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I’m on hiatus from reviewing; however, the second my greedy little eyes landed on an email regarding Grant's book, I just knew I had to come out of hiding for him. I've loved our (sexy as hell) hero from the minute I laid eyes on him in Rush's book. I'm a little torn over the many thoughts arguing amongst themselves inside my head. Not sure if it's the fact that I have come off of two totally amazing series or what, but this one felt as though it was just missing that little bit of somethin’ somethin’ I’d originally felt upon meeting Grant.
Why am I on the fence?
I think a lot of it has to do with the character of Grant I built up in my mind vs. the Grant we came to know through his journey with Harlow. There was the first half of the book Grant and then the second half of the book Grant, which left me so damn confused. I truly am torn right now; I really wanted to love Grant as much as I loved Rush. And I did to an extent. There were parts I adored about him and then there were the WTF moments that left my mind boggled. Maybe it’s because throughout the series, we’ve never really seen Grant through his own eyes; he’s always been portrayed through the eyes of his family and friends. And the Grant his family portrayed (at least in my mind) was this kick ass, sweet guy with a bad boy underlining. Therefore, in my opinion, the character Abbi built before my eyes was not the same Grant she has given us in his book. This version of “Grant” left me feeling a bit achy and nostalgic.
I’m going to be perfectly honest; for me, he felt like a weaker version of the perception I had grown to love. This “Grant” almost became a DNF. It took me a little bit to connect and even then I held back from truly falling head over heels for him. I always pictured Grant to resemble Rush in the way his character was broken, but what I didn't expect from him was the whining. Grant seriously whined continuously throughout the first half of the book. Yes. Yes, I said it. My issue is that the whining made his character seem weak and the weakness is what made it really hard for me to sympathize or connect with him and his wish washy ways. I understood his reasoning, I truly did. The pain from such tragedy can be debilitating, it can cause us to act in manners that are not within our norm.
Then there was the second half of the book, Grant, the one who did a 360 in personality and behavior. As I’m sure you’ve read in other reviews, Grant wasn’t always well liked; he seemed to suffer a bit from multiple personalities. This is where Abbi gave me the Grant I had grown to love in the other books, the one that has intrigued me to no end. This “Grant” was deserving of his lady and he went after what he wanted with determination. I really enjoyed observing the dedication he put into wooing his girl. Abbi pulled off some really sweet and swoon worthy moments. Now, this is the character I have been waiting to read about from the very beginning.
Harlow, hmm… what can I tell ya about Harlow? I can’t say she was my favorite heroine, but she also wasn’t one that annoyed me so bad I wanted to chuck my tablet at her face. I felt for her most often times, and my heart did ache for her in a few places. And while I sometimes wanted to shake her silly for allowing Grant to walk all over her, I kind of understood why she was so vulnerable to his charm. I can totally see her as the perfect ever after for Grant, as when she found herself, she gave our man a run for his money. One of the things I loved the most about her is that while she treaded lightly around Nan, she didn’t let that bitch get away with bullying her. Can I just say, I was jumping for joy and fist pumping the air each time she put that chick square in her place. I found her to be a really sweet heroine; however, at certain points, I found her innocence regarding sex to be a bit unbelievable. With her living arrangements, it just didn’t seem plausible to be that innocent. She is Kiro’s daughter; she has walked in on him multiple times going at it, not to mention she always has her face buried in books. As I said, I enjoyed getting to know her, especially when she grew a backbone and showed us a bit of sassy spunk. Nevertheless, her character was hard to connect with since it wasn’t always a believable one.
I struggled a bit on how to rate this book and finally decided to go with 3 stars. I know authors and readers tend to view 3 star reads in a negative light, but that's not how I meant it to be here. When it comes to my reviews, a three star read just means that there were elements that didn't fit for me personally. The question now is, would I recommend this book? Honestly, I don't know. I would most definitely to one of Abbi's die hard fans, but overall, it would depend. I liked the second half of the book, and I would continue on with the story line, as I am interested in seeing where she goes with Harlow's secret.
And to wrap this baby up, all I’m going to say is, if you’ve ever read an Abbi Glines book, then you know in true Abbi fashion, this book ends with a cliffhanger.
Thanks to Abbi Glines and Atria for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.