"A workplace battle of the exes where our biting heroine prioritises her career over anything else – including love "
"No more reckless emotions, like the first time. No more cringeworthy bad behaviour. I’d pass my bill, make history and fix the glaring black mark on my conscience. Untie the knot of guilt and shame that had, if I was being honest, twisted up my heart for five long years."
Many romance writers worry about how to have a likeable heroine, and sometimes the way to try to do this is to have a character who is a goody-two-shoes, never doing anything morally grey and are generally gooey and kind, with only bad things happening to them, not because of them – this is not the approach Winstead has taken here! Lee is ruthlessly ambitious in her (environmentally conscious) campaigning job, at the weekends a big drinker and drug-taker, refusing to get emotionally attached to anyone she sleeps with – and she cheated on her ex Ben with his rival, just because she thought he might otherwise get there first. The novel asks if they can get a second chance, when they’re thrown together again in Lee’s most important campaign yet.
|Romance / Relationship Stories