The H had history going way back with the OW and had family ties to hers so the he could not cut her off like any typical smex partner. So much of the book had him defending the OW’s actions to the h. The h came in a constant second behind the OW. I found that tedious hence my skimming. The H defended the OW throughout the story including the incident at the very end of the story. When the incident occurred and he was faced with two stories..he immediately picked the OW’s version without hesitation over the h’s.