Quick review for a quick read.

In three words: too easily resolved. I think the suspension of disbelief really did fly out the window in this installment. This part of the serial novel asked me to overlook one too many transgressions on the part of the heroine and hero both, and I just couldn’t get behind that at all.

So, Rafe/Storm found out about Melanie’s rendezvous, somehow forgave Travis for his pursuit of Melanie and Travis forgave Storm because he found out Storm was really a billionaire named Rafe who got back in good terms with his brother. Not only that, somehow Melanie ends up having sexy times not with the one guy she ultimately chooses, but all THREE of them for experimentation.

Um…there’s something really wrong/convenient with this picture. I do not understand where point A in the narration suddenly said “Screw B” and jumped to point C for this resolution. It was haphazardly drawn and too convenient. I understand drawing fantasies, but this was ridiculous for the way it was sequenced, and I just…I couldn’t get behind the narrative for that – for character motivations, logic in the scenario, or even just the reasons given for such a thing to occur.

I don’t know if part of these flaws are because of the serial itself or if it’s Carew’s narrative style. I may try another of her full stories to see how they match up, but I’m not impressed with this first serial novel I’ve read from her. This series could’ve been a lot better, but settled for being derivative, cliche, and quite comparably dry for the genre, despite some steamy scenes and some very few moments of good rapport between the characters. In the end, I was very disappointed.

This isn’t the last book in the series, but I can’t be bothered to read any more here even with one more part to go. It’s just too contrived.

Overall score: 0.5/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher St. Martin’s Press.

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