So good! This is considered book #7 of the King series, but can be read as a standalone. It has many of the great main characters from the King series, but not the significant others for the most part. Love these “hate turns to love” stories. Loved how Frankie and Smoke both started out lost (figuratively) and alone, and throughout the story grow into one another. I was a little surprised at the willingness of both Zelda and Nine to help Frankie before the truth came out (while she is still captive). Looking forward to Rage and Nine’s stories!
A fitting end to a great series. I loved these characters, and am so glad they all found their way and found their happiness. I’m super glad Dre got pregnant again, because if she genuinely couldn’t it would have been too sad. Preppy was such a strong character. I couldn’t believe it when he “died” in the first book. Could NOT believe it. He was too great a character to be snuffed out. I actually put off reading his books because I couldn’t see how they would be HEA since he had died. Alone. I figured they either had to precede book 1, or he would be a ghost, or something other than him being alive and getting his HEA. I finally looked further into it, and my jaw dropped when I realized Preppy was alive, and that his books will tell his story and give him his HEA. So, thank you for that! For giving Preppy his own books. Because he deserved them. He deserved to live. He deserved his HEA. I still need to read All the Rage and Smoke, and am looking forward to doing so. I’m not even sad that there aren’t more Preppy books. I think his story got wrapped up perfectly.
So. Good. I love this series. I love that Preppy is finally coming around to a happy ending. Because, ya’ll… I was mad when he died in the first book. Real mad, actually. The author did a great job capturing the torment he was experiencing in his own head, and with his own emotions. I thought the cutoff point between this book and the next was great as well. Preppy book #1: lays the foundation of he and Dre’s relationship, and lightly scratches the surface of what he experienced during his time “away.” Preppy book #2: he is clawing his way back mentally and emotionally, and honestly is messing it up a bit. Toward the end it seems the HEA is in sight. But then… Preppy book #3: haven’t gotten that far yet, but seems it will be about him fighting for what is his. Aaagh. Great series. I anticipate reading this one again and again.
What did I just… how… what???! Pretty much my mindset through this book. I was ecstatic that Preppy was alive, then horrified that he is even more messed up than I thought (you can’t go around licking people who are passed out, Preppy- it’s not ok), then mad that he pushed Dre away, then shocked when he was alive AGAIN, and now just falling over myself to get into the next book. So, good day! I have reading to do.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a ride! I thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of the broken road that brought Giannna and Mateo together. After reading the first book of this series I was most looking forward to this one (#3). I nearly skipped #2 in my impatience, but I’m glad I didn’t. The author does a good job capturing Gianna’s state of mind as it changes throughout the story. It did bum me out that everyone believed that she had “lost her virtue” during her escape, and that she suffered so much for that mistaken belief. I was glad that it at least came out within her immediate circle (Matteo, Aria, and Luca). Toward the end I was getting impatient waiting for Gianna to finally admit her feelings for Matteo and stop torturing herself, which made it a great story for me. I got invested in it. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
My heart ached for Valentina. She thinks this is her second chance at a real marriage, but Dante is cold and distant. She tries so hard to get his attention, to get him to notice her, to get him to LOOK at her. The author does great job capturing Valentina’s despair at his indifference. I was so anxious for him to come around and give her what she needed. Can’t wait to dive in to book #3!
Loved it. I loved how the author took her time letting Aria and Luca get to know each other… no insta-love (although sometimes that works), and no “I hate you now, but in six minutes we’ll hop into bed and then I’ll love you.”
I kept looking at where I was at in the book, amazed that they hadn’t slept together yet. And loving that for how different it is in this genre. I also loved how Luca treated Aria with respect on their wedding night. It was a good introduction to the Luca behind closed doors, and how different he can be from the public Luca. I’m really looking forward to the other books in this series, especially Matteo and Gianna’s story!
**Spoiler Alert** I’m a Natasha Knight fan. Her books push the envelope on my comfort zone in an exhilarating way. Giovanni was sexy and strong, although admittedly I thought he and Em fell into bed a little fast. Not because I’m a prude, but because he effectively broke in, kidnapped her to dinner the next day, and broke in again after dinner. On the second break-in (while she is sleeping) he pulls the blanket off of her, and goes down. It gave me a little whiplash. I would have loved a little more tension buildup before they got to that point. It felt rushed. That said, I loved that Em keeps escaping, but he always finds her. I love her industriousness, and his maddening (to Em) omniscience. I squirmed when he made her go to the club in the open-back dress, and I was glad to see he recognized it as being a mistake when he saw in her face what it did to her. It redeemed him for that harsh act. I find that this author sends her dark heroes careening off the side of a cliff of seemingly irredeemable cruelty, and then somehow finds a way to snatch them back into our good graces. It makes it exciting. I loved the Benedetti collection, although Sergio was almost too much for my fragile HEA-loving heart. The injustice of it got a few tears out of me, I’ll be honest. I recommend the whole series if you haven’t read it yet! I will definitely be continuing to read Natasha Knight.
**Spoiler Alert** There were a few smallish sections that seemed slow for me, but mostly this book hummed along. I was a bit distracted by the name Twitch because it seems a bit silly and nonsensical to me, but to each their own. I have read books with stranger nicknames than that. Anyway, I HATED it that Michael died. Couldn’t you have mercy on us, and just have him get seriously injured? A coma, perhaps? That gutted me. Such a sad tragedy. And then to seemingly kill off Twitch as well… poor Lexi. Jesus. What a horrific period of time that was for her. I am so very glad that it turns out Twitch is still alive. I was gonna be a little mad about it if he was really dead, I’ll be honest. I already bought the third book (reading out of order- so sue me) to find out the rest of Twitch and Lexi’s story. Overall it wasn’t a five-star for me, but still a solid read.
I love Meghan March, but this was my least favorite of her novels. I had put it off as the description didn’t really grab me- it sounded like a story about a married couple emotionally trying to find their way back to one another during a trip away. While that is part of it, that isn’t ALL of it. That is arguably the side story, but is presented as the entire story. I WILL say the book is better than the description led me to believe, but still… my least favorite. It came across as very different from her other books (with which I am inarguably obsessed), and that bummed me out. I ran through her entire catalogue with the exception of this last book, and am left chomping at the bit for more. I’m about to re-read the Beneath series to scratch my Meghan March itch while I wait for her next release (can’t wait!). It was still worth a read, but I don’t recommend that this be your first Meghan March novel. If you’re new to this author I suggest you check out the Mount Trilogy, the Beneath Series, or the Dirty Billionaire series. Those books are on FIRE.