I found myself in the crappy position of writing a not so good of a review on one of my newest favorite author’s latest release. That’s my intro before I rip into it.
#1 warning – you cannot read this book as a stand-alone, or, if you do, you do it at your own risk. There are quite a few references to the previous book in this series, but not in a way that ties into this story. They’re just there. I read the previous book so I knew what they were talking about, however, a new reader would not.
#2 warning – if you did read the previous book in the series, you know that there was a crazy ending to it related to Nico and Becca’s story, which is this one. And, you probably can’t wait to see what the hell happened there. Well, you won’t get to it for the first 60-some% of the book. And getting there was slow as hell. I mean, yeah, Nico and Becca had some wild $ex, and it was great, but between the almost 30% to get to it, then another 30+% of them doing it, until you finally got to where you wanted to be, I kept on pausing to check my FB feed because I was a little over it and couldn’t stay focused on them because I felt like it was going nowhere.
#3 warning – the execution of transitioning into the drama we were all waiting for was sloppy as hell. There was literally zero buildup to it, or I shouldn’t say zero, I’ll give it maybe a page or so. I mean, I knew it was coming because I was waiting to finally get to where the previous book had left us, but, for a new reader, I think it’d be confusing how all that went down. Life for these two characters literally changed from one page to the other with no warning. I got lots to say about it but can’t because I’d give spoilers away.
#4 warning – there’s a cameo of a character that I’m assuming had been the hero in a previous series that I have not read. The way he fit into the story made me feel like I was missing out on important information. Like I should’ve known who this guy was and what he was about already, and I should be excited that I get to hear from him. However, I have not read his book, so I had no clue what was going on with that, and why he was a big deal overall.
Bottom line, I loved the previous books in this series, the characters in this book were strong and so likable, but the delivery of their storyline threw me off. I consider Nico and Becca’s story a hiccup in my reading experience from this author. I just expected awesomeness because the book before this one was really a masterpiece and kept me on the edge of my seat. I’ll definitely be looking for the next book, and I’m also planning on getting the series that came before this one because I think they’ll be great.
Reviewed by Dana Hoffman