Don’t Love Me by S. Doyle
My Secret Boyfriend Book 1
5 I need her like air CROWNS
Don’t Love Me is a wonderful and hugely enjoyable start to this trilogy. Fortunately I didn’t take any notice of the title and did in fact love it!
Ashleigh and Marc first meet as children, when they are 10 and 12 years of age respectively, and Marc comes to live with his uncle. They have very different backgrounds but both are a little lost and lonely, both have their own sorrows and struggles to deal with despite their tender years. Although Marc has his protective walls firmly in place, Ash is determined and tenacious when it comes to offering her friendship. She doesn’t let his sometimes mean words and offhand comments put her off and often deals with them by way of humor, or pays them no mind. At no point did I feel that she was a doormat, however, probably because in those early days she chose not to take his comments to heart. Kind and caring, she knows exactly what she’s doing and in fact what Marc’s doing too, and why for that matter. She sees him for what he is and in my opinion this makes her extremely strong and resilient, albeit in a quiet and unassuming way. A little naïve due to her upbringing but a strong young woman nevertheless. She’s the light to his dark, his rock, offering stability and solidarity and I loved her.
Over the course of the book these two grow up together and the progression of their relationship through to their late teens is heartwarming. Marc is determined to deny his true feelings and I really hoped that for him realisation would dawn before it was too late. Its quite an emotional story and I thought it was all very well written. The pacing of the story for me was just right too.
At one point, however, the story starts to take a slightly darker turn, one which had my senses on full alert. There’s some psychological manipulation being used by one particular devious character which gives the tale a definite edge. It’s all something of a mystery and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen there. I feel this person has not yet done his worst.
Of course being a trilogy book one ends on a cliffhanger. I must say, I love this author’s writing style and I finished Don’t Love Me hugely invested in the wonderful characters she’s created. I can’t wait to find out what life has in store for this couple and Don’t Hate Me can’t come soon enough.
The state took me away from my mother when was I twelve and sent me to live with an uncle, who worked on some fancy estate.
That’s when I met Ash, she was ten and the daughter of the man who owned the estate. She thought I would be her new best friend but I only wanted to be left alone.
For years she was always there, always annoying me, always wanting more from me. But our roles were clear. She was the princess and I was the chauffeur’s charity case.
I told her not to fall in love with me…she didn’t listen.
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About S Doyle:
No joke, my romance writing career started when I was ten and realized that Leia and Han were the true couple in Star Wars.
It’s been about thirty years and over forty books and I still love it.
I also write as Stephanie Doyle for Harlequin if you’re interested in reading more.