
The story is all about Jake and his once upon a time bride-to-be Madison. It’s a short read so I was glad to see that both characters took turns at narrating the story, making it easier to get to know each of them better. Madison has come to Jake for help to save her family business.

I was really looking forward to feeling a palpable tension between the two characters and I was hoping for some rekindled sexual attraction between them. I wasn’t disappointed. You could literally cut the atmosphere with a knife when the two of them met again. I loved seeing this old chemistry being reignited between them but unfortunately it was laced with mistrust from the outset – from both characters.

The story focuses mainly on the relationship between Jake and Madi coming back to life but at every turn there seems to be something or other occurring while they try to save Madison’s company that means one of them was always at the other one’s throat. There is an underlying resentment toward one another, albeit mainly from Jake, but this along with the trust issues made the storyline start to repeat itself.

As the story was only 182 pages long and it started to repeat itself I found myself withdrawing from it and skim reading in parts. Given the choice I would read something else of Nancy’s because the characters themselves and the writing style throughout made up for the repetition.

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