Half slow burn and half pulse-pounding adventure, this romance is an interesting combo. While all of Nicole Snow’s books feature elements of suspense, I’m used to her Accidental series being a little tamer, more relationship-focused. The action doesn’t truly kick in til the last act, but the bulk of the book focuses on our heroine’s memory loss and the events that lead to it. For that reason, I found it somewhat difficult to connect to the romance in this one. Flint feeds Valerie lie after lie at the start of the book, which isn’t really the recipe for a great love.
The story follows Valerie, a woman who wakes up with no memory of the man who claims to be her husband. All she knows is that Flint seems like the kind of guy who would be easy to fall for, and she loves the time she shares with him. Flint feels terrible for lying to Valerie about their “marriage,” but he’s doing it to protect her, and as the lies add up, so do his growing feelings for her.
Snow’s writing is always solid and you can expect plenty of suspense. I had zero issues with that aspect of the story; it’s the relationship that wasn’t as fulfilling as it could’ve been. The amnesia is an interesting premise, but the execution was problematic – Flint does a whole lot of lying, and Valerie comes off as extremely dependent and frustrated for a lot of the story. It didn’t feel like a solid foundation for romance, and while the second half of the book was much stronger in that regard, I couldn’t fully get past the beginning. Fans of Snow are likely to enjoy the book, but this one was just sort of okay for me. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Accidentally married to a human stallion.
And I can’t even remember our wedding.
It’s awkward, okay? I didn’t plan on waking up hitched to Hubby of the Century.
Or one little misadventure erasing every memory of us.
No sweet nothings. No ugly cry vows. No flipping honeymoon.
But every time I see Flint Calum, I wonder.
How did I get so lucky?
Let’s forget all six foot something of his oh-so-bad superdad self.
His flashing eyes and SEAL perfected whip of a body aren’t why I’m dizzy.
It’s the bittersweet way he smiles when I poke at my past.
And something’s very wrong.
He tells me I’ll be fine.
He says he’ll get this sorted.
He promises to be my shield.
Totally not the pretender who’d scheme up an illusion to save my life.
Oh, but that’s the thing about memories.
Sometimes they come back with bitter truths wrapped in dilemmas.
What if I can’t stay mad at him?
What if I need Flint to hero me back together?
What happens when you fall in love with a beautiful lie?
From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow – a marriage mistake with two fierce truths and a lie. A dark knight single dad plays for keeps to save Little Miss Forgetful from a wicked past. Full-length romance novel with a fantabulous Happily Ever After.