Yay. After reading book #3, I was worried about this one and that it might end in another cliffhanger (since this is the last book in the seMy Review:
Yay. After reading book #3, I was worried about this one and that it might end in another cliffhanger (since this is the last book in the series for a few months, that would be torture). But there was no cliffhanger. In fact, I was laughing out loud with the way that this one ended. So perfect!!
This book...LOVED IT! Dex and Sloane have been involved for a year and it's been a REALLY stressful year for them...both on the job and personally. This book picked up exactly where book #3 ended, with Sloane hurt, and Dex angry about it. That theme stays throughout the entire book and these two begin to lose a bit of themselves because of it. Neither one is acting exactly as we're used to them acting.
Dex is more than a little obsessive...his family has been targeted and he's not going to let that go. In fact, he's getting a bit scary in his need to take care of Hogan...to the point where he's not taking care of Sloane anymore. I loved Lou in all this as he knows Dex better than anyone after their four year relationship, so his insight was invaluable.
Sloane, though, is a little off too...and it's not just because of his injury. He's worried about Dex and that has his jaguar all riled up. I'm interested to see if there is more to this side of the story in the future. Ash and Sloane are both 1st Generation Therians and as such, are maybe a little more unpredictable. On the surface, Sloane's issue was worked out in this story, but I just don't feel like it was enough. I think more's going to happen on this side of the story in the future books.
This book was all things great for ALL the (somewhat incestuous) relationships within Destructive Delta. I love how they aren't supposed to fraternize, but every single one of them is...to some extent...involved with someone else on the team. But they all moved forward in this book and I loved that about it. But best of all was Sloane and Dex. I love where they ended up in this one...even with the threat at the end.
I loved this series and cannot wait for more....more
My Review: Overall.... 4.5 Performance... 4.5 Story.... 4.5 What can I say about this book that I haven't already said about the other two? It's actuallyMy Review: Overall.... 4.5 Performance... 4.5 Story.... 4.5 What can I say about this book that I haven't already said about the other two? It's actually pretty simple... This series just gets better and better, but you need to read/listen to all the books in order...and if you haven't done that yet, then YOU NEED TO!
But honestly, things between Dex and Sloane have been going on now for quite a few months and they are getting more settled overall in their relationship. I loved them in this book. They are so cute and fun and good together. And I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but wow, they are sexy too...sooo sexy, but that's been pretty consistent throughout the entire series.
But while things have been really good between the two of them, the team is having some real difficulties. Calvin and Hobbs are at odd. Cael and Ash are in a weird place because Ash, for the first time ever, is pretty much ignoring Cael and he doesn't know how to handle that. Although they've never been romantically involved, they have that style relationship...just without the sex and kissing. But now they don't even have that weird closeness that everyone has gotten used to and no one knows why.
And the entire team is having zero luck finding clues as to where the Coalition is going to strike next. The suspense and action was great, although I will admit that this side of the book seemed like a lot of setting up for Book #4. Oh, and note...you probably really want to have #4 ready to read as soon as this one is done, because there is a HUGE cliffhanger to it. Luckily, I had a copy, but I am sad that #4 isn't available yet in audiobook, because I've really loved listening to the series so far. This narrator is fabulous. But I'm not willing to wait for the next audiobook to come out. I'm ready to read #4...NOW! It just better not stop on a cliffhanger since #5 isn't out yet.
But overview...I love it and HIGHLY recommend it, but you need to read the whole series, not just this one. ...more
My Review: There's a lot to this story for a novella and I think it suffered a little bit for that because none of the various threads really got the cMy Review: There's a lot to this story for a novella and I think it suffered a little bit for that because none of the various threads really got the chance to get fully developed. BUT with that being said, I did enjoy reading this one and am really looking forward to the series.
There is a lot to this story... *Dane & Kenna's mutual bonding trauma from childhood *Dane's brother's horrific death which left him scarred. *BOTH their issues with their parents *Kenna's assault at 16 (and I'm sorry...I know that's not how she saw it, but that's totally what it was) *Dane's issues with children and commitment *Dane's over controlling mother *Kenna's college funding *issues with reputations and cheating
^^^Not all those issues were resolved and that's disappointing because the threads were there for some great depth. BUT I did enjoy what was in the story. I just wished she'd closed up some of the dangling threads.
The chemistry between Kenna and Dane worked for me, but to me, Norrie stole the show in this one. This precocious 6 year old that spoke every word she'd ever heard charmed me completely. But her appearance in this world broke my heart for Kenna...and I needed more from that...because there should have been justice for that abused 16 yo she'd been. And the town should be ashamed for judging her so harshly for it.
But like I said, it's a novella setting up a new series. It had some issues...the beginning 40% and last 10% read like a completely different book from the middle. But the middle was amazing and completely sold me on what's upcoming. I think we got to meet all three of the heroes for the upcoming books and they were intriguing in a totally bad-boy kind of way. I can't wait to see what Gena does with the rest of the series. I think the rest will be better because they will be full-length stories. ...more
My Review: I am really loving this series. In this book, Sloane and Dex are getting more involved, although Sloane doesn't really know what to do withMy Review: I am really loving this series. In this book, Sloane and Dex are getting more involved, although Sloane doesn't really know what to do with that. He's still hurting after Gabe's death and doesn't really want to put himself in the position of the possibility of that kind of hurt again.
On the one hand this book is beautiful, because the two are growing closer. But on the other hand, it's painful because as the reader you can see that if they continue on this trajectory they are both going to be desperately hurt. It's a great balance that the author has developed and it definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. I love both these guys and can see just how incredible they are going to be together once they finally commit to that, but they have so much baggage standing in the way...well, really Sloane does...and that's definitely overflowing onto Dex.
There are several scenes in this book pertaining to Gabe and my heart just absolutely broke for Dex. He's such a good, sweet guy, so he handles it all incredibly well, but that doesn't change the pain that he is feeling. For this angst-loving reader, I love that, but it's still painful.
I also really, really loved the side stories of the brothers...both Cael and then the issues going on with Calvin and Hobbes. These books have an incredibly rich and versatile cast of characters and I love them all with their idiosyncrasies...yes, even Ash.
Everything about these books are good. They are filled with emotion, a wonderfully rich cast of characters, a romance I can cheer and hope for, great suspenseful scenes, and an overall message that I love. I can't wait to see what's going to happen in book #3. ...more
My Review: In this book, there are two heroes who have been brought together by their volunteering at the local homeless shelter...so you already knowMy Review: In this book, there are two heroes who have been brought together by their volunteering at the local homeless shelter...so you already know both of them are going to be great guys. And they don't disappoint.
The entire book is told from Vic's point of view. Vic is a baker. He's big, Italian, gruff, and just lost 100 lbs after having a band surgery a year ago. He's lost too many people he loved too early in life and so he committed to becoming healthy. He didn't count on the scars and loose skin after losing so much weight and has been dealing with some self-confidence issues especially since his single hook-up after his surgery went totally wrong after he got naked.
On the flip side of that is Robin. He's a former patron of the homeless shelter who's now one of their success stories. He got off the street, got off the drugs, and stopped hooking. But he hasn't forgiven himself from the things he did for all those years. He also just got dumped by a guy who was a jerk, but he was a jerk who he'd thought he'd be with forever, so Robin is having a hard time dealing with that. He doesn't want anything resembling a relationship after that so Vic has to slowly convince him.
I really loved Vic's character. He's this huge teddy bear of a man, but he can be seriously intimidating when he wants to. He knows how to use his physique. But he's wanted Robin for years. Robin just hasn't been available, but now he is. I love the way the author showed the many little things that Vic did to make Robin's life better and easier. He truly is one of the good guys with unlimited patience for the guy who means everything to him. I especially liked the weight loss aspect of his story. He has a hard time seeing his appeal to another man after all he's been through....that felt so real.
Overall this was a good read. It was entertaining and I liked both characters although I really wanted Robin to appreciate Vic better. I loved the imagery of Vic's cake creations and there was some really romantic scenery in the book too. I liked that they met through the homeless shelter, too.
This is the second book in this series, but these are totally stand-alone books. They tie together simply by food related themes in the Portland area. You will have no problem reading this one without having read the first (although that one was good, too.) I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review....more