Book Review: After the Wedding by Courtney Milan
Posted on 26 April 2018
“Hope is not weak. It takes courage to hope and hope and hope, when nothing comes out right. It takes strength to continue to believe that this time everything will come out right when it’s always gone wrong before."
When I found out Courtney Milan was releasing a book after 2 yrs, I had to jump on the train and get my hands on an ARC ASAP. However, I found it hard to get into this one. The first half of the book was slow and confusing. I kept telling myself to keep reading, hoping it'll get better. It did, but only marginally. The characters had no chemistry in the first half, and weren't very well-developed. I found it hard to root for Camilla or Adrian because I didn't know who they were as people until the very end.
The book picked up in the second half, and took a predictable route to the much-coveted HEA, but by then I expected more. The main issues were pacing and chemistry. Even though the characters are together all the time, I felt no tension between them. They were more like friends than lovers in the sense that there was no sexual tension waiting to explode. The characters are too busy trying to process what is going on to make any attempt at romance. When the attraction begins, it feels sudden, because they've known each other for a while by then without any sparks flying. I didn't really feel the love scenes either, because the beginning didn't effectively lead up to them.
I'm sorry to say this book didn't work for me. This is the first time I didn't get the feels from a Courtney Milan book. However, it's an average historical romance, even if it's a slow starter. If you're CM fan, you might want to give it a try.
*ARC provided by author for review.