I was so excited to read Diamond in the Rough because the heroine was a scrapbooker and owned her own store. The characters were believable, lovable, and the suspense was enough to keep the pages turning.
I really enjoyed passing my time with the story because it had a clever plot. However, as with all good books, you hate for it to come to an end, especially when the book ended with a surprise twist that I never saw coming.
For readers who are more about the story than the sex, Diamond in the Rough is mostly sensual with one scene tipping it over into the spicy zone. There’s no doubt the chemistry between Aiden and Gina works.
For all the strong aspects of the story, the rocky but interesting relationship between the heroine and hero, the suspense about the ranch thieves and the romance, there are a few things that prevented this story from being a really good book.
This novel felt like it was rushed, almost like the author had met her quota of required pages and had to quickly end it. There were loose subplot threads left unresolved that left me with more questions than answers, and my expectations of getting to know the hero and heroine a lot more were not met. I felt the storyline could have been more developed than what it was. I was a bit disappointed because I really liked most of the book and wanted to know more about what motivated Aiden and Gina than what the story delivered.
I would definitely recommend reading Diamond in the Rough to a reader who is looking to pass a couple of hours. It’s not the best book ever, but there’s enough entertainment value that made me glad I read it.
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