REVIEW: A Fortune Wedding by Kristin HardyFriday, September 18, 2009 1:00
I really tried to like this book. Two things marred my enjoyment: 1) the fact that I hadn’t read any of the previous books and 2) the heroine. There were many things that were referenced in this book that I didn’t understand because I hadn’t read any of the previous ones.
Frannie’s husband is murdered and her whole world changes. She’d been living under his thumb for years and now she doesn’t know what to do. She wants to become an independent woman, wants to take control of her life, but she doesn’t really know how. I can appreciate that. I understood that her life had been turned upside down, but rather than dealing with it she just stuck her head in the sand and refused to do anything. She whined and complained when Roberto offered to help her, and complained when he tried to support her, but she did nothing to make her life her own.
I can’t stand a whiny heroine. It’s annoying and frustrating when she complains about her situation but does nothing to change it. I found it interesting that she was willing to look the other way and not take charge with anyone but the hero. Which means she basically just pushed him away the whole book. For no good reason.
Roberto I liked. He was hurt by Frannie in the past, but he was willing to step up and help her regardless. He was definitely the more stable and logical of the pair. I liked that he was willing to stand with Frannie even though she was a total mess. Unfortunately, that was also one of the things that turned me off from him, too. As the book progressed and Frannie acted more and more like a spoiled child, I lost respect for Roberto and the way he kept trying to be in her life. There comes a point when enough is enough, and I thought Frannie crossed that point early in the book.
I was surprised at the twist the plot took toward the end. Finding out what happened with Frannie’s dead husband was what kept me reading. I enjoyed the way the story played out. Otherwise, I can’t offer much to recommend this story.
Once, he was her whole world…
…until Roberto Mendoza left Frannie Fortune and their hometown far behind. But she was no longer the seventeen-year-old in love with the smoldering ranch hand. She was a woman accused of murdering her husband.
When he left Red Rock nineteen years ago, Roberto swore he would never return. But when an unseen enemy threatened the Mendoza clan, he found himself charging to Frannie’s rescue, determined to help her clear her name. And when passion reignited—hotter and more powerful than before—Roberto knew he’d do anything to heal the past and build a future with the woman who’d always belong to him.
The woman he’d never stopped loving.
Read an excerpt for A Fortune Wedding