Quickie Review: This book falls into the realm of a story that had a lot of potential but somewhere along the way it fell a little short. I'm not evenQuickie Review: This book falls into the realm of a story that had a lot of potential but somewhere along the way it fell a little short. I'm not even really sure I can identify where...just that it did. I guess the best way to put it is that when I finished I didn't feel entirely satisfied even though there was an HEA. The premise is pretty basic...abused heroine on the run, scarred (literally) from her ex and then meets a man who "brings her back to life." It's a common storyline but there was enough in the details to make it a unique story. The characters were interesting though at times I thought Ivan's characterization was a bit off. The romance was satisfying enough but not spectacular in any way for me. I think I wanted/expected a more emotional element from the book. With such an angsty storyline I wanted it to make me feel more and it just didn't get there; I wasn't thoroughly engaged. Maybe that is what was lacking. And I would have liked a little epilogue at the end with a glimpse at Uma down the road when she is moving forward with her life and thriving. The end fell a little flat there for me. But it was in no way a bad book. I enjoyed it - enough...I just wanted a little more. I'll be reading the next book in the series, though. ...more
I was a bit conflicted in what to rate this book - 3 or 4 stars. In the end I went with 3.5, leaning toward 3 because there were a few areas that fellI was a bit conflicted in what to rate this book - 3 or 4 stars. In the end I went with 3.5, leaning toward 3 because there were a few areas that fell a little short for me.
This book features Joe Kelly. He's the only remaining single brother of the 6 Kelly siblings. He's got no plans to settle down. But then he meets Zoe. What he doesn't know is that Zoe is on the run with secrets and danger following her. He can't help but fall in love with her though. He just has to convince her she's worth it.
Series note: book #11 in the KGI series. Technically this book can stand on its on. There's no on-going plot arc but there's a lot of backstory with the various characters you'd be confused about if you haven't read the past books.
I've enjoyed the KGI series since it started. It's one of my must-buy series. And this book was in no way bad. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading but at the same time there were a few things that kept me from really loving it.
The tone of the books in this series have varied a bit. Some are full on romantic suspense with a lot of action. And some fall more into the contemporary romance side with a small bit of action. This book falls into the latter category. Usually that hasn't bothered me with this series but this time the romance focus didn't entirely click with me.
I think it's because once Joe gives in to realizing Zoe is "the one" things get a little mushy and wishy-washy, especially with his internal monologues. And I just wasn't really feeling that. It kept the book from having that bit of edge that the series as a whole has. Something about that overly mushy tone didn't click for me.
Also, the book is very low key. Very little action at all. And for the first chuck of the books and parts afterwards there's a lot of internal monologue going over the same thoughts/feelings and it got repetitive. I just wanted more to be happening.
My biggest issue with the book, though, and probably what kept it from being 4-stars was the action sequence and plot resolution at the end. The action happens and is over in the blink of an eye. Which okay not a huge deal but it left me with questions. Once the action was over I wasn't quite sure what happened to the main bad guy. Was he killed or did he escape? I honestly still don't know. And what about Zoe's dad? That was left hanging. I thought that story point was going somewhere and it wasn't dealt with at all. It irked me. I don't like to finish a book with questions left unanswered.
Now having said all that it probably seems I didn't like the book. But I did. I enjoy the Kelly family. They're a great bunch of characters. And the banter is great. I really enjoyed the camaraderie scenes. And even if I thought the romance got a little mushy I still liked Joe and Zoe together. They fit together.
I thought the new female character was interesting and I hope Banks gives her a book before the series ends. And as much as I hate that we have to wait until book 15 for Rusty's story and I hate that we're left hanging a bit there, the author is doing a good job on setting of Rusty and Sean's book. I'm just impatient and I want it now.
So yes, I did enjoy the book. There were just those couple points where things didn't quite hit the right note for me that kept me from really loving it. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, though.
Warning: contains moderately graphic, vanilla m/f sex, and some violence against a female character....more