PPFF Rating: 4/5 Stars
The (stupid) things people do for and because of love.
British badboy billionaire, Callum Kensington’s best friend was dying. Richard von Berg’s last wish was for Callum to take care and marry his sister to protect her from money-grabbing men. Willingly, Callum agreed to marry secretly and become Stella’s conservator until she was at the age of twenty-six.
Heiress Stella von Berg moved to London and started her new life at the age of twenty-one. For years, she harbored a crush on Callum, but he kept his distance and treated her like a child. For three years, she and her fake husband see each other once or twice a year.
He lived his life and she did hers.
But when his family started to demand Callum take a wife, he had no choice but to present Stella as his scapegoat.
After a week together in his family estate, will Callum see his wife in a different light?
I was feeling a bit generous after reading this book, thus the 4-rating. To be honest, I almost shelved this one as DNF after only several chapters in.
So why 4 stars? Well, for all the things that were bad about this book, the good parts, overall, made me quite happy in the end.
First, let’s talk about THE BAD.
When I added this to my to-read shelf on GoodReads, I immediately got excited about the premise of the story. I like me some marriage of convenience books. But right from the start, the tone and how it was written seemed off to me personally. I’m not sure if it was just me but they sounded awkward in my head. I mean, it did get better halfway but it was initially one of the reasons why I almost gave up on it.
After all, it’s always going to be a struggle when the flow doesn’t run as smoothly or as naturally as it should.
Another issue that I had with the book was the abundance of typos. I really don’t get how this was allowed to get published when there were clearly still A LOT of proofreading to be done. Seriously, I’ve never been one to be anal about technicalities but this was just terrible in that aspect.
And the love scenes? I must admit I skimmed over several times. The descriptions were ridiculous. The dirty talks were just plain dirty, it simply didn’t work for me.
I also have to mention how I loved/hated Callum Kensington. He made me so frustrated that there were times when I really wanted to beat the crap out of him for being SO STUPID! Ugh! Until now I’m feeling a bit riled up just thinking about how he was being such a douche to Stella von Berg.
Speaking of Stella, her character was the book’s saving grace for me. Actually, she was basically the GOOD part of the whole book. Although I was shaking my head a few times at how much of a martyr she was because of her love for Callum, I was also admiring her for it. She wasn’t the typical strong heroine that I liked but she wasn’t, by any means, a doormat either. She didn’t easily cry even when she was obviously hurting inside. Basically, she was able to hold her own against Callum.
The moments I enjoyed the most were the times when Stella was with other guys. Callum wasn’t supposed to be affected as part of his I-don’t-get-attached persona but he ended up being so jealous and possessive anyway. Nothing like a good ego boost!
Falling For My Husband had a lot of potential to be a great read. All the elements were there but it just wasn’t written well. If you can get over the bad parts, you may end up liking the book just like I surprisingly did. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people would either hate this or end up not finishing it.