Series: Inevitable #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Cara has an admitted problem with hot men, falling so deeply and so quickly under their spell that she loses a little bit of herself with each toxic relationship that always seems to end badly. Every man in her young life thus far has let her down – her high school sweetheart, a college fling, and most of all her self-centered playboy father. She’s determined not to be a sucker for a handsome face and a hard body any longer, and has stuck to her guns for more than two years. And then she meets Dante.
Dante knows he has no business messing with cute little Cara. For one thing she works for his best friend, and more importantly she’s all kinds of wrong for him – too young, too innocent, too kindhearted. And given the mood he’s in these days – after the woman he was ready to propose to chose her career over him - a sweetheart like Cara should be running as fast as she can in the opposite direction.
But the only place Cara wants to run is right into Dante’s arms and stay a good long while. Will he wind up being the one for her – or is she destined yet again for another heartbreak?
Stronger is the story of a wealthy businessman with a broken heart and young, penniless, lonely assistant. While I found Cara and Dante to be a bit cliche, the story still sounded interesting.
Dante is heartbroken after his girlfriend dumps him unexpectedly. After moping and being a general sad sack, he asks out his friend’s assistant on a whim. He thinks its a terrible idea, but he wants to get laid. His thoughts about Cara are crass and rude. Cara is alone in the world, having been all but abandoned by her father after he stole her college money, and her mother passed away. She is working for Angela and Nick while attending UC Berkley’s extension campus in the evenings to get her finance degree. She is a bit of a naive prat that I found a bit immature at times. She has a ridiculous crush on Dante; he knew it too, and it kind of feels like the big bad wolf leading the lamb to slaughter.
The story is character driven and focuses on the relationship between Dante and Cara. Character driven stories are hit or miss for me. If I love the characters, then it totally works! But, I had a hard time warming up to Dante and Cara so the book felt very slow to me early on. And then Dante dumps her for his ex…yeah, that happens. By this point, I was just ticked.
I walked away from the book. Maybe I will pick it up in the future. I have a real issue with wishy-washy heroes and when an ex comes back in the picture and he goes back to her…nope, nope, nope.
I think Nissenson is a good author; this book just didn’t work for me.