The Fine Print | By Lauren Asher




Book Review | Contemporary Romance

The Fine Print
Rowan I'm in the business of creating fairy tales. Theme parks. Production companies. Five-star hotels. Everything could be all mine if I renovated Dreamland. My initial idea of hiring Zahra was good in theory, but then I kissed her. Things spiraled out of control once I texted her using an alias. By the time I realized where I went wrong, it was too late. People like me don't get happy endings. Not when we're destined to ruin them. Zahra After submitting a drunk proposal criticizing Dreamland's most expensive ride, I should have been fired. Instead, Rowan Kane offered me a dream job. The catch? I had to work for the most difficult boss I'd ever met. Rowan was rude and completely off-limits, but my heart didn't care. At least not until I discovered his secret. It was time to teach the billionaire that money couldn't fix everything. Especially not us. The Fine Print is the first book in a series of interconnected standalones following three billionaire brothers.   (Goodreads)





My thoughts







Narrative and Plot









The Fine Print is a hate to love romance told from both Rowan and Zahra’s perspective. The pacing of the book was quite fast in the beginning, but it felt stagnant in the middle. However, the last two chapters wrapped it all up quite quickly without making it a lengthy book.

Rowan is a rich man and his tone has that arrogance, which makes it a bit difficult for you to like him while Zahra’s sunshine attitude is easier to get behind.














Characters and Conflicts













Writing a workplace romance in these days is a trickier subject. It cannot at any point feel coerced. And while the story made it quite clear that the attraction was equal on both sides, there was very little communication to convey that. Rowan’s actions at the beginning won’t be that cute if you flipped the genre and viewed it as a thriller. It is borderline obsessive stalking. It reminded me of those insta reels which are captioned as “background score is everything” and then portray a 90s hero as a toxic stalker with ominous music.







The story acknowledges that his actions were wrong and needed work. But if Rowan was not so handsome and rich, would he be given a second chance?




By the end he does have a character arc and you cannot deny the chemistry at that point. However, the rocky start cannot be ignored at any rate. Also, Zahra is too trusting and open-minded. I did not see much of a character arc for her compared to Rowan. Be it Brady or Rowan, she relied on someone else’s confirmation to believe in herself. Zahra could have used at least one scene where she believed in herself without any external motivation.





























Overall, The Fine Print was a one time romance read for me. If you can turn your gaze away from the slightly problematic start of the romance, you might actually end up enjoying this one.













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