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Honestly I have been waiting for Tate and Miller's story since the fireworks they were throwing off in the previous book. I really enjoyed getting glimpses of their past as their current relationship progressed. Second chance romances always get me!
All the stuff Tate was holding onto was quite a surprise, and so sad to think of her dealing with it all on her own. Miller's story was also pretty heartbreaking and lonely. I can see why there was so much animosity between them in the beginning!
As much as I enjoy the sweet and steamy romances in this series, I think the real star of the show is the friendship. This group of people that reminds you that sometimes the family you choose is the most important. Their whole dynamic is heartwarming and I can't get enough of them! Through good times and bad they face things together and they have a lot of fun in the process. I am happy to see this group continuing to grow. Each new addition has another juicy tale in them that I just can't wait to see. And as an added bonus you get to see the couples you have already come to love continuing in their happily-ever-afters.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
What I liked:
- Some scenes were so beautiful and/or painful they made me cry.
- Hank! Big, sweet teddy bear of a man.
- It took a while for the story to get a grip on me, but when it did - oh boy! I couldn't put it down until I finished.
What I didn't like:
- The writing was overly descriptive in places and that distracted me from the story. In fact, the first 20% of the book I was convinced I would dnf.
- Being introverted does not equal being shy. As a very introverted and very much not a shy person, I would know.
- They were constantly "clawing" and "chewing" on each other. While I'm used to that kind of expressions in shifter books, in contemporary romance it invokes some very unpleasant images.
"I had to slowly pull my lip from his jaws and take deep breaths to calm down."
"Whenever Hank rimmed my ass, he grunted and turned into an animal rooting around in his favorite spot."
- And then, there was this gem also:
"Touching him was like sticking my tongue in an electrical socket."
What, potentially deadly and you need a two-digit IQ to do it?
Author: Bret Anthony Johnston
Rating: 5 stars
Arguably my most surprising read of the year.
I did not think a book that followed the life of a family after their kidnapped son is found could be this riveting. I read every word, I skimmed nothing. This was a powerful, heartbreaking, yet hopeful story. You spend the majority of the book in the families' heads, sometimes reading streams of consciousness. The writing was absolutely gorgeous. The plot - realistic, believable. I wasn't depressed reading this, and I was always ready to put this book down if it made me so. I think it was because the characters struggled and fought to work through their fears and challenges. The author did such an amazing job bringing them to life that I felt like I knew truly this family, and was rooting for them as I turned the pages. I have rarely seen characters this well drawn... just wow, amazing.
A great book.