Review: Elude (Eagle Elite #6) by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: Elude
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #6
Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
This book is the sixth book in the internationally bestselling Eagle Elite Series. It’s an interconnected stand alone novel with no cliffhanger.

Twenty-Four hours before we were to be married–I offered to shoot her.
Ten hours before our wedding–I made a mockery of her dying wish.
Five hours before we were going to say our vows–I promised I’d never love her.
One hour before I said I do–I vowed I’d never shed a tear over her death.
But the minute we were pronounced man and wife–I knew.

I’d only use my gun to protect her.
I’d give my life for hers.
I’d cry.
And I would, most definitely, lose myself, to a dying girl—a girl who by all accounts should have never been mine in the first place.

I always believed the mafia would be my end game–poisoning my heart, while it claimed my soul. I could have never imagined. It would be my redemption.

Or the beginning of something beautiful.

The beginning of her.

The end of us.

My Review:
Oh my God. I am in pieces after reading that. Heart shattered. Seriously good. Complex and emotional. Really had me torn at times because I deplore the violence and the lifestyle but it was hard not to fall for Serg and not to root for him and Andi. And even though it’s obvious that it is leading to a certain point it still knocked the air out of my lungs. I was sobbing on my bed for at least ten minutes. Gotta love when an author can make you feel that deeply.

It’s worth pointing out that I haven’t read the other books in this series and this can be read as a standalone even if there were a few parts that confused me. Am dying to read the earlier books now though as all the characters are great.

Another amazing read from RVD – this is definitely a series worth checking out.

I picked up a copy of this book free on Amazon recently.

Review: It’s a Fugly Life (Fugly #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: It’s a Fugly Life
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Fugly #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new standalone Contemporary Romance.

HE’S PERFECT FOR HER IN EVERY WAY, EXCEPT FOR ONE SMALL ISSUE. HE’S TOO LATE.

My name is Lily Snow. And I was once the kind of ugly that turned heads and made people stare. The worst part was how I let it ruin my life and destroy my relationship with the love of my life: Maxwell Cole, one of the sexiest, wealthiest, enigmatic men on the planet. All because I felt ugly and certainly not good enough for a man’s love.
But not anymore.

One car wreck, three reconstructive surgeries, and some unexpected money have changed my life.

I’ve started my own company, I’ve finally learned to like myself—not love, but like (hey, it’s a journey)—and I’ve met a wonderful new man who’s helped me put Max in the past where he belongs.

There’s only one problem: after six long months, Maxwell Cole is back, asking for the one thing I can’t give him. And he’s not taking no for an answer.

My Review:
It’s a Fugly Life picks up six months after Lily and Max’s breakup and we find our heroine in quite a different place.

Lily has tried to move on – she has a new man in her life and a new business venture and she’s convinced herself she is happy. But she isn’t. Really, she’s settling and trying so hard to fit into her new skin and she’s a lost little puppy. The Lily we meet here is but a shell of her former self, and at times it was hard to watch as she hit that self-destruct button over and over again.

More than anything, this book is about self-acceptance and discovering who you are and what you aspire to achieve in life.

Lily thinks she has it all figured out but she’s cowering behind an imaginary wall and failing to face reality. Until Max makes a reappearance and she is forced to confront her demons head-on. Max is Lily’s past and her Italian-stallion actor lover is her future. Or so she tries to tell herself over and over again. It was downright painful to watch Lily push Max away but it was all part of her learning curve. I felt her uncertainty and her self-doubt and I hated how this strong, intelligent woman made stupid mistake after stupid mistake.

The pivotal scene toward the end was fantastic because it showed how far Lily had traveled – how she had won the battle with her crippling self-doubt to emerge as someone who knew she was worthy of love and devotion.

Patricio is an ass. There, I’ve said it. How on earth Lily could’ve fallen for him is beyond me. I saw nothing of the man she described at the outset, and I was scratching my head wondering how a woman like Lily could be so blinkered.

Max was AMAZING in this book. Yes, he’s still a jerk and all his hot-headed fights with Patricio were totally immature, but he never stopped loving Lily and he was always there for her. When I found out everything he had done for her, I swooned big style.

The writing was great again, and even though it wasn’t quite as funny as the first book it still had plenty of humorous moments.

In summary, this was another great read from Mimi Jean and I’d highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy well-written, emotionally complex romance with heart.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my own.

Review: Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Oblivion
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Sci-fi Romance/ Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
In this special eBook version, experience OBSIDIAN, ONYX, and OPAL as told by Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

My Review:
Complete perfection. Totally loved every minute of it. Lots of new scenes to keep it fresh. Didn’t think I could love Daemon Black any more but I was wrong. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of rereading this series. Ten million stars. Thanks Jennifer, you’re the bomb. Hands down my favorite author.

Review: To Seduce a SEAL (Sin City SEALs #3) by Sara Jane Stone

Title: To Seduce a SEAL
Author: Sara Jane Stone
Series: Sin City SEALs #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
U.S. Navy SEAL Dante Raske is all about guarding his heart and serving his country, but now that he’s busted his knee on a mission, he needs something to keep his mind busy. Playing bodyguard for a sexy little country starlet until he’s cleared for duty? Just what the doctor ordered.

Chrissie Tate refuses to be a one-hit wonder. If she’s going to take care of her family, she can’t let herself get distracted—especially not by the hot as hell Navy SEAL hired to be her bodyguard. But when a crazed fan attacks, she changes her tune. She’ll keep Dante around…if he agrees to teach her self-defense.

Except their close-contact lessons quickly become steamy bedroom sessions. And it’s up to this Navy SEAL to save Chrissie’s career—and his heart—before their explosive passion consumes them both…

My Review:
A sweet and sexy modern-day version of The Bodyguard.

I love these Brazen novels – you can always rely on a well-written, fast-paced fun read, and this book was no exception.

Dante is a swoon-worthy leading man. He is a tough, alpha-protector type with muscles upon muscles and a soft, gooey center. My best kind of fictional book boyfriend.

Chrissie is a good girl who has just hit the big time in her country music career. The timing is a little skewed, happening at a time when her family are falling apart after the death of her older brother (while serving abroad.) He used to look out for the family and now that responsibility has fallen on her slim shoulders. Between work, touring, and familial burden, she has no time for herself. Until Dante appears on the scene and they start falling for one another.

I loved the development of their relationship and it was hot and steamy, and involved impromptu disguises and role-play.

Character development was decent and there was strong emotional depth to the plot. Sometimes, I find those qualities lacking in books of a similar length, but I was delighted to find that wasn’t the case here.

Life seems to be dragging Chrissie and Dante in opposite directions, thanks to their steadfast commitment to their careers, however, the underlying message is that you have to fight for love, and be prepared to make sacrifices, no matter what obstacles block the path.

I love books with a HEA and this one delivered in that regard.

Overall, this was a great read, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It’s also worth pointing out that I haven’t read the first two books in this series (though I would like to as the characters seem intriguing) but you don’t need to in order to enjoy this story – it is an effective standalone.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas

Title: Just a Girl
Author: Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
In this pitch-perfect novel from the author of When Joss Met Matt (“One of those books that make you forget everything around you.”—Sophie Jordan), a rock ’n’ roll diva must choose between her career and her heart.

After getting kicked out of her own band—by her own boyfriend—Presley Mason finds herself back in Wisconsin, helping her parents run their renowned music store. Instead of belting out powerhouse vocals to sold-out crowds in L.A., she’s stocking shelves and inspecting rental violins. But the shop isn’t all bad: When she’s vacuuming up late one night, she bumps into the guitar teacher with the smoldering amber eyes and the killer tattoo. And that’s when things take an interesting turn.

Presley soon finds that Paul Kellerman is as good in bed as he is on guitar. So why isn’t he stoked to share his band, Jukebox Bleu, with her? Turns out Paul has crippling stage fright, which he’s been self-medicating without much success. But when Jukebox Bleu’s lead singer gets called for military service, the other members beg Presley to front them. Even though she swore never to mix men with music again, the temptation to perform is almost as intense as her chemistry with Paul. Now Presley must decide what’s more important: a second chance at love . . . or rock stardom.

My Review:
I adore books set within the music industry, and I read another one of Ellie’s books recently (Call Me Maybe) which I enjoyed, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest release.

Just a Girl is a mostly-sweet read about finding your true path in life and marrying personal and professional commitments. We meet Presley as she’s being dumped by Luminous 6, the band she co-founded with her boyfriend Brendan. Presley’s star shines bright and they are clearly jealous. She’s distraught and at a loss what to do with herself so she says goodbye to LA and heads home to live with Mom and Dad again.

Presley’s parents are famous musicians in their own right and they run an iconic music emporium in town. After a period of moping, she is cajoled into returning to the store and there she bumps into Paul. Paul is one of the guitar teachers and they are instantly attracted to one another.

I adored the romance between our couple and though it moved quite quickly it was realistic. Paul is a refreshingly different male lead, and I enjoyed how he was written. Paul suffers from crippling performance anxiety, and I really felt for him. He has tried various methods to overcome it but it still devastates him. This is a sensitive subject, and to give this trait to the leading male could have been risky. But Ellie carries it off with aplomb. I never felt that Paul was weak or anything less than strong and swoon-worthy, and if anything it endeared me to him more.

Presley is a great character. She has her flaws but she is also a fun, kooky sort and she was the perfect complement to Paul.

I loved the way this book was written with playlists and twitter threads. It really fit the world and the style of writing and it added an extra special dimension. All the secondary characters were great too and the plot moved along at a great pace.

At times, it lacked a little emotional depth, and I hated the decision Presley made toward the end. I also felt the last few chapters were rushed and a little abrupt.

But overall this was a great read. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Last Kiss (First and Last #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Last Kiss
Author: Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS…

Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

My Review:
A Dark, Dangerous, Seductive Tale of Love, Lust, Betrayal, Manipulation, and Obsessive Control. Not for the faint-hearted!

Laurelin Paige is one of my favorite authors and I have yet to find a book she has written that I don’t obsessively love. I adored First Touch, the first book in this series, and I thought I’d die after that cliffhanger ending – it was seriously good. I was delighted, therefore, to receive a copy of this book to review and even though I have a list of other ARCs and review books to read, I couldn’t resist getting stuck straight in.

However, I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. From a literary perspective, it is an absolute triumph, a masterful, skillfully-woven piece of fiction that has been expertly crafted to the very minutest detail. Seriously well done, Ms. Paige. I think this may be your best yet – and I don’t say that lightly because I have adored every book in your Fixed and Found series.

But I have to admit to absolutely hating reading this at times. This is going to sound contradictory because I did love it too, but it’s because the characters are so real that I really grew to hate and love them in equal measures. Not only has the author buried her way into these characters heads, she has consumed them completely, body, heart, mind and soul. So much so that they felt abnormally real to me. Reeve, Amber, and Emily are some of the most complex characters I have ever read about. I am in awe of Laurelin’s ability to bring these flawed characters to life with so much depth and substance. I can only imagine how stressful it must have been to write this at times, but let me say that the execution was absolutely flawless.

God, this is probably going to come across like a whacko review but my mind is blown apart after reading Last Kiss.

The sex scenes are depraved but hot and the chemistry between Emily and Reeve is explosive. Have a fan by your bed girls!

The plot is decent and moves along at a steady pace. The writing flows beautifully. But it is the characterization that makes this book stand out from the crowd.

There were times when I had to put my Kindle down as I was in so much inner turmoil. Seriously, my insides were twisted into knots reading this, and my anxiety levels were off the charts. I screamed at Emily to stop being such a bloody doormat. I screamed at Reeve to stop playing so many games. I hated Amber with an intensity that is most unlike me. The only sense of relief I felt was at the very end (no spoilers here – read it and you’ll see what I mean.) Does it make me sick and depraved that I actually cheered at that part?!

This book touches on deep-seated issues like child abuse, dysfunctional relationships, sexual abuse and depravity, and emotional and physical torture. It was tough going at times, but ultimately the message is positive in the end.

I’m still reeling and I know this book is going to stay with me for a long time to come. That Ms. Paige can get into MY head in such a manner demonstrates how amazingly talented she is. I cannot wait to read what she releases next.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. If this review is all over the place you can blame the author for doing such a stellar job of messing with my head. Lol.

Highly recommended to fans of well-written erotic romantic suspense.

Review: Jackson’s Trust (Fourth Down #1) by Violet Duke

Title: Jackson’s Trust
Author: Violet Duke
Series: Fourth Down #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

My Review:
Jackson’s Trust was my first book by Violet Duke though I doubt it will be the last. It was in equal parts funny and sad, heart warming and heart wrenching, swoon worthy and angsty. The chemistry between Leila and Jackson was off the charts, and I really felt their connection. I loved the immediate connection that progressed into a genuine mutually supportive friendship that then developed into a steamy sexual relationship.

The writing was fantastic and characterisation was superb. I loved both mains, and they were well developed, and there was an interesting mix of side characters. Jackson’s friends were a riot and I expect future books to focus on their stories – I, for one, am definitely interested in learning more about them.

The plot was a little predictable at times but there were enough unexpected twists and turns to balance it out. I thought the pacing was a little off in the first half of the book and I did find myself skimming a few parts, but the second half of the book more than made up for it.

Overall, this was a great, fun, quick read. Highly recommended.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas

Title: Call Me, Maybe
Author: Ellie Cahill and Liz Czukas
Series: standalone
Rating: 3.75 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go that easy. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

My Review:
This was a great, lighthearted read and just what I needed after a few ‘heavy’ reads.

Clementine is floundering under the weight of expectation from her uber-rich grandparents. Having recently graduated, she is under pressure to start a career, like her determined, successful siblings. Her grandparents are keen to find a suitable home for her in one of their many businesses. Thing is, Clementine’s only real passion is books and blogging, yet she’s kept that a secret from her family for years.

Due to a mix-up at the airport, she ends up with journalist Justin’s phone and they quickly begin a flirtation that grows into something more serious. I loved the romance in this story and the way it started over the phone. I thought that was original and refreshing. I couldn’t wait for them to meet up! When they did they fall pretty quickly for one another.

Clementine makes some stupid mistakes, concealing important things from Justin, and you know which way it’s going to go. For me, the second half of the book was less enjoyable and way too predictable. The conflict surrounding Marie was there purely as a plot device and it was weak and not believable. The conflict over her identity, I bought into, as that was credible.

Clementine is a little weak at times and I wish she had more backbone, especially when Justin was so honest with her. Justin was a great leading man, and definitely swoon-worthy.

The ending was very abrupt and I don’t feel like I have closure.

This book is well-written, and I liked the author’s writing style. The pacing is consistent, in the main. I enjoyed it a lot despite the above issues. If you enjoy lighthearted contemporary romance then you will love this book.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

Review: It Started With A Snub by B.R. Maycock

Title: It Started With A Snub
Author: B.R. Maycock
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Chick lit/ Romantic Comedy
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Blurb:
Heather Green is a fun loving, happy go lucky, twenty-six year old who has remained upright and beaming despite a few wobbles in life. She wears her heart on her sleeve and pins on her thoughts for good measure.

We meet Heather as she moves out of her family home to share with four guys, much to the dismay of her long suffering (by his own admission!) boyfriend Graham. We follow her housemates and watch their sometimes funny, sometimes-fraught relationships as they go about their daily lives.

Join Heather as she navigates the simple things in life, her inability to remember the code for the house alarm, odd driving habits, general musings on chick flicks, casualties in cooking, as well as her attempts to talk down the “mad farmer with the gun.” Experience comedy and drama as we get to know her family and housemates, and, as an unexpected event finally takes her down, learn what happens when the last people you expected to turn to are actually the ones you need the most.

My Review:
I’m not a big fan of chick-lit so I wasn’t sure whether this would be my type of read. Thankfully, it was. It was a fun, easy read, and one I really enjoyed. I was deliberately looking to read some lighthearted books after a few emotionally-heavy reads, and this book hit the spot perfectly.

Heather is a likeable MC, despite obvious flaws, and she had me in fits of laughter at the twists and turns in her life. Heather lives in a house with a bunch of blokes so who wouldn’t enjoy a setting like that! Graham is a total douche canoe but I understood him better as the story went on. Both of them are on a journey to self-discovery, and where it could have been very predictable, it took a turn I wasn’t expecting. Kudos to the author for that.

I loved the drama and the angst and the family connection. I always love stories that have a strong family and friends theme and this book delivered in that regard.

I also like the Irish setting, phrases, mannerisms etc. I don’t read many books set in Ireland so this was a nice change.

For me, the thing that stood out the most with this book was the great cast of characters and how well developed they were. It was also very humorous and littered with witty dialogue.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy light-hearted rom-com/chick lit.

Review: Witch’s Pyre (Worldwalker #3) by Josephine Angelini

Title: Witch’s Pyre
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Fantasy
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Blurb:
Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian’s side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini takes us on another emotionally wrenching thrill ride in the stunning conclusion to her Worldwalker Trilogy.

My Review:
The third and final installment in the Worldwalker trilogy ends with an explosive bang, and I’m left feeling bereft and in dire need of another Lily and Rowan fix. What a truly amazing, imaginative series. If you are a fan of Josephine’s Starcrossed series and you haven’t picked this one up yet, you need to right now! In my opinion, this series is more original and better written than Starcrossed (and I loved that series, too. Lucas. Yum.)

I’ve been blown away by the world building and creativity of this series. It has been carefully plotted and expertly executed, and although the plot is complex, it has been skillfully built and interwoven alongside the romance, so it never felt difficult to grasp. The alternate realms and the witches jumping between dimensions are well described and I was never confused over anything that happened.

Characterization is strong and Lily, in particular, is a fantastic character. She has grown so much from the first book while remaining true to herself. She is a true role model, and someone young girls can look up to. And she does all this without being a badass ninja. She uses her intellect to strategize and compassion underlines every decision she makes.

I was devastated at the turn of events at the end of the last book and was secretly hoping that all wasn’t as it appeared to be. It wasn’t, just not in the way I imagined. Lily is hurting, and when Rowan makes a reappearance she wants nothing to do with him, which was completely understandable. But I didn’t understand how they never spoke about what happened. How she never questioned him over his apparent betrayal until the very end. Lily has never struck me as the type to bury her head in the sand, but she did here. To be fair, they were fighting to save the world, so I let it pass.

It’s obvious that Rowan still really loves her and he never stops protecting her so it was hard to stay mad at him. I’ve been crazy about Rowan since book one and that didn’t waver here. He is definitely being added to my book boyfriend list.

The reason this is a 4-star review and not a 5-star one is mainly because the romance was virtually non-existent, and anyone that has read my own books or reads my reviews will know that I need my injection of romance to really connect with a book. I understand and accept that it wouldn’t have made sense for them to reconcile in the first part of the book because there were justifiable reasons why they were apart, but they only got back together at the 94% mark, and then we saw nothing of them together as a couple and that really teed me off. I hate when authors wait until the very end to resolve a love conflict and then finish the book without giving any real sense of relationship closure.

That brings me nicely to the other reason I didn’t rate this 5-star. The ending is explosive and it’s been building up to this epic battle the entire book, and those scenes were amazing. Then it ends and we have the weirdest epilogue ever. Going back to Reba and Miller? What the heck? What happened to the thirteen cities, the Outlanders, the Woven, how did Lily and Rowan get their relationship back on track? What does the new world look like? I feel like it was missing a chapter or two at the end which is needed to bring proper closure. I’m left feeling like things are still hanging (even though the main conflict has been resolved.)

But overall, this was a great finish to an incredible series. It’s definitely going to be one of those series that I re-read, and one I will recommend to my own readers.