I had high hopes for this romance. The hero is vicar who is challenged to suppress his desires in order to honor his calling. Daniel has a horrible wife from whom he is estranged. He would like nothing more than to cut her completely from his life, but a divorce –or even an annulment– would rob him of the vocation he holds most dear. He is trying to make a new life for himself without her, yet he will always be tied to her by the bonds of matrimony.
Daniel has every intention of living a chaste life, devoting himself entirely to his new flock. Then he meets Lady Kirsten. She speaks her mind, eschewing propriety for honesty. She is smart and candid and she actually seems to like him. It’s a heady mix, after the lies and rejection from his wife. They become fast friends and attraction blooms before Kirsten even realizes a Mrs. Brown exists. But she does exist, making anything more that friendship between Daniel and Kirsten, impossible.
So it seems like this would be a font of angst, sexual attraction and suppressed feelings. I love forbidden romances, but somehow, this fell flat for me. It’s too drawn out. There is not enough teeth gnashing and burning desire. It’s more like a sad shrug than a rage against circumstance. Our couple is bummed out, but no heated exchanges or stomach dropping sexual tension. Such a missed opportunity.
On top of that, the story is sadly predictable. There are no surprises. There are no particularly interesting secondary characters. Our core characters are ok, but they are somewhat superficial, because they are both too good to be true. Neither ever tries to tempt the other. They don’t really get angry. Even the sex is just ok. And the ending is extremely convenient. After all the build-up, it’s just so easy that I ended up shaking my head.
The book is not bad. It’s just slow. And I wanted more emotion, specifically some passion… some fire. Instead, it’s just lukewarm and a little trite.
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Daniel’s True Desire
by Grace Burrowes
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca