Jonathan Graves, a famous writer, visits the big accounting company where Laurel works as a secretary. But it turns out that he is actually Oliver, the same reporter who put her through hell six years ago. When she was fifteen, her stepfather tried to rape her, and the trial was a terrible experience for her. Afterward Oliver befriended her only to publish a slanderous article about her! What exactly does he want this time?
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- Was it love or was it guilt? 4
- erin 11/30/2015 6 people found the following review helpful
To be honest, the premise of this story isnt one of my favourite. its strays far away from the typical fluffy cliche of " I hate this arrogant b$trd I'll show you whose plain after my makeover" type of story. This is far more emotionally loaded, sad and the resentment the heroine felt for the male protagonist is beyond justifiable. He betrayed her in the worst time and wort way possible for a 15 year old traumatized by the betrayal of her 'own parents.' He ruin her, scarred her and made her stop believing in people. The 6 years he hounded and chased after her felt like a constant reminded for Laurel of her past, the past she tried to forget. He comes to her office and apologizes. She wanted her revenge, which TBH I was rooting for her to get. I wanted her to make him feel even half of what she felt during those times. He offers his place and tries to make her live a normal life. She obliged, this is her way to get her revenge. As she slowly tries to do so, she feels attachment to his family and to him. Enter phase stockholm syndrome but less extreme. I kept telling myself, Laurel please dont fall for him. Just dont. But she did, only to find some notes written about her. Hows shes uncomfortable with certain situations, preference to have locked bathrooms etc. She felt as if she was being betrayed and raped again. It turns out it was all a misunderstanding. I for one felt this is one of the few instances where her misunderstanding is totally acceptable. He betrayed her before, why would this time be any different. She gets his letter of apology. She reads it and feels bad. She comes back to him and they get married. Its easy to fall in love with Laurel but at times I wonder if what he felt for her was guilt. He felt responsible for her life so he became attached, he grew obsessed with making her happy. Did he really love her? Well he might have fallen for her in the times they spent together but in a way I felt, Id be happier if they just stayed as friends and if she joined the monastery, learn to forgive him and he pine for her for the rest of his life! you cant have cake and eat it too!
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