~Sigh~ FINALLY we got the 3rd installment and it was everything I wanted and hoped it would be! It was an INCREDIBLE heart stopping ride I didn't want to end. I read it literally in one sitting (finished at 5AM!) and I'm already waiting for more. More of Nox and Cade, more of Sam and Mason as well as TJ and Rachel with their own arc.
If you haven't read the first two installments what are you doing here? unless it's to go look for the first one so you can delve into this gripping story. While I'm not usually a fan of either Dystopian or Sci-Fi novels this was simply DIVINE. When we left off in the previous installment the guys (and gals) were separated into 3 groups/couples not knowing how they'll be able to re-group and most importantly find the man behind it all. This is what this whole book is about. It starts in a high note and keeps it throughout the story. There's something going on every step of the way. I'll say it's more action than romance though our couples have quite a journey emotionally. I preferred it this way honestly. I don't think it would have been very "believable" otherwise considering what they went through (the danger, high stakes, injuries not to mentions no privacy ;)). Yet in the end all three came out tighter and more sure of what they have and what they expect their future to hold.
Usually when I read the next installment in a series I hope the author does a great job of reminding us what went down in the previous one as I'm HORRIBLE with remembering the details. Strangely enough, I remembered A LOT this time! Maybe because in my head I kept coming back to this book, hoping we'll get an ending. I'll say right from the get go - while there is a definite ending to the main issues the characters were dealing with this whole 3-book journey the ending promises at least one more book which is exciting! I hope it's going to be sooner rather than later ;)
Getting back to what happens in this book! Nox Boyet is the first one to meet the man behind it all being captured by him in the ending of the previous one. Cade Creel, TJ Creel and Rachel (Jenny) are besides themselves with worry of how they are getting to him considering they first have to deal with Detective Francis themselves. They have no connection with Sam, Mason and the Creel parents who are trying to stay low. Sam is already sorry for the exchange of words he had with his father so all he can hope for is seeing him again alive and well. But who can be safe and there are so many different organizations looking for all of them? Not knowing who they can trust (what's FBI Agent Alec Allard up to?)
It takes I think half of the book for a real "reunion" which also helped keeping me at the end of my seat, feeling like every step they make only makes things more complicated (and dangerous). While Nox and Rachel might be the kind of survivors who can deal with anything the others (maybe except for Mason) are your "everyday joe" - especially Cade - who never had to deal with ANYTHING like he was dealing with but he can only see one thing - Nox safe in his arms - and for his he finds the courage within himself and risk his own life again and again and again.
I really enjoyed the progression of the couples in this one. They joke they are beyond dating but it still doesn't mean that once it's all over they can build a life together, there are things to be said and decisions to be made. I was happy with the way things concluded which is also why I can't wait to see where Tere will be taking us in the next one. They aren't running around looking for cover from the rain anymore. All of them together are a force to be reckoned now!
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The perfect "ending" without truly being one :)
26 February 2021