By Kim Carmichael
On The Dotted Line is your classic tale of a mega-rich guy (Randolph), who must meet some familial demand to marry by a certain age, who meets a poor girl (Willow) who’s in desperate need of cash in a hurry. Randolph makes a proposal he knows Willow can’t refuse, followed by the very quick race down the aisle in order to meet the deadline. And yes, they make it just in time.
Despite the hot sex, drama and confusion take place on almost every page. Randolph likes Willow, but won’t tell her because he thinks she only married him for money. She did. Willow likes Randolph, but won’t tell him because she thinks he only married her for money. He did. This scenario sets the scene for almost the entire book. When they get close to admitting their feelings for each other, something inevitably interrupts them (mostly their own thoughts) and the moment is lost.
They finally share their feelings for one another and things run smoothly for a little while. But the story wouldn’t be complete without one final act that tears them apart. Most of the characters have secrets and lies that you just know will unravel at the most inopportune time. Randolph thinks it’s best to let Willow go, and Willow leaves as it’s what Randolph wants. This leaves both of them to wonder why the other one didn’t fight for them. Both come to their senses seemingly at the same time and POW!!! … you end up with your HEA.
Sadly, I don’t know why I bought this book. It’s a theme I’ve read a few times before and to be honest, these stories never change or come up with new twists. Maybe that’s why I really struggled to finish this book: it just didn’t engage me. It didn’t keep my up all night. It didn’t scream out to me to pick it back up when I put it down. I slogged through it just so I could finish it to move on to my next book.
I also had trouble following the conversations throughout this book. I can’t really explain it other than when reading conversations between characters, I always felt like I had missed something. The conversations were stilted and disjointed and I was left wondering how the characters got from Point A to Point B while they were talking.
On The Dotted Line