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What a great fourth book in the series. I love Jamie and Ellison's story. I like the whole fellowship thing, it is a bit like the mafia but I like the way fellowships ways more. Cannot wait to find out what will happen in the future. Not going to give you any of the story, but it is a must read.
This book is so OMG I don't want it to end... seriously guys. You all know the feeling like yeah there has to be more. I was like crying baby who wants more. I must admit I loved every sentence, every syllable and every letter. The way this book is written is story on its own and also extention of Sin and Bleu's story. You get all the characters you already met in Sin trilogy ( well except the ones who died ;) ) Jamie Breckenridge the hot as hell doc can't decide what's the best for him and his love. He doesn't feel like he can protect his love enough and is prepared to let her go into another man's arms only to keep her protected from The Order. Ellison MacAllister haven't wanted anything more than Jamie since she left the US soil. She is prepared to fight for her love and show him she's worth everything. Can she convince him to become his? Can he see that there isn't another way to be with the woman he wants and loves more than anything only to claim her?
This was a nice read and i think it def helps to read the sin series before this as it will make it clear how the characters relate to each other and develop. It is also easier to see and understand the world they live in and how it works. Jamie and ellison are matched really well even if it took him time to come round to it.
I give this book 3 and 1/2 stars. It's no secret how much I enjoyed the first 3 books in the sin series. I liked the authors style and how she created a the love story between Sin and Bleu. We also met Bleu's sister Ellison. I liked her because she has her own flare. Where Bleu was all about revenge and career driven Elli is soft, high maintenance with a wild streak. We also began to see the interest begin to develop between her and Jamie. I preordered this book patiently waiting. The beginning is great because there is that sexual tension between the two only Jamie wears his poker face leaving Ell questioning his interest. The girl is not shy with her questions about his take on a future bride and this leads us to the first steamy scene between the two when Jamie lets Ellison know exactly how attracted he is to her. Then the frustration for me starts to peek its head.
Jamie is described as an alpha and starts to demonstrate his awesomeness until his reasoning interferes and he pulls away. Prepare yourself because Jamie feels he isn't the right man for Ell. He is so obviously interested and the two share the medical background as he is a doctor for the fellowship and she is a nurse from the states. It's not only that but the two admit on several occasions that there is no other. My angst grew with each rejection and Sin has to introduce her to the fellowship to be claimed and Jamie stood back as countless men make their intentions known. Some like angst I get this but for me the scene on one page is Jamie taking control pushing her up against the wall with no appologies, which is hot, but then WAAAHHH I'm just a doctor and I can't protect her from the order. To me Sin was hot because he took no names and no one would dare touch his Bleu and that confidence was so sexy but for me Jamie was written like pu$$y. Sorry, but an alpha fights for his woman that's his appeal, he does not question rather or not he can protect her from the order or anyone else because as an alpha he bows to no ones rules! He is the rule!!
I flipped through some of the whining, sorry I just couldn't take the sulking and his inner dialogue about the men that were real men willing to claim her, and making comments like," He isn't right for my girl", WTF? Okay, but then it begins to pick back up as the man finally, gets a clue and before he can tell Ell the order opens fire on him and abducts not only Ell but Jamie's sister, Westlyn. Don't worry no one dies in this book. Keiran Hendry is the ring leader of this bold move but IMO I don't believe that he is as ruthless as he is portrayed. He and Westlyn get the next book as the order and fellowship have created a peace bargain of sorts. It takes away that dangerous edge that I have enjoyed throughout the series and with its possibility to end in the next book or so I fear it will ruin what is part of its attraction for me. Sin younger brother Mitch has agreed to marry the eldest Hendry's daughter as well as part of this treaty but apparently she is a bit of a stubborn soul and is rebelling a bit. Things I did enjoy were the Bleu and Sin as parents, the baby batter scene between Jamie and Ell, don't ask just read. One thing I think should have been mentioned was a phrase Sin used in the first three it is used in the fellowship to show seeing home in the others eyes, " Into me, you see." I thought it should have been explained if people read this as a stand alone, which it is. A person with that exception could easily start with this one, but why The first three are great? Enjoy!
Ellison is an American transplant that followed her sister Bleu to Scotland. Jamie is a doctor in The Fellowship. They’re similar to the mafia but without drugs and guns; more like a biker gang. Ellison decides she wants to join the Fellowship. It’s the only way she can have a relationship with her sister, her niece and nephews. Jamie wants Ellison but doesn’t believe he can protect her from The Order, The Fellowship’s rivals. Jamie is too much of a wuss to claim Ellison but no one else can have her. Ellison enjoys the outdated methods of the Fellowship. It somehow makes her feel wanted and valuable.
To say that this book had some pretty archaic thoughts on women, marriage and loyalty is an understatement. The Order kidnaps The Fellowship women on a regular basis. The women are beat and raped and then dropped on The Fellowship’s doorstep. The women become damaged goods. They can never marry a Brother. No man wants used up women. The Brothers only want to marry submissive, virgins that will pop out babies ASAP. The ending consists of Ellison and Jamie concocting a fake pregnancy in order to be a couple.
I disliked this book with my whole being. I would not recommend it nor will I continue the series.
Another addicting book in the Sin series! Loved, loved, LOVED it!!
Jamie & Ellison were such great match. Every interaction between them was entertaining to watch; the barbs, the glances, the doctor/nurse stuff, the horizontal mambo... They just felt so natural & right together.
Jamie... "Doc" was pretty dreamy, even if I wanted to junk punch him a time or two. So protective, strong, determined & dominant in the bedroom... *le sigh* His attempts to push Ellison away but still keep her close at the same time gave me whiplash. I was thrilled to bits when Leith called him out that! P.S. Really wish his "upsuck" theory would've panned out for him & Ellison!
Ellison... I admired her backbone, her enthusiasm, her ability to handle sticky situations & the way she loved her family. Extremely happy that she never got confirmation on Jamie's past with Lorna. I am so tired of yet another heroine who wants to know about it. Bury that sexual history crap. Forever.
So, that marriage treaty at the end... Gah! Can't wait to find out what did happen & what's gonna happen between Kieran & Westlyn!! One-clicking their book, Unintended, as soon as I finish this review. :)
Side Note: Where was my epilogue? I wanted vows, babies & the last words in the book to be about Jamie & Ellison since it was their story!
Georgia Cates has blessed us once again with a visit to Scotland as we peek in on the lives of the brothers of crime syndicate, the Fellowship, in her latest novel Endurance.
Before I get into the details of this book, if you have never heard of this series, feel free to read the previous books or check out my reviews here. You don’t have to read the first three books in order to follow along but I strongly suggest it. It helps you understand who the Fellowship is, what they stand for, and the trouble they have brewing.
Sin and Bleu spoiled me in the previous books. The trilogy was everything I could ask for and more. You all know how much I love a romantic suspense novel. Whenever The Sin Series is brought up, I think sensual, sexy, dangerous, fire and brimstone type stories.
Read on at your own risk.
Like the title of this book, Endurance, is definitely the theme of this novel.
Ellison is Bleu’s sister, a former nurse who moved to Scotland to be with Bleu and her children. She’s not a part of the Fellowship but has chosen to become apart in order to stay with family.
Jamie is the Fellowship’s doctor and Sin’s cousin. He’s not on the ground like the other men and even though he is hopelessly in love with Ellison, doesn’t feel like he can properly protect her. That is a crock of shit to be honest, but whatever.
Jamie had these grand illusions of what he couldn’t give her and Ellison was initially too damn shy to say how much she wanted him.
To get closer to Ellison before he has to “officially” let her go, so to speak, he came up with an idea that needs Ellison’s nursing skills and had the two of them living together. Bless Sin’s heart for allowing this to happen, by the way. As we all could have guessed, things quickly heated up and these two realized that they couldn’t be apart.
While the romance was central to the story, we were made privy to Fellowship business as the war between them and The Order continued. Without giving too much away regarding that, things escalate and Ellison and Jamie’s sister, Westlyn, are affected. The world of the Fellowship got a lot more real for Ellison than I think she was prepared for at that particular time.
I must say that the Fellowship business took precedence over the romance storyline for me. Jamie and Ellison lacked a really good storyline, in my opinion. It needed a bit more ummph. Yes, he thought he couldn’t protect her but what else? He stepped up pretty quickly when her life was at risk.
Endurance was quite entertaining and filled with lots of grit and eroticism that readers who are familiar with this series have come to expect. These Scottish men are passionate, arrogant as all hell but as protective and loving as you would want.
I liked the secondary characters in this book a lot and am patiently waiting for the following stories: Westlyn and Kieran, Lorna and Leith, and if we’re lucky, Mitch and Shaw!
The Sin Trilogy is one of my top 3 series. I just love it and next to Bleu and Sin, Jamie is my favorite character. Ellison was introduced in book 3 of the series. She is feisty and holds her own and when she first encountered Jamie, there was an instant attraction to him. I think she refers to him as a "hot Scot". I don't know why it took me so long to read this book. I started to read it and then felt I should get a refresher and went back and reread The Sin Trilogy (because reading it 3 times already wasn't enough). Then I read this book and I devoured Jamie and Ellison's story. Loved it! Another masterpiece by Georgia Cates, the writer of hot Scots.
This is my first book by Georgia Cates but, by golly, it won't be the last.
I adored this book from the first deliciously-crafted word to the last. Although I haven't read the Sin Trilogy, I had no issue in picking up and understanding the plot, the world, or the characters and damn was that refreshing. A lot of times authors cite books as standalone that are building on characters introduced in other books or series and they turn out to be anything but standalone. I cite Endurance as a perfect example of how to write a spin-off book/series and not skimp on the character development. I didn't feel like I missed out on a thing by not having read the other series first and I applaud the author for the perfect execution of this story.
Jamie is the Fellowship's doctor so he largely avoids any front line action. It's an honorable role to everyone but his despicable mother and I understand his deceased father was unhappy with his life choice, too, having favored him for a leadership role. Jamie suffers under the weight of their disappointment/disapproval and subsequently doesn't feel like he is worthy of Ellison.
Ellison is crushing on Jamie big style but growing increasingly frustrated with his apparent lack of interest. When it becomes obvious that he's as into her as she is into him, she is exasperated at his unwillingness to step up and claim her. Jamie thinks he's doing the right thing because he believes one of his brothers can protect her better, even though the thought of anyone else claiming her is killing him. Ellison thinks he's being downright pig-headed and sets out to change his mind.
I loved both main characters and could relate to their perspectives. They were perfect together! A fantastic team - both personally and professionally. I really wanted to knock some sense into Jamie but I had faith that Ellison could pull it off successfully. Their chemistry was scorching hot and I was so rooting for this couple.
I loved Georgia's writing style and the pace was perfect - it was never overly described and there was no filler and no tendency to skim. It clipped along at a nice steady pace.
The plot was a little on the flimsy side at times but that didn't matter as the relationship was the main focus point and that was pure perfection on a page.
I enjoyed the world building and I'm definitely intrigued to know more. I also enjoyed the secondary characters.
All in all, this was a really great read and I look forward to reading more in this world in the future.
Thanks to Inkslinger PR for providing a free, advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.