Updated: Feb 16
What can I say? This whole series was a five star series for me. Normally, I would do a review with what I liked and what I didn’t like but honestly, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this series, so I’m just going to talk about what I liked.
Before I do that, I will say that if you don’t enjoy poetic language or steamy scenes in your books
(or if you would prefer to avoid the triggering/dark topics this book covers), I probably wouldn’t recommend reading the book. For everyone else, or even if you’re on the fence, I cannot recommend it enough. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to my review!
First, the Characters
The biggest reason for my love of this book is definitely the characters and how beautifully their emotions and struggles fall out of them, through the page, and right into my heart.
So let’s start with my favourite book boyfriend, my main man, Blake. This man breathes poetry and oozes angst. He is the epitome of selfless love through this whole thing in a way that pulled my heart out through my chest. His caring, kind nature and attempts to shield Kat from the worst of what she is facing had me sobbing every time something didn’t go right for them. And then sobbing again every time it did. I love this brooding, caring, poetic man, and you will too.
Then, let’s go to my not-so-main-man, Dom. I gotta say, if Blake wasn’t in this book, Dom would also be my book boyfriend. He’s strong and caring and has his life together. I love his flaws and how he tries to protect everyone even when he can’t. He apologizes when he makes mistakes and the way he is with his daughter and Kat makes my heart melt. He really is a supremely good man. But don’t be fooled. He’s not all sweetness.
And then. AND THEN. I gotta talk about our main girl, Kat. She struggles so much through this whole series and has so much to overcome. Her emotional attachments throughout the book drag her in so many different ways and she still remains a hilarious spitfire even in the midst of some truly horrific things. I love how real she is. How much she shows she is capable of loving. And how beautifully she makes room for her happily ever after. She so richly deserved it after everything she went through.
Second, the Pure Poetry
Another thing I absolutely loved about this book was the poetic, metaphorical, and downright beautiful language. The writing captivated me in a way I don’t know that anything this descriptive ever has. I tend to be a witty banter and dialogue loving girl, but this story pulled me in and never let me go until it spit me out at the end. Alexandria Lee writes in a way that you feel inside your soul.
I felt what the characters felt. I wept when they hurt. My heart swelled with their joy. I was on the edge of my seat for every small moment, every longing glance, every twist and turn, and every heart wrenching struggle. And I would do it all over again. Hundreds of thousands of words. Three gigantic books. A journey that made me laugh and cry (mostly cry) constantly. And you know what I have to say about that?
Always and Forever Team Blake
Your Romance Reviewer,
Breaking the rules is never without consequence.
And that's what Dominic Reed was to me. A devastating consequence.
It seemed harmless when we met. He needed a nanny, and I needed a job. Badly. I was the only thing keeping food on the table and lights on in our not-so-happily-ever home. Dad had split, and Mom was always blitzed out to forget he was gone, and I was all my little sister had left.
I thought working for Dominic Reed would be easy.
I thought very wrong.
It was the exact opposite of easy. In fact, it was impossible when he was my boss and I was his employee, and fate decided it didn't care about professionalism or boundaries.
It didn't care that I was ten years younger. It didn't care that I'd built the entire foundation of my adult life on the fact that love was poison and men were the devil.
And it certainly didn't care about the wedding band around Dominic's finger either. No matter how off limits he was to me or how wild and rebellious I was to him, our chemistry was heroin, and it demanded our submission despite how hard we scrambled to stop it.
And I needed to stop it, because it wasn't just my heart in jeopardy if I fell in love with Dominic Reed.
Apparently, it was my life.