**spoiler alert** What can I say, Mary Calmes really went out with a bang on this one, closing up the story of Jin and Logan. I have rarely found that...more**spoiler alert** What can I say, Mary Calmes really went out with a bang on this one, closing up the story of Jin and Logan. I have rarely found that I like the last book as much as the first in a series and often think the writer is just 'phoning' it in, just to get rid of it in order to go on to their next project. This is definitely not the case with Honored Vow.
The book begins on a dark note with Jin and Logan in Las Vegas heading to the morgue to identify his best friend Crane. It is in this moment that I knew this was going to be the darkest and most uncertain book in the series. I couldn't stop reading, but I was terrified of what was to happen next. Was Mary really going to break my heart after I had fallen in love with the characters and had come to love them? The answer, yes and no.
While there were no shattering losses (Crane was alive) there were also life changing trauma's that would never be overcome (What happens to him and others). I feel MC's writing shows more courage and depth of emotion than in the previous books. She is not afraid to challenge what we expect (or may wish for) but still manages to keep us with her until the very end. I have to say that there were certain things I absolutely did not see coming (Yuri,Domin,Semel-Atan?) and that was a pleasant surprise. So often, I can see what's going to happen from a mile away and I'm just reading to see when it will be revealed. Mary really threw me for a loop on this one.
Jin seems to have really matured and grown by his love for Logan. The absolute trust between the two is breathtaking. He shows in the beginning that he can still be foolish and stubborn, but he was also able to recognize this and did not run from his mate of responsibilities as he has so often done in the past. He certainly was no pushover and retained his strong spirit but tempered it with his growing awareness of his sense of duty and devotion to his people and his mate.
The ending was bittersweet for me. Jin had to let go of so many loved ones' in order to secure their happiness (which he did lovingly) but you can feel how hard this was for him. For a person to have gone so long without security, love or belonging I felt a stake through my heart at Jin's pain. At the same time it was clear that Jin and Logan were on their way to starting the next chapter of their live's that could only lead to more love and happiness than ever before. A beautiful way to end a beautiful love story and to set up the transition for the next installment of the tale....(Ah, Domin!!!!)
One thing I want to add about MC's male leads (Jin, Jory- A Matter of Time, Stef-Timing) is that they all share an ineffable kindness about them. That's what makes MC's books such a joy for me. They are never willing to hurt others out of self-interest, malice or spite. Even to their own detriment. Always willing to forgive and love despite their pasts without a trace of self-pity. This for me the secret of why they are so loved. Genuine caring is a rare thing in the world. All three men have this quality in spades. No matter their gorgeous appearances they approach others without a trace of ego, willing to love when they are not, forgive when they are harmed and still continue to keep a sense of laughter, wonder and hope for a better tomorrow. That's why they are and will always be the best of the best heroes of the m/m genre (IMHO!).