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A spectacular adrenaline rush ending to Cristian and Atlas’ story

59917837._SY475_Imitate the Dawn by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG, just OMG!

This did not go where I was expecting it to and bravo to M.A. Grant for completely blindsiding me to how she was going to draw Atlas and Cristian’s story to a close.

There is so much tension in this book that from the off the adrenaline is racing, heart pounding and head rapidly trying to work out just what is going to happen next. The gang is on the defensive from the off following that MAJOR cliffhanger at the end of book two.

And, I mean, I’m still reeling from that revelation so I was desperate to see just how Cristian was going to deal with a betrayal of such magnitude.

You’ll get zero plot spoilers from me in this review because it’d would utterly ruin the effect of what happens in this story (obvious right?!) but let me just say that I never saw it coming, ever, never in a million years.

But it’s such a flipping brilliant way to conclude what’s been a quite outstanding paranormal series from an author who is a must-buy for me.

All the necessary people get their just deserts and our beautiful pairing are solid as a rock as the narrative draws to a close. I know this series is technically over now, but I have to say, I would die for more books from this world.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Release Blitz: Prepared by Cara Dee

Prepared | Cara Dee

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Release Date: August 30th, 2022

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Blurb

It’s time for the happily ever after Gray and Darius have fought so hard for…once they get out of this darn jungle in Belize.

“You have to understand, I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I said goodbye to everyone in my head.”

Three years ago, Gray Nolan lost all hope of ever seeing his friends and family again. Now, everyone was gathering to watch him become Gray Quinn. At long last. But before his and Darius’s big day, they had one more mission to undertake. Just a simple in-and-out stint. Nothing to worry about.

Certainly nothing as challenging as a two-day bachelor party featuring a pack of wild children, three best men in charge with an abundance of creativity, a hockey game between the younger whippersnappers and the more…seasoned grunts, and a very open bar.

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Excerpt

“I’m not ready for this,” Darius muttered into his coffee mug.

He and Gray stood on the porch as four vehicles rolled up. Just as Gray and Darius had finished their chores for the day. Every animal had been fed, the dogs and the kids had been dropped off at Darius’s folks’ house after school and day care, and—

Whoa.

Gray let out a laugh as a dance song from the ’90s blared out of Case and Boone’s truck. They were the first to park, right next to the Wagoneer, followed by Ryan’s truck.

Case jumped out with an actual boombox on his shoulder and bobbed his head to the beat.

Ethan and Avery emerged from Ryan’s truck too.

Gray didn’t actually know exactly who was showing up today. He’d been told it wasn’t mandatory; it was basically a briefing for the bachelor party activities that would take place this week, and Ryan and Avery were in contact with everyone. And those who didn’t have anything better to do today could stop by.

“Jesus,” Darius sighed.

Gray grinned and descended the porch steps. “Come on, baby.” It was time to greet their guests.

Abel and Madigan parked next to Ryan at the same time as the Tenleys appeared on the guest cabin’s porch.

Gage, Gideon, and Gabriel stepped out of the last car.

“Who else is feeling fucking pumped for this wedding?” Case hollered over the music.

“He’s gonna give the pigs a goddamn heart attack,” Darius said.

Gray chuckled and picked up the pace, and he met up with Case and Boone right before the bridge that crossed the stream.

“I see you brought the party with you.” He exchanged a grin with Case and hugged him. “Good to see you again, Casey.”

“You too, man. Since our men don’t dance, I’m hauling you out on the dance floor when we go clubbing.”

“No spoilers, you little shit!” Ryan yelled.

“Oh!” Case shouted and held out his free arm. “Who you callin’ shit, you old fuck!”

Oh God. Gray could only shake his head in amusement—and move on to greet the others. Boone got a hug, Ethan got a hug, they all got hugs. Gideon and Gabriel were already goofing off, dancing to the new song that was playing. All ’90s, give or take a few years. That was Case O’Sullivan. From “Mr. Saxobeat” to “Boom, Boom, Boom” by Vengaboys.

It was possible Gray was subscribing to Case’s playlists on Spotify.

Darius couldn’t stay grumpy for too long. By the time he’d greeted everyone, he’d reached his wry-smirk stage.

Gray threw an arm around Abel’s shoulders and smacked a loud smooch to his cheek. “Are you ready for this mayhem?”

“Are you?” Abel grinned. “Keep in mind, I helped plan it all.”

Yeah, Gray was game.

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About The Author

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I’m often awkwardly silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex.

There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly.

Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve.

I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.

Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.

I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, cooking, baking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and family, too. But mostly, I just love to write.

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All the feels as we sign off on Dare & Gray’s epic journey

Prepared by Cara Dee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cara signs off on what has been a quite outstanding series with once last hurrah and a wedding for the ages.

I don’t think I can adequately explain just how much I have adored watching Gray and Darius’ journey through some unspeakably horrific experiences and also into a network of people who are willing to lay their lives down for them.

It’s been an emotional ride I’m not sure I’m really ready to say goodbye to but if this is the final time we spend with them, it’s an awesome way to go.

Darius is possibly my favourite of all Cara’s characters, he’s undergone his own Sea Change and in some ways that’s been even more of a struggle than Gray’s.

Together though, oh my word, together they’re unstoppable, whether that’s building a new life as fathers, running their homestead or on operational missions with the rest of their madcap friends.

There’s some awesome guest appearances and crossovers in this last book and I was here for every one of them.

As for the wedding itself, do you seriously think Darius would allow it to be anything but perfect for his knucklehead 😁

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

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