Having previously read Knock Me Off My Feet, I had hoped this would be a similar book that I would also enjoy.
It wasn't. I found very little to like about Kat Cavenaugh and found it hard to be sympathetic or to root for her to get a happy ending.
I thought Kat was too much of a victim. A victim of her father, a victim of Riley and a victim of fate. She did very little to better her own life. The riches she flashed around in Persuasion were not from her own success and hard work but an inheritance from her former landlord.
That also annoyed me about Kat. She didn't work. She had no kind of job and her only aspiration was revenge.
To me, Kat was immature. She denied her son his father for 20 years and instead of wanting to reunite them, she sought to rub Riley's face in it. Never once did she think about how this would affect her son.
I liked Riley and found him a very sympathetic character. He was the opposite of Kat, taking control and responsibility for his life. Carrie cut the funding for his clinic, but instead of accepting and vowing revenge, he set out to build it himself. When he discovered he had been denied knowing his son, he didn't swear revenge, he set out to find his son.
The most annoying thing about this book was the secondary characters. Too many of them were crazy and the rest seemed to have very little point. Rachel, Jeff, the truck driver and his extended family were unnecessary. You would need a flow chart to keep up with everyone.
Carrie was too over the top. She went from crazy obsessed to nearly cured, and I don't think that happens; then Madeline, the only secondary character I felt sympathy for, also became crazy; and then Virgil, who was probably always slightly crazy, became the main villain. I didn't understand it.
It was like the author couldn't decide who the bad guy should be. Let's try Carrie. OK, not working; moving on to Madeline. Still not working. Oh, I know! Virgil! He's a wife beating child molester. Perfect!
There was just too much going on and the story felt very disjointed and not romantic. I was never wanting Riley and Kat to get together. I was more invested in the relationship between Madeline and Matt, which never went anywhere.
The big reveal at the end was also slightly insulting to the reader and came from way out in left field.
Overall, I didn't like this book. It was written well, but the story wasn't good. I wouldn't recommend it unless you were on a quest to read the complete works of Susan Donovan.