An Accidental Birthright by Maisey Yates
My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
Maisey Yates takes the royal and sperm-bank mix-up themes and combines them in a very satisfactory manner with An Accidental Birthright.
Things I Liked:
*I liked that Max wasn't an over-the-top, arrogant uber-alpha type. He was more on the beta end of the scale, which didn't make him a pushover. He was a nice guy. Although he was born royal, he had a huge work ethic and really cared about his country and his people. I liked that he never disrespected Alison. He showed her a lot of consideration, and was quite long-suffering with her issues. I feel that his marriage damaged him emotionally, because he took on too much blame for his deceased wife's emotional immaturity.
*I found myself identifying with Alison to a scary degree, which was a wake-up call to me. She tended to hold onto her fears of commitment a bit too much, and it was almost frustrating for me to see her be so dogmatic about her determination not to be involved. I did like Alison a lot. She was a strong woman who set a plan in motion for her life, and stuck to it, even through the hardships she faced.
*I liked that both Max and Alison were deep and complex individuals, not just the usual stand-ins that might popular a book of this type, and how they had to get past their respective fears and issues to realize that they weren't just going to be parents together, but that they loved each other truly and belonged together.
*I liked the passion and the emotion of this love story.
*Ms. Yates has a clear, modern, unique writing style, but she gives the reader of HPs what is classic and desired in this line of books, at the same time.
The only thing that I didn't like as much was the roller-coaster that Alison was on with her fears of involvement. I thought it was very cowardly of her to want a celibate marriage in which her husband would be given the go-ahead to cheat on her. I can't see a logical woman standing for that when she had good chemistry and liking for her spouse. I could understand her fears, but I wish she had not taken so long to give herself the opportunity to be loved as a woman after so many years of loneliness with a really good guy like Max. As far as Max, I didn't like that he was determined not to love Alison. I can understand him feeling wounded by his last marriage, but he was given a gift of a child, and a good woman to love and to marry. I felt that he should have been a little braver about taking that chance for a happy future.
Other than the overlong angst and waffling of the characters, I really enjoyed reading this love story. I'd give it 4.25/5.0 stars.
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