Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF
The title of this book perfectly sums up this last instalment of Jude and Tor. The authors bring it up a notch and takes the reader on a journey of blood, death and destruction from the get go. There’s no other way for Jude and Tor to take back what is rightfully theirs other than raze the cartel to the ground. If you are squeamish, then War is not for you. If you are planning to read this while eating, I would suggest you don’t. Find yourself a nice quiet corner and get stuck in because once you start in with book 4, it’s a little difficult to put the book down. You are dragged from page to bloody page as you navigate the impossible with both Jude and Tor.
Tor comes into her own again in War. She stands up and becomes the fierce mother we all know she is, this time with a little more fire in her belly. It’s all for her daughter. Everything she does, she does it for her. I think she even surprises herself at the depths she goes to. There’s only one thing she stumbles over, which ultimately becomes the beginning of the end and sets in motion a chain of events even she can’t walk away from. Jude is right by her side despite the grievances they share. This couple has that kind of love that is unbreakable and War reinforces their relationship. Make or break, live or die – they both sacrifice for their daughter.
But Jude is a clever, clever man. He may only be a bookie but he’s never to be underestimated. This man has blood on his hands and has no qualms in collecting more. His focus becomes his grit, he is trying to save his women. A difficult task when one of them is hell bent on throwing spanners at every opportunity. Gabe is a worthy secondary character who plays a big part in the unfolding story, I loved his ways and his quips. For a grumpy man, he was certainly endearing.
There are so many emotions wrapped up in this story, and I think for me the last book, Wire, perhaps lacked this. But in War it’s there in spades. There are so many emotional scenes that it sometimes takes your breath away, a welcome reprieve from the bloodshed, still cutting all the same. Jude’s anger morphs into something more potent in this book, we feel betrayal, love, friendship – a myriad of heartfelt emotions knock the reader for six. Throw in the fact that the main theme of this book is revenge and you can imagine the tangle the reader ends up in. I found myself a time or two with a lump in my throat as I read of two parents and their child. It compels the reader to root for both Jude and Tor despite the way they go about it. A parent’s love knows no bounds.
Again, the author’s writing is engaging and their scene setting is on point. I couldn’t tell one author from the other, which I think is crucial when co-authoring, makes for a seamless read. Stevie J Cole and LP Lovell have built a vivid world of cartel gangs and undying relationships, stamped their authority all over this genre and give readers what they are looking for with this kind of storyline. I saw one repetitive phrase which stood out for me, maybe others won’t notice but it was there nonetheless and the only thing I would grumble over, otherwise…fantastic.
Perfect ending to the story of the bookie and his love. It needs to be left there, no more Jude and Tor for their story has been told, and told well. If you’re looking for something exciting, something raw and gritty, a beautiful love story then look no further than this series of books. All four are enjoyable and riveting and will take you on the ultimate dark ride. Recommended reading if you like your stuff on the dark and bloody side. Buckle up, you need seatbelts for this one.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1135 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071Z94KLP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 53 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)