Top positive review
Near satisfying ending
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2021
While I loved the read I am not one hundred and ten percent satisfied with Grace and Glory that I usually am with JLA book. I mean her trademark humor is there (albeit a bit over the top at times), as well as the romance (yum!) and an amazing fictional world. That being said I had some issues with the plot.
Rage and Ruin left of with such a high and heartbreak my expectations and excitement was through the roof with this conclusion. A bit unfair of me perhaps but those sky high expectations was not met as well as I would have liked. Yes, there was drama and a heartbreakingly beautiful romance. Between that tough, the story kind of stood still for me. It was more of chasing Zayne around and hatching a plan to find and defeat the Harbringer. That is good and all that, but I couldn’t find any interest in it since it felt kind of repetitive. As soon as Zayne “came” back for real though and the romance actually started to bloom out I was fully reeled into the story. If there’s one thing JLA never fails at it’s the romance.
I liked Zayne from the beginning and Trinity with her sight issue and charming awkwardness was a perfect match for him if you ask me. The issues and arguments from previous book made their reunion in Grace and Glory all the more sweeter and had me anticipating every cutsie little moment between them, even when it was such a small thing as holding hands. If there was one thing that could have made it even better, it would have been them finally having a heart to heart about their previous arguments since I feel like they never actually acknowledged or mentioned it ever again. I am still a bit pissed at Zayne for that to be honest so them talking it out would have made it a more satisfying romance for me. It was near perfect as it was though.
While I obviously loved the romance, it didn’t fully save or compensate for the plot. For having kind of a slow poke start the plot in whole and the ending was rushed, or at least that how it came across to me. Mainly because of plot holes and mistakes that I noticed, for example Thierry being Jada’s father instead of her uncle all of a sudden, or Roth having horns when I’m 95% sure he didn’t in the previous series (of course, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). And the whole “can trueborns reproduce” issue just didn’t make any sense to me, because isn’t that something we already know they can? From book one we learned that people who can see ghosts has an angel somewhere in their bloodline, so why is this suddenly all a mystery? Angel + human = trueborn. Trueborn + human = human with the sight. Where is my math incorrect?
The end fight was also rushed. They quickly knew where Gabriel was and had Wardens and demons along with Lucifer fighting side by side, no issues, no questions asked. The fight even became kind of underwhelming when a certain someone became involved. That along with Lucifer and some other aspects the plot almost became a bit ridiculous for my taste. Not so that it necessary ruined the story, but I certainly cringed a bit at sone parts. To its credit though, it did lead to a pretty intense and beautiful ending of the story with a HEA I was hoping for, almost to the point of it becoming a bit unrealistic, but the bittersweetness of a certain unknown aspect saved it. The only thing that could have med the ending better would have been some information about the spirit Trinity saw in book one, if it was Abbott which I suspect it was. That was kind of left open ended. That issue aside Grace and Glory is a clear four stars.