I almost thought there would be no villain in this book, apart from the two characters obliviousness to each others' feelings. But Alas! Here comes our villain.

Simon, A co-worker from Freya's old workplace, is out for revenge against Freya.

And yes, You would be right to assume that he is Freya's old flame. Cliche much. *Rolls her eyes*

But you know, the villains are the best characters in books! They make the plot much more interesting and makes it much more worthwhile reading. Plus, we have bonus action scene, where our hero Coop, can show off his amazing self learned martial arts skills.

I know, only happens in books. *sighs*

But getting back to the plot, Simon's entry spikes up Freya's insecurities and Coop's protectiveness over her. So Freya and Coop get closer, emotionally and well, physically.
Is it just me or the room got hotter? :P

Coop opens up to Freya about the death of his son, Milo and the mental illness of his ex-wife that ultimately killed Milo. *picks up a tissue, wipes tears and blows her nose*

The book ends on a happy note, all rainbows and sunshines. Freya and Coop are madly in love, Simon's just mad and in jail; and things seem to work out after a very long time,in the book.
At last!

Though it was a Cliche book, I loved the way the book was written. To be able to feel Coop's frustrations and Freya's pain, the book was very expressive in the description of its characters and their emotions.
One night stands. Friends with benefits.

These are the kind of relationships which usually start out with zero commitment and no emotional attachment and almost slowly the tables turn. By the end, these relationships either become the sappy love stories we fantasize over; or the Devdas stories, desperate in search for a happier ending.

Freya and Coop's relationship, since it is in the undefined territories of the relationship zone; their expectations from each other are quite vague and confusing. They share something that has more mood swings than a heavily pregnant lady: one minute they are happy, in each others arms and the next they are at each others throats.

At this stage, there are too many secrets between the two, though their guards are down, they both are still reluctant to share their pasts. In a way, they both are just using lust as an excuse to be around each other. But the reader can sense something more between them.

Other than failed jokes and the amusement from their cheesy moments Sharukh Khan moments, the book is pretty intense at this stage,with tensions rising between the two.
Freya's sadness seems completely justified at the beginning. The only thing she ever really focused on excelling at, her career, had now been taken away from her, rather unfairly so. The person whom she was madly in love with, had hurt her with his brutal words at her sexual inexperience. It was almost heartbreaking to know that for Freya, it was really the end of everything in her life she really cared about.
Though I feel for Freya, her desperation to still want to please this man is just beyond my understanding. Throughout the 1st half of the book, you will see Freya's sense of loss and hurt, but as readers, we never really get an insight into any buried anger inside her. Anger at the injustice in her workplace. Anger at the man who betrayed her trust.
It is frustrating to know that not only does Freya not stand up for herself when she is being walked all over, but also she is still ready to let in that man who has crumbled her self confidence to dust.
Through Coop's eyes, we are able to capture the observer view of Freya's character- lacking self respect and confidence. But that is not all that is there; her naivety and ignorance of her surroundings is the reason why she is so open to exploitation.

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