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Emery and Evan
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2020
Celeste Granger is a new to me author. I was drawn to this eight sisters series by this very beautiful cover and the interesting backstory for the oldest sister, Emery. What I loved about this story was the chemistry between Evan and Emery. These two had been dancing around each other for a while, trying to fight their feelings until they just couldn't do it anymore. I love reading about two people so drawn to each other, the air around them practically crackles with a fierce magnetism pushing them together. It's even better when they fall in love.
I thought Evan was sexy, smart, but also patient with Emery. I loved how he didn't play around with her emotions. He said what he wanted and worked hard to show Emery that she wasn't just a fling for him. Emery was also sexy and smart, and relished in her place as the oldest sister of the Moore Clan...the one the rest of them looked up to for guidance and support. As an older sister myself, I definitely understand her stance on that issue.
However, Emery's birth rite as the oldest was shattered by her parents' revelation. I think the Moore parents did an awful job of introducing Samantha to their other daughters. The sisters never had a chance to process the information on their own before they were ambushed. Even though they're loving, kind parents, the way they went about this made them seem uncaring and rude.
With that being said, Emery's behavior months after the revelation was over-the-top though. She proceeded to act like a spoiled brat. I get that finding out that your parents were not as perfect as you made them out to be, and in front of someone you didn't consider to be a part of the family was quite traumatic. However, these sisters are not kids. They're old enough to realize that their parents had lives before them and possibly made lots of mistakes. Should their parents have told them years ago?! Yes. Absolutely. But going months without speaking to your parents is a bit much, plus life is too short for that kind of foolishness.
Anyway, I absolutely adored Evan and Emery together. They were a sweet and beautiful couple. I wished Emery had opened up to him a bit more though. I also don't understand why she didn't tell Evan more about the ex other than that he broke her heart; more specifically, why not tell him it was Tristan? They're all attorneys and run in the same circles. They were bound to run into each other, or end up as opposing counsels. I think that was a missed opportunity for some interesting conflict in the story. And as for Evan's ex, Isis?! I wish that skank would have gotten what was coming to her for that little stunt she pulled. It was very unsatisfying that readers didn't get to see a heated confrontation or something for the mess she caused.
I would have loved to have given this story five stars, but I did find it to be very wordy; especially with the descriptions. I understand that author wanted us to connect with the places and the characters; for us to also be able to identify with the emotions and thoughts of both Emery and Evan. I'm an avid and fluent reader, but even I got a little lost in all the overly detailed descriptions. And there were a LOT of other editing and grammar issues that made it a little difficult to wade through some parts of the story. With a few of the names being so closely similar to each other, they were often mixed up. I had to reread some sections to make sure who I thought was speaking was the person "meant" to be speaking. Also, I am a southern girl to the core, but I can honestly say that I've never seen nor used the word "yawl" for "y'all." And I definitely didn't understand the constant use of "eww" for "ooh." That just seemed rather strange and off putting to say the least.
Seriously, I admire writers and their ability to create stories and know that it takes imagination, dedication, hard work, and the courage to let other people read what they've put their heart and soul into. Even though this is the first book I've read by Ms. Moore, I am interested in reading more of her work.