This was by far my most favorite book in this series.
Maybe it's because I identify with Julietta more than any of the previous female protagonists. I love them all, but Julietta's all work no play was much easier for me to understand than needing to save my home or feeling overshadowed by siblings. She's strong independent, has fought sexism, has learned not to ask for help, and struggles with asking for help even when she needs it.
For those of you wondering, DNF means "Did Not Finish"
It breaks my heart when I don't enjoy a book (I'm looking at you, The Great Gatsby and Moby Dick), even more so when it leads me to quit without reaching the ending.
One of the reasons I may have been disappointed was the sheer amount of hype surrounding this book, and upcoming movie (starring and executively produced by Emma Watson). All the press about this book have raved about the strong female protagonist who is a queen in her own right and does not have the distraction of a love interest (as is very popular in YA novels) while she is trying to run her country, The Tearling.
Though I did not finish the book, I agree with that assessment. It was clear from the first chapters, and even more so in the second. Rather than go on complimenting Kelsea, I will plainly state that the main character was not the reason I put down this book.
Carina and Max's story is awesome. It burns fast and hot, and their interactions with each other are filled with so much angst and anxiety that it burns off the pages.
She always had a crush on her big brother's best friend, but she's grown up to be a strong woman in her own right, even if she doesn't always remember that fact. Her love of animals and artistic ability also revealed certain sides of her that make her an interesting, multifaceted character.
I didn't like this story as much as The Marriage Bargain, but I did enjoy Michael and Maggie's story. He's an alpha male business man with some "traditional" ideas about what he wants in a wife. Maggie is an outspoken spitfire with a warm heart hidden by her snarky exterior.
I really enjoyed this story. Nick and Alexa knew each other as children, and always teased each other (sometimes taking it a bit too far). When they meet again as adults, over Nick's desk for negotiating a fake marriage, they realize the other has grown up and that they're attracted to each other. That's an understatement.
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