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“You know that saying, “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?”
That’s a crock. Whoever said it didn’t know a fucking thing about love. Ignorance is better; it’s painless.”
It is almost impossible to write this review without spoilers. Out of respect for the story, I will stick with just the details of how this story made me feel. And boy, did it make me feel!
The story starts with the Drew and Kate wonderfulness just like we left them after Tangled. They are funny, sweet and oh-so HOT! This book is written from Kate’s POV. I missed Drew’s voice like crazy, but it was great to get to hear from Kate. Gotta love Kate’s spunk! And we get lots of it!
As the story progresses, there is a horrible misunderstanding that, as a reader, was terribly frustrating to read. It was handled even worse, by both parties. NOW, let’s stop right there, shall we? I was reading through the “Argument from Hell” (as I call it,) and growing thoroughly annoyed with Kate and Drew, but then I remembered something… This is KATE & DREW! She is stubborn as all get out and he is reactive and impulsive when he is hurt. So as the story unfolds, it all makes sense. Is it how I would like to think I would handle this issue? Nope. Am I Kate? Nope. So I kept reading…
We get to see a lot of Kate doing her thing in this story. We learn that she is not quite the good girl Drew presented her as in Tangled. She learns a lot about the kind of woman she wants to be and makes, what I think, is a very brave decision. I was shocked when she did it, but so proud. Her strength was admirable. It was great to see Kate just be herself. There is a day during the story where she lets everything go and we see this entire other side of her. It is awesome.
Drew was, well, Drew. He got his ass handed to him and he deserved it. But he’s Drew and he took it like a man. He screwed up, (BIG TIME) and he owned it. He was the man we all fell in love with in the first book.
What I love the most about these books is the wickedly clever humor. Only Emma Chase can write of horrific, gut-wrenching emotion and make you laugh out loud while reading it. The writing is fabulous and tight. The story flows seamlessly and the characters develop from page to page in an even and realistic manner.
To sum it all up: Truth. These stories are about truth. It is not flowers and poetry; it is raw and honest emotion and ideas that run through the minds of everyday people. It is wrapped in humor, sweetness and love, but at the end of the day, what has drawn so many people to these books is that they can relate to the characters so strongly. The inner monologues align with what so many of us would be thinking and feeling during similar events. Bravo to Emma Chase for capturing that!
I give this book 4.5 Stars and Vodka from the bottle, just like Kate and her crew!
This ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.