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**Spoilers** IMO, the book started off great with Colton's recovery from the near-fatal car crash from Fueled. His memory loss and mood swings. He still struggles with the word love and self-worth and this is certainly understandable give his abusive history as a young boy. I loved the way Rylee stood by her man! Well-done.
What did work for me:
However, approximately 37% I was seriously considering a "pit stop" from reading further. Colton is home recovering with Rylee by his side when Tawny breezes into his home and "playfully" announces she is five months pregnant with his baby (trying to take advantage of his memory loss) and informing Rylee she can stop playing nursemaid and leave. Whaaat? Seriously?! This was absolutely laughable. He fired her and told her to pack her bags and leave only days before. Didn't anyone notice she was pregnant just days before?!! Of course, he doesn't rollover and believe her and of course, tests reveal she lied…then onto the next immediate, dramatic scene.
Zander's dad (who doesn't have a name of his own). He shows up at the House to take his son after stalking Rylee for weeks. The scene plays out where he punches Rylee in the head leaving her with visible injuries in addition to the stomach punch (which sets up the next, immediate, dramatic scene). Colton is naturally petrified with thoughts of losing her when he sees all the blood from Zander's dad. When he takes her home, she shields her injured face from the paparazzi and what does he do after they exit the car, he carries her back to the gates and lays a "soul-devouring, heart thumping, thigh-clenching-together kiss" on her for the fotogs and this is the way he announces, not only to them but to Rylee as well, that Tawny lied about the pregnancy. I guess he wasn't too sympathetic to the day's events and her injuries to hold that one back. I'm sorry, this scene did not work for me at all.
Next immediate dramatic scene, Rylee's miscarriage, (this couple cannot catch a day's worth of happiness!). This plays out yada, yada, yada and once again Colton is petrified that he almost lost her ah-gain. This sets up the scene where Colton finally bears his soul and his past to Rylee revealing the abuse he suffered as a child. Well-done. But by this time I am so tired of these two crying, that I lost some of the emotional impact of reading this scene. There just didn't seem to be any breathing space between one dramatic scene after another.
After cleansing and bearing his soul to Rylee, he heads to the tattoo shop to transform his tattoo of vengeance to a symbol of hope and healing. Well-done. What failed epically, and this is where I ended my investment in this book - it's called integrity. Colton leaves the room to find a mirror to he can see his new ink and Rylee spontaneously makes the decision she wants the same tattoo (only smaller), hence, she sits down in the chair and Sledge "immediately" starts tattooing her. In the real world, this would never happen. The artist would have to sterilize his workstation before starting ink on someone else and they most definitely would not reuse needles. Yes, this is nit-picking, but after all the preceding disappointment with this book, I'm entitled to my opinion. The End.
First I want to share what I liked about the book. Ms. Bromberg took on a very heavy and dark subject and did a brilliant job of making me feel Colton's pain as a child. I am very familiar with abuse and a victim unknowing a lot times devises a coping skill to get them through. It was heart wrenching picturing this small child repeating a comforting phrase to mentally escape the abuse that was happening physically. And I think Colton's adult behavior reflected the inner turmoil and self hate that many abuse survivors fight against on a daily basis. The defense mechanism of pushing people away and resorting to self destructive behavior was captured accurately in my opinion. I also loved reading about Rylee's interaction with her boys. Those scenes were bright spots in the book for me. The boys were scarred and each faced their own problems and seeing Rylee and the other counselors mentoring them, loving them and accepting them made me wish that all children had access to that kind of support. And lastly, I fell in love with Rylee. Her quiet strength, sense of humor, the fact that she herself had gone through her own darkness but didn't let it pull her down, I even loved her self doubts of being good enough for Colton because of all the other women in his past. Toward the end in book 2 she started acting immaturely playing the "I am going to make Colton jealous using another guy" bit, but in book 3 she thankfully went back to that strong, determined woman I appreciated in book 1.
But what I didn't like was Colton. While I understand and can completely relate to his inner demons, this is a romance novel and I needed at some point for Colton to stand up and fight for Rylee. He constantly pushed her away....I get that was for his own protection, but by book 3 after ALL Rylee had done to prove herself and giving him unconditional support and understanding he choose to continue to push her away instead of talking to her. I mean he was still doing this almost half way through book 3. And it seemed throughout the series, he would kick Rylee out of his life and someone from his family or his friend Becks would have to go talk to him and remind him how great Rylee is for him. I really just needed him to figure it out on his own......for him to make that sacrifice of putting Rylee's needs and concerns above his fears because that is what you do when you love someone and want them in your life. I didn't see the growth I needed to see in Colton and he wasn't a strong enough leading man for me. I don't necessarily need an alpha main character, but I do need to feel the connection between the hero and heroine and while I felt Rylee's love for Colton I didn't always feel his love for her. Most of the book series, I felt like Rylee was in the relationship all by herself and she was the only one really working to make a go of it. And it may just be me, maybe I needed more POVs from Colton to connect with him I don't know.
Overall, I think Ms. Bromberg took a familiar story line and made it her own by adding unique touches that brought a fresh perspective to the story for me. I will definitely read Becks and Haddie's story.....I felt some chemistry between those to and I am curious if Becks is as laid back in his own story as he comes off in this series.
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