Summary: Alex Montgomery’s brother has always been a hellion but when he rapes Annie even his brother knows he has taken things to far. Alex banishes him and cuts him off financially. Then, he goes to the parents of the Annie who is believed initially to be mentally handicapped. When she becomes pregnant, he marries her, intent on taking her child and returning her to her parents. Only, he soon realizes that not all is as it seems. His sweet wife isn’t mentally handicapped. She is simply deaf. That changes everything.
I had to give this book five stars because I really enjoyed it. It was the kind of book that I literally lost sleep to read. These days, reading a book usually takes me about a week. I finished this book in a day.
I loved that Annie was deaf. It made the story interesting and gave both characters much more depth.
The writer was amazing at keeping up the pace. I didn’t feel rushed but at the same time I needed to turn the page more than I needed sleep (I work nights so I ALWAYS need sleep).
Their love story was sweet and sensual.
I really enjoyed how Annie saw the world and the way her story was told.
I also loved the housekeeper, Maddy. She was a fun secondary character.
While I love this book enough to give it five stars there were some things I have to note that I didn’t love.
Firstly, the prologue was very difficult to read. I understand why the author included it and I understand its importance to the story. But, I would have been okay if the author had started the book with Alex confronting his brother. The author did a good job at the prologue and wasn’t graphic but I really didn’t need to be there for Annie’s rape though I suppose the book wouldn’t have had the same punch without it.
Another thing I was a bit weirded out by was how much Alex was lusting after Annie when he thought she was mentally handicapped. He pretty much wants to bed her from the moment he meets her. In his thoughts he admits it is wrong but honestly that didn’t really help me find it any less creepy. There are many times in the book I didn’t care for Alex’s actions even when he had reasonable reasons for them. He kind of seemed like a well intentioned jerk at certain parts of the book.
My last complaint is that Annie becomes quite sensual once Alex shows her all that the marriage bed can be. I’ve known a few women who lost their virginity to rape and I can promise you not one of them was rubbing ice cream on their nipples for foreplay less than a year later. I mean, I wanted Annie to be okay with being with Alex and I wanted her to enjoy it but I felt like things got taken too far.
Overall, I really loved this book but it was hard to suspend disbelief in places or get past feelings of disgust. Despite those moments, this book was off the wall amazing and I truly enjoyed reading it.