Character driven; Cade and Nina are easy to visualise but hard to like. I usually empathise with at least one of the main characters in a romance but I didn’t. The globetrotting and unmitigated vitriol between Cade and Nina exhausted me.
Cade’s arrogance and tunnel vision combined with his Neanderthal insensitivity towards Nina: a woman he is supposed to care about makes him irredeemable in my eyes he doesn’t deserve his reluctant bride.
Nina is loyal to her family but shows no loyalty to the man she agreed to marry. I found this inconsistency in her character unsettling. She is supposed to be playing Cade to achieve her aims but she is the one doing the chores and losing her dignity.
I understood the plot although I had to re-read sections to do so. Clever but over complicated its explanations seem abstract and not supported by previous evidence earlier in the story.
This story is an acquired taste with memorable characters.