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I've been fascinated by Silas from his first appearance, but the rest of the guys all had their own charm. I wasn't too focused on them, however, until this book. All of their personalities seemed to intensify and deepen in this book. Getting their perspectives probably helped a lot with that, although that can be very tricky to pull off. Jane Washington somehow managed to do it flawlessly.
I have a confession to make. I'm not a fan of reverse harem. I had never even heard of it before reading Charcoal Tears. By the time I found out what it was, I was already completely hooked on the story. I still kept hoping for a traditional romance all the way until this book, and I dreaded being disappointed. Yet, the author somehow managed to make me happy with the conclusion of this story. Do I still prefer traditional romances? Yes, but none of them have Silas, and none of them were written by Jane Washington. So I am thrilled that I came across Charcoal Tears and was intrigued enough to read it. I found an addictive story, memorable characters, my favorite love interest ever, and a brilliant new author.
I reread the first book after I finished this one, because I wished to go back to the beginning and experience again when Seraph first met the guys. I became just as enthralled with the story the second time around, even though I now know the outcome. The writing is just that good. All the seeds for everything that happens in subsequent books are planted in this one. All the relationships are established here. I had forgotten that Poison and Clarin were introduced in Charcoal Tears. I've grown to love them just as much as I love Seraph and the guys. You'll be happy to know that they remain just as memorable in Portrait of Pain. They always have some of the most amusing dialogue, but they have a lot of competition in that area from Silas in the last book. Who knew that he could be such a funny guy?
Honestly, it's so hard to let go of these characters after being obsessed with them through four perfect books. Trying to review just this final book is almost impossible for me, because it is the culmination of the entire amazing, imaginative story. There has been excitement, danger, humor, heartache, surprise, discovery, fear, and fun. With four love interests, the romance has been sweet, sexy, tender, intense, flirty, and erotic.
If you have read the other three books, then I don't have to convince you to read this one. If you haven't, then you are missing out on one of the best series ever. I have all the books. Now I just need them to be made into movies.
Let me start by saying that I’m not really a fan of reverse harem, but I LOVE Jane Washington’s writing style. Eloquent and humorous, descriptive and succinct, suspenseful and romantic. She’s got it all. I also love Jane Washington, but that probably shouldn’t be part of this book review. This was a fantastic end to the series, because it wrapped everything up perfectly. She could teach a class on how to end a series. Seriously.
A Portrait of Pain starts shortly after Lead Heart ends, with the messenger still on the loose but everyone else settling into life together as best they can. There’s plenty of action and a LOT more romance than the previous books in the series. This may still be considered YA, but it’s definitely catered to a more mature YA/NA audience. Silas, Miro, Noah, and Cabe each get their own first-person narratives for a couple chapters, which means you get inside their heads a little bit. Also means MAJOR swooning going on over here. Poison and Clarin are both around and still insane/hilarious, Tariq is the greatest brother ever, and we get to know Jack and “the Sophies” a little better.
The only downsides for me:
***SPOILER ALERTS!!! (sort of)***
<spoiler>There was a certain bad guy who I think got off a little too easy and Seraph doesn’t end up with JUST the one guy who happens to be my favorite, but I already mentioned that I’m not really a fan of reverse harem, so that was to be expected. ;)</spoiler>