Why did I want to read this book?
We’ve met Maya in the previous books and we know about her heartbreak over her cheating husband. So I am so ready for her to get her true forever.
What worked for me?
First off, I really enjoyed that the chapters start with a quote from the TV show Friends. I’m a big fan of the show so I recognized all of them.
On to the story, I would say that this was a bit of a tricky and complex set-up because the hero is best friend to the heroine’s cheating ex-husband. And while it might seem like a cliche, I actually loved how author Laura Drewry treated this situation. On the surface, it might only seem like a forbidden thing, this relationship between our main characters, and up to a certain point, it was. But the author did a really good job of injecting that emotional weight that gave the plot and the romance a complex and attractive quality to it. Jack and Maya had a lot of obstacles to overcome but I love how these were not those simple black-and-white easy decisions that they have to make. The nuances to their conflicts were what brought great depth to their characters and to their love story.
I love how the story explores questions on themes such as loyalties, of being in an impossible situation, friendships and family ties.
Jack is this truly upstanding hero. He’s been holding a torch for Maya for years. And to be honest, I always love stories where the hero feel in love first or is in love with the heroine longer. Maya, I felt for acutely. I just hate cheaters, in books and especially in real life. Infidelity is such a hateful act really, for me. So I completely sympathize for her even in the earlier books when we first found out about her husband’s affair. But I love that she was able to move on and she got over her husband 100% even before the hero comes back into the picture. There’s this running obstacle for her characterization that I really loved. This was when she has started doubting herself and her decisions because of the failure of her marriage. She thought she had married her forever but she could not have been more wrong. And now she hates that because of that, she’s been second-guessing herself. How can you not feel for her after hearing that?
We also get to see the rest of the gang again. So that’s always a happy occurrence.
What did not work for me?
Nothing, really. Except that I really don’t like Maya’s ex-husband and the woman he cheated on her with. This has nothing to do with the author’s writing and more of like, on principle, I hate them for their affair.
My over-all take on it?
Overall, this was a really great addition to this series. I love the complexity of the situations even if at times I was pulling my hair out trying to think of a solution where they can be both happy and guilt-free. But trust Laura to give it to her readers good and still keep it all real.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.
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