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I was not expecting that - I binged this in one session. This was a surprise in the best way. I felt like the story could have been ripped from the headlines of our current climate. It was fast paced, smart, had amazing chemistry and I felt like it wrapped up the series really well.
I was a little disappointed in this final entry in the series. There had been so much implied and built up between these two characters, and the h's former career was a total shock and somehow just didn't feel right. But still a good book, a nice wrap-up to the series, and solid writing, excellent chemistry and dialogue between all the characters. Good book overall, my disappointment is merely my own opinion.
Here I am saying I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it, that’s not what I expected to be saying. “Hate F” came in to my life with a Bang,such an exciting start to a series. But this ? This is most definitely a whimper. It’s weird, Jason and Ellie didn’t have much a role in “Hate”,it of course was completely centered on Hailey and Cole and yet there was something about the small by plays between Ellie and Jason that left me intrigued. Then when she just up,and left at the end I just knew ,I knew there was a story there . A story I was excited to read. I story that even as the years passed waiting I was still wanting. Sadly,while I feel it was too “good” to give it less than four stars ,I can’t say it felt worth the wait. At all. Like any good romance there are secrets or lies or suppositions to get past. False hopes or dreams to deal with,but that moment of truly deep and meaningfuls where the couple finally strip themselves down and bare themselves in a non sexual way and start to truly get close,for me never really came. We start with Jason off wining and dining and sliding in and out of charming his way in and out of places,when he chances upon Ellie. The chase begins. At first the chase and their byplay and all the layers and lies were exciting and expected. But after a while, I was like get on w/it already,tell us and him how you became the person you did. Tell the story how you became soo hard edged and jaded. Tell us what you were doing all your time away Ellie. Let us in. Give me a chance to truly connect with you. Do me that never came . Information came in spits and sputters and never in some touching moment between just her and Jason . It was like ,I like you, who are you, I love you, your what? Finally when we’re getting answers Ellie has to kill someone . Everyone assumes it’s in self defense. It wasn’t. But of course they don’t ask and she doesn’t tell. My dissatisfaction was growing as I neared the end of the story,I was hoping towards the end ,that even though it would be too little to late in some ways,I was hoping I’d finally get what I needed. Ellie is hurt. She has to recover at Jason’s home. I’m thinking ok,finally,finally we’ll get our deep and meaningful. No. No talk of their future together mainly just sex when she’s able. Then in the epilogue suddenly two years have passed and their living together in California . What the what? We’re left to guess what happened to Cole,Hailey,Tag,Wilson,the business etc. Zero,zip,nada is said with all of them. No goodbyes. No so longs, No farewells or anything. It’s just all over. What. The. Hell? This definitely ends on a whimper for me. I once was bothered Tag wasn’t getting the story he was once promised. But after this ? I guess it’s ok. Personally to me it felt like the writer never regain her love for this series when she went off doing other things and this book kept being put off. Can’t recommend but I can’t say stay away.
I liked this series a lot. Sorry to see it end. Ainsley/Zoe is a terrific writer and I have read most of her books. I enjoyed this one but didn’t love it. The author wrote a note at the end to explain that she softened this last book somewhat because it got too real. I expect more angst, more of an edge, more heat and dirtier talk when the author is writing as Ainsley Booth, so in that respect I wasn’t disappointed. For those of you who don’t know this author, she also writes as Zoe York. As Zoe she has several series of small town and Navy SEAL romances that I also enjoyed. If you like less angst and tend to the lighter, sweeter side, give those a try.