He must take a bride…
But he already has a wife!
Charming Prince Cassius wed young Inara Donati to save her from a dreadful forced betrothal. But their arrangement was only on paper.
Five years later, after tragedy makes him king, Cassius needs heirs, and for that, he requires a real queen!
Bookish Inara isn’t made for court life. But when Cassius demands a divorce, even she’s surprised by the strength of her refusal—and unfulfilled desire.
Yet to find the courage to ask him for a true marriage, Inara must first believe she can be the queen he needs…
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: The Wedding Night They Never Had
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 24, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
My Rating: 3 stars
The Wedding Night They Never Had is an okay story — but for the first time in a very long time, I’m not engaged with this story or these characters in the least bit I’m sorry to say. I don’t know. I went into this story thinking I’d like it but more than halfway through I knew that neither would ever redeem themselves in my eyes and I finished it because I so dislike leaving any chance that the story or characters would get better by the ending.
Don’t get me wrong, the writing is good, I’ve always enjoyed Jackie Ashenden… I simply couldn’t like either character or care if they got their happy ending. While I understood, in part, why Cassius acted as he did there were too many cringe-worthy moments to overlook for me. And as for Inara… she never came across to me as a believable character.
I rarely do this rating, especially for a Harlequin but The Wedding Night They Never Had was simply a good book, one that has an audience I’m sure, but that audience is not me.
I own a Kindle edition of this title.
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