I have a love/hate relationship with romance series’. The first one gets you hooked. It’s the honeymoon phase of the series. Things are hot and spicy and the anticipation of what you pray is coming almost hurts. If it’s a good book you are left feeling exhausted and satisfied and you are looking forward to them eating a sandwich and hydrating so they can do it all over again….I mean, you are looking forward to the next book being released.
Then book two comes out. You are already familiar with the characters and you are excited to see them all again because you have missed them so much. This is the courting phase. You want to catch up, immerse yourself in their lives and keep the fire stoked. Typically things are going where you want them to. However, you can’t have a good book without some conflict. There are a few tiffs, maybe a book or two thrown across the room. I know I have shed some tears. Then the book wraps up and things have gone one of two ways, you are left devastated because they were not able to wrap things up and walk hand in hand into the sunset or you get your fairy tale ending.
Cue book number three. You are weary. It’s been a long road. You both have seen and said some shit. You might be sick of hearing what they have to say at this point or you may want to give them one last chance to get their shit together.
The beginning was exactly what I was hoping for. We met the big bad and finally figured out why the stakes had been so high throughout the previous books. Then it was just endless chapters of the same schtick. This feels like a long walk for a short drink of water. It was a slog.
There was also a lot of information that I am hoping will come in handy however it had no payoff in the book. And the spice was a mild buffalo sauce at best.
I also thought that this series was a trilogy. I was a little disappointed when things weren’t wrapped up in a nice little package by the end. Don’t get me wrong, I will happily pick up the next book with enthusiasm because I love the concept, the characters and I am desperate to see where this goes. But this book was a big ol’ meh for me.
⅘ stars because I am a loyal fan
⅖ on the spicy scale
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