I've been waiting for this book for a long time. This is one of my favorites series, so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, this was a bumpy ridI've been waiting for this book for a long time. This is one of my favorites series, so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, this was a bumpy ride. It started off with a bang! The first 40% was CP at its finest. Then it took one hell of a drop with only a few rises in between. I think I'm being harder on this book because of my high hopes and how amazing the first two books were, especially the second.
To me, this book felt very different from the first two. At certain points in the book I felt a detachment, both with the characters and with the writing and this is something I hadn't experienced in the previous books. I missed the action and twist and turns. Plus, the author was repetitive in her character and scenery descriptions.
There was a lack of tension. I needed more of the subtleties, intrigue and raw suspense, not the forced drama and angst that this book had. There were times when I thought we were going to get a plot twist or two and my anticipation grew, but then I would be disappointed by the simplistic resolution. This ended up taking on a typical romance formula and it became predictable. (view spoiler)[ I hated the baby arc and the convenient way Jokaste was cleared. (hide spoiler)] Laurent was OOC and Damien was just dense, plus I wanted more from the secondary characters. I missed the cunning, take no prisoners Laurent. Damen has always been righteous and honorable, but I expected more from him. He is the true King. He took control in the beginning, but he didn't step up when he was needed the most.
I will be the first to say that I wanted the romance to develop between D&L, but NOT at the expense of the plot. This is what happened here.
So, there were some parts that I loved and some parts that that didn't work at all, but I will always love L&D (just more in books 1 & 2)! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not as good as the first one, but still enjoyable. I loved everything Bill, however the other characters and the plot didn't grab me as much. Even thoNot as good as the first one, but still enjoyable. I loved everything Bill, however the other characters and the plot didn't grab me as much. Even though the movie talk got boring at times, Riley still managed to make the mystery fun....more
This was my favorite book of the series. It had everything I love - action, suspense, major character growth and yes, lovin! I was on the edg 4.5 Stars
This was my favorite book of the series. It had everything I love - action, suspense, major character growth and yes, lovin! I was on the edge of my seat for the entire book.
All the characters have strong and distinctive personalities, and I love them all. Although this series is about Neil's journey, it was Andrew who captivated me from the beginning. Every gesture of trust and feeling Andrew expressed tore right through me. Both Neil and Kevin made personal strides as well, but it's Andrew I needed to come through this the most. The author made the progress of these characters believable. There was no magic love cure for these characters. They basically still have all the same issues, except now they have some hope.
Here's my only niggle. I felt like some of the plot issues were resolved too easily. For the most part, everything was tied with a nice neat bow. I would have liked a loose end or two. I know, I know, I'm crazy to complain about something like this, but to me leaving a little bit of uncertainty creates more mystery and keeps the characters alive.
I love the feeling of camaraderie Exy brought out in these highly dysfunctional and unstable guys. It was an exciting ride! ...more
First off, I want to say how much I loved Cooper’s voice. He was relatable and simply adorable, especially young Cooper. I thought the writing was wonFirst off, I want to say how much I loved Cooper’s voice. He was relatable and simply adorable, especially young Cooper. I thought the writing was wonderful and absolutely loved the idea that something as simple as a rock could help Cooper, not only deal with his life, but also store each and every one of his memories. His needs, wants, desires, and fears are all laid bare in his rocks. It was a wonderful way to follow him on his journey.
Cooper doesn't have an easy life and when he meets Jace, it’s been turned upside down. They slowly develop a beautiful friendship that begins to turn into more. Not only did the story feel authentic (most of the time), but so did the all the characters. I loved every single one of them!
I truly believed in their story. However, at the half way mark it took a bothersome turn. Many things can keep a couple apart and yes, there was drama in this book that threatened to keep Cooper and Jace apart. For the most part, it felt natural, all until this one incident. It’s one thing to be afraid of the truth, but it’s a whole other situation to ignore it and live your life in the dark. I understand they were young, and kids make mistakes and wrong decisions all the time. I get that, but this felt unnecessary and I felt it was only there to prolong the angst. I think the story would have been much stronger without it. For those of you that have read this, I’m referring to the (view spoiler)[ DNA results. GAH!!!!! How could they not open it! I don’t get it. (hide spoiler)]
This really was a sticking point for me and aggravated me. I couldn't fathom anyone ignoring this issue and living in anguish all those years. It doesn't make sense to me. So, because of this the last 50% of the book left a bad taste in my mouth.
I wish I could have ignored it, but unfortunately that’s all I kept thinking about and this is what brought the book down for me. Even so, I will always think warmly of Cooper and Jace. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more