About the Author:
Melanie Macek is a transplanted Californian desert rat living in Texas. She and her husband are owned by two Bombay cats - Murphy (Smurph) and Charlie (Midget). Luckily her husband shares her love of travel and they are slowly checking off destinations. Many vacations have turned into story ideas. Vacation ideas are welcome!
After trying her hand at poetry, song writing, and short stories, she started writing her first novel after the death of her mother. The urge to commit words to paper became undeniable, though life and work frequently put it on the back burner. It took 14 years to complete that first novel and another 4 to edit and fine tune it enough to release. Melanie currently writes contemporary romance but would love to eventually write historical romances. Her love of history does show up somewhat in her contemporary novels, so keep an eye out for tiny tidbits of trivia.
You can contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or read her blog at www.featherpenstartandreams.wordpress.com.
Elena Tinsmann is one semester away from graduating with her history degree. Her parents inform her she must start planning a wedding - her own. She learns she’s engaged to the one person who’s hurt her most; someone she used to call a friend.
Alec Herr appears to have everything: heir to the family business along with prestige and standing in the community. It’s the last thing he wants. When he finds out about the arranged marriage to Elena, he sees it as a chance to follow his own path
The premise of this story was something I was very unfamiliar with. For starters, arranged marriages are not something people are used to hearing about, let alone read about . Typically I associated them with marriages that occurred hundreds of years ago, but can be rarely found in some cultures today. The one thing I didn't like about the book was it took a while to figure out if the story took place a long time ago or was current. There were a few minor errors in the story, but it's not something I'm going to nitpick over.
The story itself was well written, very descriptive and kept me glued to every page. The dynamic of the two characters Elena and Alec was a constant wave of hot and cold and with just cause. I won't give away anything specific, but I will say this was a surprising take on a romance novel with powerful characters that you will remember for quite some time.
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