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Love this series, but Beck...not so much
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021
I adore this whole series. I never want it to end, frankly. Solo has been a favorite character for me, along with many of the other h characters. My issue has long been with Beck.
Another reviewer said there was a bit too much of a formula with many of the H/h relationships. That reviewer said the h is typically a doormat, the H a rude dude who treats her badly, but they have sex anyway and it all works out somehow. I sort of agree with that in a few cases. But in this book, that is definitely true.
Beck has spent the entire series being super angry, and super happy to take that out on Solo. But it's also been clear to this reader that there's a ton more to that story. But at no time did Beck try to figure that out. He's just spent numerous books talking trash to Solo, mistreating her at every opportunity, despite how clear it's been that she still loves him. When I saw that this book was going to be their story, I hesitated to.pick it up because I knew what a jerk he was going to be. (Oh who am I kidding? I pre-ordered it like I do with all Lexi Blake books. Ahem. Back to the review!)
Wow, I wasn't sure Beck could be worse than he'd been in past books, but boy was I wrong. He was straight up verbally abusive to the extreme. I had a hard time imagining that Solo could accept that and still have love for him.
Of all the H characters in this series, Ian probably had the most reason to be so hard in the h, but he didn't come close. Beck is definitely the most abusive and cruel of every male character in this series.
It really wasn't until very close to the end of this story that Beck realizes that he's pretty much mostly to blame for virtually everything that went wrong, not just with him and Solo, but with other family members, not to mention the flameout of several careers. That's a whole boatload.
Of course, that's the author's story, and she can tell it as she feels the need. I'm just saying that there are several reasons I rated this book as I did, despite being an obsessive fan of Lexi Blake work.
1. Beck is too abusive, period. He burned out his welcome several books back.
2. The story drags. Far too much angry dialogue, deliberate miscommunication between Beck and Solo, and too much abusive accusations.
3. No humor. One of the things that makes this series and these characters so endearing is the humor. Ian Taggart is one of the funniest characters ever, and one of the reasons I love him so much. Hutch, Charlotte, Derek, Erin...also very funny. All missing here.
4. Inconsistent action. Every book has action, but this one stopped and started too many times, with a long, long drag in the middle.
5. Too much Levi Green. This guy should have been killed off much sooner. He had alot of the same characteristics as Hope McDonald, and I wished death on that character waaaaaaaaaayyyy before she finally bit it.
6. Not enough sex. Yep, I said it. And the sex that did occur was sad and kind of bleak. Come on, Lexi. These characters are some of the best sexually written characters in romance, and I can say that because I read voraciously. Also, after all the years of abuse, that the Solo character trusted Beck enough to have sex with him didn't make sense at all. I wouldn't have gotten near that dude, no matter his awesome looks and smokin' equipment.
7. This should have been two books--Solo and Beck, and the Taggarts and their children.
Still, this is a Lexi Blake story and I read.every word. I just wish it had been more fulfilling.