Oh man, trying to decide how to review this book has actually left me bereft of words…
Oh wait, there you are Words!
Honestly, I find myself torn as there were parts of this book I truly adored…And parts I adored not so much.
In fact, I’m gonna just go out on a limb and say…actively disliked a smidgen.
Now before I get started, I must say this:
Jay Crownover’s writing has gotten wicked awesome over the course of this series.
In fact, many times after reading certain passages in this book I would legit hear myself say to myself, “Wow, Self, Jay Crownover’s writing has gotten wicked awesome.”
Also, Asa and Royal were fucking HOT together.
Their connection was heavily palpable from page one.
And their sexy time?
*Panty Change in Aisle One*
For serious though.
Now, being that I feel a bit of…ambivalence for this thing…I am just gonna straight list mah Nay Feels, so without further ado…
Enter Diplomatic Val.
Oh, you aren’t familiar with “Diplomatic Val?”
Just kidding, I have no fucking idea who that is either.
So here was this book in a nutshell:
After about the hundredth variation of, “You don’t understand what a bad man I am” though…
We got it.
Now enter everyone else around Asa, telling him:
And OVER Again.
Jesus Big C, already.
The horse is dead.
So stop beating it.
Now, don’t get it twisted, I love that Asa wasn’t just “miraculously redeemed” overnight, but I felt like this whole book was just the whole Cast of Characters going back and forth about this issue over and over and over again.
Speaking of the Cast of Characters…
…let’s talk about that for a hot second here.
I have said this in almost every review for this series I’ve done.
And I am abso-fucking-lutely going to say it again here:
Are there no NORMAL NAMED people living in all of Denver?
Don’t get me wrong, I dig all the cool names.
But seriously, you can’t tell me that there has never been at least ONE unoriginal child-naming parent in the world who has lived in or moved to Denver.
Or perhaps even just a strict anti-birth control Catholic couple who has a slew of Marys, Josephs, and Pauls.
But I digress.
Aside from the circular carousel that was the majority of this story line, the main conflict of the book?
– Oh wait –
Because you could see this “issue” coming at you just as cleary as Sarah Palin can apparently see Russia while standing in fucking Alaska.
And it ain’t even interesting – or even worth in my opinion – all the heartache it causes.
Again, don’t get me wrong, I understand the premise behind the type of issue Crownover created here.
She really wanted Asa to prove his selflessness and to shine, which I dig.
I just didn’t love the plot ploy that was utilized.
Or the ending.
But the epilogue was STUNNING.
Now I know this is coming off as a negative review.
But it’s not meant to be.
I LIKED this book.
I am going to KEEP this book.
I will eventually RE-READ this book.
But don’t worry.
If you get mad and want to shoot me?
Just shoot the book out of my hand, sharpshooter.
Because that’s totally realistic.
Isn’t it? *blatantly undisguised sarcasm*
Love this author.
Love this series.
Love that she left it open-ended for more.