I had read some reviews on this book and decided to ignore them. I find some people who review books have read a book they don't understand and didn't...moreI had read some reviews on this book and decided to ignore them. I find some people who review books have read a book they don't understand and didn't try to give it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I am SO not happy with the last installment on this series. I think every fan of the Sweet series feel in love with Damon and Cole from the beginning. So to read Cole's not so happy ever after leaves me disappointed. Cole truly deserved better.
The book is written in three parts. Each leading character gets their own section. The premise is Cole, who's been a constant visitor during the whole series, recognizes the one he walked away from and regretted all his life. He sees Ren in a restaurant with a man who is clearly her Dominant. He decides to go after her which flies in the face of all convention of the Dominant/submissive world. He might ask to play with her but he would not purposely set out to get in the middle. This doesn't make love Cole any less. The other Dominant, Lucas, "loans, Ren to Cole for two weeks so Ren and Cole and work out their unresolved issues. Ren spends much of the two weeks worrying over who or if she will choose one or the other. At the end of the two weeks, Lucas shows up to take Ren back. Cole sees Ren's welcome for Lucas and decides he'll play the martyr. Ren is so distraught, Lucas approaches Cole about a polygamous relationship with them and Ren. This is where I really got ticked and skimmed the last pages. Lucas asks Ren to marry him knowing he's entering into a shared relationship. Lucas also invites Cole over and they double team Ren. Ren finally grows a backbone and calls a halt. The guys declare undying love for Ren, she forgives them and they live happily ever after. HOGWASH!!!!!
Lucas is a self absorbed prick. From the beginning, I felt that Ren was with him because he helped her and she felt she owed him. There was nothing about the description of Lucas and Ren's relationship to lead me to believe he felt more than predatory ownership for her. The sex seemed more about him than her all the time. In the dialogue they both talk about how he loved showing her off but had a hands off aura. It seemed he was more concerned about what he wanted and how he felt than Ren. By giving Ren to Cole and then inviting Cole over without talking to Ren in either instance, shows he had little care for her. The real kicker was him walking by Ren and Cole at the restaurant and without acknowledging them. Everything about Lucas irked me to no end. I would have felt no compassion for him had Ren chosen Cole.
Ren is the weakest of all the heroines in this series. She's run from her past and never dealt with it. Even though Cole and Lucas praise her for being strong and open, she's not. She's pretty much a brat. She never voiced anything she wanted and seemed scared of it when it was given to her. All the fluctuating and worry over choosing Cole or Lucas was tiresome. What I feel she truly felt for Lucas was gratitude because he gave her a place to live when she walked out on her relationship in Vegas. She needed someone to take care of her. I think I would have liked her better if she had stepped away from both of the men and spent some time on her own out of a relationship before committing to them. The Ren as she was present cannot survive on her own and that's just not a strong person.
Cole, oh Cole why did she do this to you and why did you let her?!?! From first meeting Cole, I knew he was special. I'm just not happy with where he went in this book. He deserved better than to end up having to share his heroine. I would have liked to get to know him better and I feel he was made out to be less than he is. Maybe that's just how I feel after having watched him fall a little in love with Serena and Angelina. Not to say Cole is without his flaws but if he were perfect, I wouldn't like him so much. He should not have had to grovel just to share Ren with another guy. He deserved to win her for himself, especially after committing such a huge faux pas. Cole exerts enough backbone to justify him not being weak but not enough to redeem him and his story.
Overall, the Sweet series is one of my favorites. The closer just sucks to high heaven.(less)