A family with ten kids. Well, those kids aren´t kids anymore. At least not all of them. But I have to say, that the author has changed her way of writing about the Abbott´s. And with that, I mean the tone and how the plot is presented. But see for yourself. I am a huge fan of the Green Mountain series, and the first books were one thrilling read. Overnight reads, to be honest. This one? Negative report.

And I Love Her*
by Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #4
Publisher Berkley on March 3, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 336
Format Paperback
Source Publisher*

As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family´s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can´t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he´s the man for her. Megan´s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister – and her job at the diner- going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn´t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?
Megan has adored Will since forever – at least that´s how it felt for her. She thought she´d be in love with him and when he fell for another woman, Megan turned into a bitch. Not noticing that his brother Hunter was watching her. When Hunter sees his chance and does everything to convince her that he is the man she wanted all along, Megan is in turmoil. If life has taught her a lesson then the one that every person, she loved, is sooner or later leaving her. So why should she believe Hunter, that he won´t do the same?

This novel is hot from the start. Skip the part with getting to know the other person in a romantic way. Or the cautious approach. Instead, the smooth opposite. Compared to the other books in this series, most of the time, it was untypical. The dialogues are sometimes too intense and individual words did not fit into the overall picture.

Marie Force has largely maintained her sensitive style. And it was also wonderful to read how Hunter makes Megan understand what he wants from her and how he wants it. You get to know a side of him, I didn´t expect. And the psychological component which gave an explanation, why Megan reacted to Will for years and later to Cameron the way she did in a previous novel, was understandable. But the language between Megan and Hunter, mercilessly direct, open and honest to the point of hurt, that was not always nice and sometimes damn close to being set in a pure erotic novel. Not fitting for this romance series.

So far, Megan was an aggressive bitch who behaved impossibly and would have liked to shoot another person on the moon. Her sudden turnaround is strange and unconvincing. And the fact that Hunter excuses everything and always understands what it is, soon began, to annoy me. Not that it isn´t nice to have an absolute understanding partner. But less of everything would have been more.

Megan lost all her grip years ago when an accident suddenly killed her parents and left her and her sister alone. Since then, she is terrified of living life. Behaves as if there is no tomorrow, and treat all those who enjoy life to the fullest and sometimes take risks as if they are evil. Just do not show feelings (other than contempt and aggression) or let a person in on you. Hot sex: yes, please. A caring and loving partner: no thanks. Sorry, but I just don´t like Megan.

No matter what she does, says, or wants: Hunter understands, excuses, gives or reacts accordingly. The fashionably dressed head of the Abbott family business becomes a hungry animal in bed. Demanding absolute control between the sheets. In everyday life, he is wax in Megan´s hands, almost becoming a softie. This contrast between a correct accountant who always plans everything in detail, who becomes a researching, inexorable being when it comes to the woman he wants and loves, and the yielding man – is peculiar. In all other Green Mountain novels, he has always been extremely shy of Megan and since the first page in this book, he goes to the top. In every way. That does not fit and takes much of the original charm inherent in the other books. 

The gentle writing style has remained. Only the sound often does not fit. Not in comparison to the previous books. For the first time since I am reading this series, I was not inspired by it let alone an overnight read. I have clearly missed the charm for which Marie Force and this series is actually famous and popular. Yes, every figure of the Abbott siblings has a different character, and not every person can be the same in style, behavior, or how they see the world. But that change in Hunter´s and Megan´s personal side was too much to be convincing. Sorry, that wasn´t my book.

Happy reading

*I read the German edition new release by Fischer TB on March 23, 2017 

Marie Force
Marie Force ©Pamela Sarinha

Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary romance. She writes series as well as stand-alone novels. While her husband was in the U.S. Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland, and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island.  


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