So. Fucking. Good.
I love it when this happens.
I love it when a book I am highly anticipating meets my expectations.
It’s a moment that’s almost celestial.
Such a joy.
…And a bit of a relief, no?
In an effort to avoid spoilers, I will keep this borderline gush-fest brief.
Pam Godwin is an author goddess.
A sexy sexy times scribe goddess.
A dark and make you say !!! dirty goddess.
I’ll be honest…which I always am, so I’m not sure why I needed to start this sentence with an honesty disclaimer, but as I was saying…
I’ll be honest: I was a little nervous about this book.
This is obviously a series, with this being the fourth book in that series. (See how well I can count? And read?).
And when I saw that the love interest in THIS book was Tate – a character who spent all of the LAST book obsessed and pining over the LAST book’s heroine?
But like I said, PG is a boss and made it work and then some here.
The mystery of Lucia and her whereabouts and motivations kept me interested…
Tate was all smexy and hot AF and all that…
But what kept me glued to the page?
None other than my FAVORITE thing in this entire series…
AKA, the hottest…
Van fucking Quiso.
Lemme just say that Van is one of my all time favorite book boyfriends.
I call – and have called – fucking dibs and I will slay – SLAY, I say – anyone who tries to claim the same. *fists up and ready peeps*
In order not to spoil this series for readers who have NOT read it yet, I will just say that Van is all kinds of fucked up and wrong and you will hate him in book one.
But his book – book two – is my favorite book in this series (still) and one of my favorite books of all time, period.
He and Amber (whom I adore) are one of my top couples ever.
They are beyond fucked up and damaged and riddled with legit mental illness and I would gorge on them for all eternity if I could.
So getting some extra doses of them in this book was a total win for me.
Another HUGE win for me?
Another AMAZING and completely unexpected appearance of a beloved character from Pam’s Tangled Lies series.
I won’t specifically name that character as to do so runs the potential of completely wrecking THAT series for folks who haven’t read it yet…but folks who HAVE can probably guess whom that character is….
It was amazing and awesome and all the adjectives under the sun that equate to SUPER. Fucking. Swell.
So, thank you, Pam Godwin.
I know I will get asked this in the comments and it’s a VERY good question, so I will answer it here:
This CAN be read as a standalone, I suppose…HOWEVER(!!!) In my opinion, I think that to enjoy this book to the fullest, you MUST read books 1-3 first.
And, if possible, you should try to read Pam’s Tangled Lies series before reading book four of THIS series.
Failure to do so will absolutely WRECK that series for you – and it’s SUCH a amazing series that I HIGHLY recommend it.
So, yeah, that’s a lot of reading (six books total) that I feel need to be read prior to this in order to FULLY enjoy this book; but you know what?
I loved and devoured them ALL.
So, if your wallet can take it or your library supply it, I can’t recommend these book highly enough.
Just to note: Book one of this series is actually my least favorite of the series; but books 2-4 were all 4.5/5 stars for me, I believe.
So if you like it, but don”t adore it – fear not.
Anyway, that’s all I got.
Current fans of this series, I hope you all love this as much as I did when you finally get it in your hands!