Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Cate has always taken Nick for granted. Through a wild youth of mistakes, bad choices, and self-destructive behaviour, Nick has been the one thing that Cate could count on. She knows he loves her, but she can't love him back. He's too perfect, too strong, too caring. She has darkness in her that can't handle that much light.
When an unexpected pregnancy forces them into a marriage of convenience, Cate hopes that Nick can love her enough for the both of them. But as time passes, Nick grows frustrated and finally decides to cut himself loose. Will his absence prove to Cate just how much she needs him?
I really tend to enjoy books about best friends ending up together, so I was decently excited about this book, especially because the blurb told me that their marriage was one of convenience, just something that kind of happened, so I was definitely intrigued. Unfortunately, I just didn’t enjoy the book was much as I was hoping for.
The main character in the book, and the person whose POV the story is told through is Cate. Cate never seems to recover from her mother abandoning her and her father, and then when she is a teenager she finds out her mother has died and it turns out she had a whole new family. It crushed Cate and she went through a dark time in her life, full of depression and bad decision making, especially when it comes to men. When things finally start to turn around for her it’s because she ends up pregnant by her best friend (who she slept with after her and her boyfriend broke up). Turns out her best friend, Nick, loved her since he was a kid, and wants to marry her, even though he knows that she doesn’t love him. And basically the whole first half of the book is like that, Cate comes off as an incredibly selfish person and you can’t help but feel bad for Nick. Nick is completely in love with her and Cate just wants what she wants and doesn’t really care about anyone else but her own personal priorities.
Then the second half of the book just completely shifts. Suddenly Cate realizes she loves Nick, only Nick is in his own pity party because you is infertile and he is determined to push Cate away. Don’t get me wrong, I know infertility issues can definitely be painful and cause a lot of problems in relationships, but this was just so sudden. One minute he was worshiping Cate all the time, but then what seems like the next day he stops talking to her, sleeping next to her, acknowledging her at all. Cate comes up with this plan to get him jealous, which was… let’s just say… interesting. And then it turns out their mutual friends, Lucy, has a thing for Nick (which everyone knew all along) and makes her move.
I dunno I didn’t really identify with anyone in the book, not even the secondary characters. I spent a lot of time just feeling sorry for the characters, or being angry with them for acting the way they did. At the end of romance books, when people get together, I normally get happy about it, I didn’t have this kind of reaction in this book. I don’t know this book just wasn’t for me, I think maybe it would work well with readers who have more in common with the characters.