Top critical review
Ugh ... worst characters and storyline of the series.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2016
This third book seems to miss the mark in many ways, and the audiobook version makes it worse. The way Toni and Lucky are described in the first two books set their characters a bit differently than portrayed in this book. So much so that Toni comes across as unintelligent, simple, self-centered, and immature (worse than May). Lucky is closer to his earlier portrayals, but he's still off and seems weaker. I had expected much more of these two characters and this story left me thinking that Lucky's got a little more going for him than Toni does, and she's a good example why some people shouldn't have children. Speaking of ... most of the book drones on about that one issue (children) to the point where a reader cares even less. This was the first time I was tempted to put an Elle Casey book down and walk away without finishing the read. There were some great opportunities for this story to really show Toni in all of her toughness and as having a brain, and to let Lucky's strength shine. It fell short, and even the small bit of excitement near the end fizzles out since it reinforces Toni as a weak character, and because the bad guy is twice thwarted by May. The latter felt even more unrealistic considering May went from a ditzy immature character in books one and two, to an uncharacteristically happy, giddy, and giggling woman who isn't all there. Any toughness built into May's character is gone by this book. This was a disappointing read in of itself, and the audiobook did it no favors either. The narrator's attempt to sound NOLA southern with street cred, smart mouth, bad girl, just made Toni sound ignorant and uneducated. Although the first two books were silly fun reads, this one isn't, and it's concept is poor enough that it's not a book I'd recommend to my friends.