Reviewed by Kini
“Why me?” he says, as I bite on his shoulder so I don’t scream. “Because you’re the best person I know.” And then I’m dissolving into particles, and he’s muffling his own cries.
This is the third book in a series and I strongly recommend that you read the previous two, especially book one. The hero from this book, Ryan, was featured in the first book and did not end up with the girl. I think reading that book gives you a better understanding of the story, Ryan’s struggles, and root for him and his HEA even more. It’s also hard to talk about this book without making reference to the first book.
As I mentioned, Ryan lost the girl in book one. But he comes back and is mostly over that ordeal. He knows he wasn’t the right man for the previous women. When he returns from a year teaching in Japan he is still working to be independent from his brother, Jude. Jude raised Ryan and is having a hard time letting go. Even though Ryan wants his independence, he also longs for the love that only a family can bring. Like many of us, he is full of contradictions.
Eva, the heroine, is slightly older than Ryan. She has a son, Diego who is 6. Eva struggles with how to be a mom, an ex-wife, and girlfriend/lover to Ryan. She’s a little prickly, but once she decides to give herself a chance with Ryan, she opens up quickly. Eva is too involved in her ex-husband’s life and I found it frustrating.
I loved the author’s prose. Her word choices and descriptions really kept me in the story, even when I felt it was missing something. Here are some quotes that really hit me.
I feel like that too, sometimes, but on the inside. Like I’ve stitched the pieces of my heart and soul back together. They might be a mess, but they’re functioning, and I’d like to use them to their fullest.
“I hate to ask, but can you help me move the couch?” The couch? As my heart lies on the ground bleeding, she wants me to move furniture?
I was slightly underwhelmed by the story overall, I felt like it was missing some of the foundation between Eva and Ryan. There isn’t a specific thing that I felt didn’t fit in the story, I just wanted more of their story especially the courting/wooing stage. I also know that I really, really loved book one, like 5 star love, and was really looking forward to Ryan’s story and I may have set my expectations exceptionally high. The author writes such emotional story lines without being over the top angsty and I love it. Ryan is one of the best men ever. He is kind and loving and lovable. He loves his brother so fiercely. Ryan and Jude display a level of love and respect for each other and the people they love that made me all warm and fuzzy. The biggest negative is that the sexy times are very short and/or off page and were more about the tension & build-up than actual sex.
I really enjoyed this book. And it had a top notch epilogue that helped close the series. I recommend this book, but strongly encourage you to read book one first.