My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am so conflicted with this book! There were parts of it I loved the best out of all three in this series, others I felt like banging my head against a wall.
A lot of it frustrated me, Nick was – for me anyway – a character I found difficult to get a handle on because I simply couldn’t get with him over his behaviour when it came to both Jared and also his dependency on his family.
Now, I totally get his fears about coming out being overly complicated with his fears about racism and the pressures he felt in living up the legacy of his father, but – imho anyways – the behaviour of his mum and Grandma was so out of odds with how they’d been in the rest of the series that I was scratching my head at times.
Jared, I loved Jared though. I hadn’t realised by his appearances in the other two books, just how much he was hurting and feeling alone as his two best friends paired off. There’re hints of a past with Nick but this book throws everything on the table.
I liked the way Heidi brought them back together, I liked how elements of the book’s overall plot regarding the hospital were used, I loved seeing Nick in his CEO role going out and kicking ass. I rolled my eyes a couple of times at the multitude of pop culture references, which felt more present than usual.
It’s political, as expected from this author, but I didn’t think it was as overtly so as book one (although my friend Dani felt this was the most outwardly political), I think for me it was because the homophobia and racism were so integrated with Nick’s fears that it didn’t feel preachy like book one had done at times.
This one’s definitely the steamiest of the lot, and I am glad about that, as things had been a bit of a damp squib in the second book (even though that remains my favourite) but the relationship between Nick and Jared absolutely needed those encounters to be on page.
Overall though, I have thoroughly enjoyed this whole series, the setting is excellent, the world building brought to life this small town and it’s community hospital with ease and the six characters at the heart of the books were utterly believable and their romances quite charming.
#ARC kindly received from the author via the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.