Wow! What an amazing read! First of all, please make sure you heed the trigger warnings for this book - there are some very graphic situations and scenes associated with domestic violence in this book, and other scenes associated with depression, bullying and suicide. That said, the book tackled these very difficult and horrific topics in a tasteful and thoughtful manner.
All of the characters in this series are so very well developed. Both Aiden and Ash have their demons, but together they just might find something magical - if they can only shake off the shackles of their past. The whole situation Ash was in with his abusive partner was devastating. The alternating POV mean we get to see the situation from his perspective, but also experience Aiden's heartache when he lays eyes on Ash after a particularly bad encounter. The hopelessness Ash felt is showcased well, as is the hope that he can one day be brave enough to truly walk away.
I loved that we still got to see Bennet, Xavier and Lucky who featured in Book 1. I also liked the way the plotlines with Aiden's family, as well as with Ash's ex were closed out. The introduction of Laird/Oz for book 3 was done smoothly, and the book was well rounded as a whole.
I felt this book was a more involved read that Book 1, which is partially due to the location the books are set in - the isolated wilderness versus the busy city. Perhaps its my empathetic side showing, but I did feel more connected with Aiden and Ash than I did with Xavier and Bennett - their heartache really sucked me in and had be rooting for their happily ever after - that depth I just didn't quite get in book 1.
Can't wait to read the next book and learn more about the mysterious Jake, and how he deals with Laird/Oz showing up on his turf.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: SKLL Books LLC
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 2 November 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B0771SPGS2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,606 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)