The story starts with a prologue, a scene where things get steamy between Mara and Liam as she’s cleaning up the kitchen. I have mixed feelings about this because we obviously know, given that this is a romantic novel, that they’re going to end up together. However, it kind of messes it up that it’s revealed at the beginning of the book. From that point on, the story starts six months prior to that moment, and is then a countdown to when it happens and the events shortly after. Part of my disappointment with this is that this scene actually happens near the very end of the book. The entire book is set up to build up to that moment but after it reaches the peak, it falls flat as you’ve now hit the very short epilogue.
It’s honestly frustrating to see that a woman, a scientist at that, would forego protection. I know that in the heat of the moment, you want things to continue; having been in those moments myself I understand this. I will say, that every time I’ve had this happen, I regretted it. It’s a very big thing to trust a partner telling you they’re “clean” before taking the risk of having unprotected sex. I know this is just a book, but for younger readers who may be curious about sex or are starting to discover steamy romance novels, they might read this and think it’s okay to do.