An easy relaxing read but it lacked a certain something that I can’t seem to put my finger on.
I liked both the main characters. Gwendolyn is a sensible woman who has never gotten over the teasing she received as a child. Bernard (aka the Dragon) is back for revenge for the death of his family and his own capture. Neither of them are able to see themselves clearly and the story is how they open each other’s eyes to their true self.
The story never bogs down, but it just lacks a depth to the characters that I wasn’t expecting, having read some of Ms. Medeiros more recent works. They both find their way to each other eventually, but the conclusion, just felt like it needed more, preferably more begging by Bernard and Gwendolyn having to be forced to make a hard decision. Izzy’s intervention felt like the author gave Gwendolyn a cop out between having to choose between the past and the present which, while it gave her an overall happily ever after, meant that Gwendolyn never had to truly overcome her family’s past. She could just shove it aside and not deal with it. In fact, she never had to deal with that fact, only Bernard did and that is perhaps why there just seemed to be nothing missing.