Top critical review
Good at parts and let down at others
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
Good continuation of the main plot, not too slow, not too fast. Happy that the story is progressing.
And the frustrating: the first book was really, really bully heavy in this series. It really left a bad taste in my mouth (men bullying the women they end up with? Not stand-up men in my book- bullying is defined as abuse once schools are over, you know). But I was excited since there were whispers of revenge against the bullies this book. We got a little but what I was really looking forward to was the FMC’s brother would hear all the awful things his “friends” did to her and rip them a new one (not the ignore all the abuse and just be mad they were sleeping together now trope). It was probably the only justice I saw happening in this series that would make me feel a little better. And what do we get? Nothing. All of that stuff is glossed over because of “more important things”. I get it, it’s not the main plot but it’s important and just ignoring that whole plot device that was used to get the characters together in the first place? That’s leaving a really bad taste in my mouth. I want a knock out drag out fight where the main bully(ies- lets be honest here) FINALLY realize they were wrong. And we haven’t gotten it and I don’t think I can finish the series until that happens. If it doesn’t happen next book, I’m going to have to totally write off this genre and story. It too painful to see men abuse women and have women forgive them without character growth or consequences. That happens in the real world all the time, I’m reading a fantasy novel to escape that.