My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this one a fair bit more than the first in the series as it was way less angsty and involved a lot less introspection – although it does still have a bit of drama that people may consider to be a little contrived.
The dual POV worked well to let me see inside both characters heads and I have to admit, at times I found Toby a little bit wearing and I wanted to thump him upside the head but I did also understand why he was behaving as he did. His culture and upbringing, and the way his dad was, had been a heavy influence he found difficult to shake off.
I adored Ruben though. So much more than the staid upright and stuffy lawyer he first appears, an older man with depth and a desire to find a family he can nurture and care for and desperate for a second chance at building a relationship with his daughter.
Like my lovely friend Dani says in her review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… – the pacing on this one still felt a bit off, as with book one, and things seemed to happen in odd places.
It took a while to get to the big dramatic point which is referenced in the blurb, not an issue on its own so much as it then also had a slow burn into them becoming lovers.
However, once they did, their relationship was a wonderfully supportive and seriously steamy one until Toby decided to have a bit of a crisis and I got all frustrated with him 🤣
Great secondary characters and the amazing sense of place which Annabeth has definitely brought to this series, a flying guest appearance from Griff and River (book one) and an awesome epilogue, meant I enjoyed this book overall.
#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review