Things got a little bit overly dramatic in the middle but recovered nicely

57875135._SY475_Back Check by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This whole review will be spoiler tagged.

I’m not sure what happened here, one minute it was shaping up to being my favourite in the series and the next it went in to some serious dramady all out of nowhere.

Honestly, it was a bit bizarre how the plot went pear-shaped but I think a lot of it may be because, for me at any rate, things between Isaac and Joachim developed way too fast for the subsequent fall-out.

Usually RJ and Vicki build up such real depth, even over relatively short time periods, that I absolutely get with the program of two guys falling in love and being utterly committed.

Here it was all mixed into the wider and more serious narrative about Sophie’s leukemia, the fears Isaac had over losing her like he had every other member of his family, and Joachim’s alcohol addiction.

So when Joachim presented Isaac with the papers to formally submit to become recognised as Sophie’s father, and everything kicked off, I was left with whiplash.

Isaac’s overreaction, even given his fears, was just too dramatic for me. He never stopped to listen to what Joachim was trying to say – that he wanted both of them in his life.

Then, conversely, Joachim’s presentation of the documents left a whole load to be desired too, and the story seemed to utterly combust at this point.

Fortunately, it did get back on track, there was some intervention from everyone’s favourite red-headed Pole and his lovely husband, a bit of hard talking from the Rebels owner, and thankfully some good old fashioned conversation between the two men.

There were other great bits too, the team bonding over playing Dungeons and Dragons made me laugh, it was good to see the other guys still living their happy endings and a quick trip to Harrisburg gave a catch up with Ten and the gang.

The Epilogue takes place some 16 years later, which was really lovely and very much full of happiness.

The next book in the series has an interesting premise, so I’m looking forward to reading that one.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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