I have to say I was surprised I liked this as much as I did.
In Can’t Buy Me Love I did not like either character that much and was not looking forward to this one. Call me surprised when after a bit of dear god he’s an asshole I found myself wanting Eli to have his HEA and even started to better understand and enjoy Victoria.
Victoria was a hard woman to like. She was whiny, snobby, clingy … I can’t even think about what else I want to call her but she was not likable. I understood that her husband was disgusting, her knight in shining armor was a con-man, and her father was a cold vindictive jerk, What got tiresome was that she just had no backbone or idea how to be strong. She hid behind anything and everything but worse yet recognized it and did it anyway. At the start of this you understand what exactly is holding her back but you also start to see her attempting to become a woman and not a child after years of subjugating herself. She stands up and decides to make something of the crap she has been given while along the way discovers that love can be more than she ever imagined it could be.
Eli was harder to get to the bottom of at first. He’s an asshole (I’m trying to put it nicely really I am…) you can sense and see he is horrified by his behavior but cannot seem to stop himself in this quest to get even with and pull one over on the Baker’s. He is so full of hate and loathing that I didn’t see how he was going to be a hero or someone I could see anyone falling in love with. I loved his turn-around and that it wasn’t overnight. He hits bottom .. HARD … but under all this hatred and bitterness there is a wonderfully sweet man that just needed to hit bottom to make things right. He is a dirty, naughty man but there is a teddy bear underneath that wants to be loved so badly he’s hidden his heart to protect it. I loved him and what he becomes as a result of his relationship with Tori.
If you read the first one and didn’t think that it was worth reading the second one please reconsider. If you haven’t read the first one go ahead and try it but please read this one. It was worth it.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Random House for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.