An Act of Persuasion by Stephanie Doyle: Review

May 14, 2013 Reviews 0

An Act of Persuasion by Stephanie DoyleFor all the wrong reasons.

Anna Summers has always been more than Ben Tyler’s assistant. She’s even been more than his best friend. Too bad Ben didn’t realize it until after she quit. Now that he’s more like his old self after facing off against a life-threatening illness, he’s ready to win Anna back.

Of course, it’s not simple. One night Ben broke his own rule about getting involved with an employee. And now Anna is pregnant. She refuses to let him use the baby as a reason for them to reconcile. It will take an act of persuasion to convince her they belong together…and not only because of the baby.

Unfortunately, I had to bite the bullet and stop reading this. Usually when I don’t finish a book, it is because it shits me so badly, I want to throw it against the wall.

This time, I couldn’t finish it because I just couldn’t get into it. I tried a few times to restart the reading process, hoping that whatever it was I couldn’t find the last time was there this time around. Alas, this was not to be.

The storyline does lend itself a little more on occasion to the Presents or Desire lines – boss had interlude with secretary who secretly loves him, they have a barney, split and he discovers her later on, pregnant with his child.  What was different about this (I was so glad there was no shipping billionaires from made-up countries with bizarre names) was that Ben was gravely ill with leukaemia and their fall-out was over his choice of experimental treatment.

I don’t know – maybe I’m just jaded by the pushy, overbearing alpha male. Ben was just a bit too full-on for me – I can see his point that this is his only chance for fatherhood, but his pursuit of Anna always felt a little too much like a game – “See girl, must have”.

I couldn’t really connect with Anna either – she was just a little blah.

I may revisit it sometime down the track, as I am quite interested to see how Mark, a secondary character, goes reconnecting with his daughter – and how the rest of his story pans out.

That there to me is the main issue – I cared more for the secondary characters than the hero and the heroine, and if I can’t connect with them, I find it very difficult to finish.

My rating: Did Not Finish

Release Date: 5 March 2013

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Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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