Janos' ability to allow Alissa to start seeing herself as he saw her, was a beautiful transformation of a well-known, negative inner-dialogue that is often so self-destructive is a sweet and insightful part of what makes his character attractive. The way Alissa starts picking up on how Janos 'reads' her, and uses that knowledge against him, shows her keen interest in finding the heart of the man.
There was not a lot of context provided for either character......little or no formative information. Everyone is shaped in part by their history, their environment. And if substantial self-esteem issues, in the case of Alyssa, or emotional repression in Janos' case, exist, a cause or at least compounding factor can be found in the individual's background somewhere. To some, this may not be important, to me this is necessary information, to be able to form an understanding of, and a connection with, a character. I need that kind of involvement, and I wasn't able to find that here.
As the entire book was written from Alyssa's POV, there was little to no insight as to what drew Janos to her, which is something I missed, especially in light of Alissa's initial assessment, that they would be utterly incompatible. We know what she saw that first time....but what did he see at first glance, at first instinct, that drew him in?
Although Charlotte Stein's mastery of the English language is evident, or perhaps, because of it, I had to put the book aside a few times to take a break. Not because of the story itself, but because the descriptiveness became a bit too overwhelming for me. I admit, I am a bit allergic to that.
✨Kinky, sweet and insightful!!✨
**ARC courtesy of NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, in return for an honest review.**