My rating: 4 of 5 stars
***I was provided an ARC by Netgalley for an honest review***
***Caution: This review has spoilers! ***
This is the second book and finishes Annie and Dylan’s story. The story starts where book 1 leaves off. Annie and Dylan have to learn to navigate their new relationship while dealing with a lot chaos around them. Annie is learning to live with herself after killing Hoyt. Dylan has to learn to open up to Annie. They both have to keep safe while their world becomes more and more dangerous.
I was definitely excited to complete Annie and Dylan’s story. While I did enjoy part 2, I found the pace much slower than book 1. It was still a very erotic and steamy read, but there were parts that I thought O’Keefe could have maybe cut out. Also, it ended rather abruptly. At 94%, there was still so much action going on and I kept wondering how this book can be ending with so much still happening. I didn’t see how the book could be wrapped up so shortly. The ending felt rushed with loose ends still hanging. This might be a way to set up for other books because I was left with many questions regarding Max and Blake. I got a little frustrated with Annie and Dylan at certain times too. Normally, I really like Annie but she became obstinate about Ben and staying at the trailer to care for him. I was also frustrated with Dylan because he was letting his insecurities control him too much at times, losing his sexy alpha male appeal. Eventually Annie and Dylan figured it out, but it was a bit frustrating watching them run in circles and make bad decisions.
I think the best part of the book was watching Dylan open up about how hurt he was when his brother and father abandoned him after he got out of jail. It was raw, real, and so beautiful. Dylan just wanted to their love and he didn’t understand why they just left him. Watching Dylan and Max just shit and talk was one of the best moments. It was innocent and a beautiful moment between two brothers needing one another. I was also happy to see Ben and Dylan get some of their relationship back. These family moments are what stole the book for me. While book 1 was hot and heavy and all about Annie and Dylan, I found I was more focused on Dylan and his family relationships in book 2. Overall, it was a good read.