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Posted February 5, 2013
Another great addition to the series.
In Complications we find Eric and Nick separated once more. Nick can't stand being second choice in Eric's life anymore and decides to move on. Although feeling hurt and rejected by Nick's decision, Eric appears to be comfortable in the place his life is at the moment. All that seems to be missing is having someone to share it with - someone to support him and care for him. With Nick gone and Ally back in his life, he finds in her a perfect candidate for a life partner. Smart and beautiful with a sense of humor that lightens Eric's mood, Ally is reluctant to take the role of Eric's wife. She wants the marriage to Eric be real with caring from both parties and with no unfaithfulness. Eric agrees to her terms and their life as a couple begins only to have Nick put it in jeopardy.
I have to say that I am not a fan of Ally. Never was, never will. But in this installment I had the chance to see a different side to her that made her feel real to me which in the end helped me connect to her a bit more than before. She is assertive and knows what she wants, which I have always liked in a main character. She stood up to Eric but at the same time showed her caring side each step of the way.
In this installment we see a different side of Eric too. No longer haunted by his past to the extent of causing harm to himself, Eric has grown from the troubled young man we met in book one into a caring, thoughtful man who is looking into the future with a new perspective in life - to be happy. His thoughts are positive and his perception of himself has improved, but underneath it all he still loves Nick and finds it hard to let go of what they shared. He is determined to make this marriage work but even though he opens up to Ally he never does it in the way he did with Nick.
The writing was everything I have come to expect from Cat Grant. With great insight into the characters, fun and engaging dialog and sexual chemistry abound, she brought to the page the growth each character has made and how their life's experiences have shaped them after their college years. I appreciated the doubts and motives that came forward in regards to the marriage between Eric and Ally. I think it put into perspective how much Eric believed he was ready to move on and Ally's ambition.
This is a cast of characters I love to hate. One moment I'm cheering and supporting them then I'm cursing the hell out of them. This novella brought to a lot of those feelings in me again. I didn't want them to get together, then I saw how good they were for each other so I accepted it only to have to question my feelings again when Nick returned. Well played Cat Grant, well played. I am truly hooked and invested in these characters. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series to see how this all works out for these characters.
Posted February 2, 2013
The path to a HEA for Eric and Nick continues to be rocky as political aspirations have led Eric to make choices that are devastating to Nick and the love they have for one another. Nick in turn, and out of anger and spite, does something equally as hurtful and they're once again left living separate lives.
Enter good friend to both men, Ally, who's down on her luck and reconnects with Eric in a BIG way. Reeling from loneliness, Eric latches on to the only remaining person in his life that he feels he can count on. They're relationship starts out super steamy and they seem very compatible. They both benefit from being together in that he can help her in her career and she is the perfect arm candy for a future politician. She expects his fidelity which he truly believes himself capable of but the specter of Nick constantly hangs over their relationship. As a reader, I felt that Ally was merely a pit stop for Eric. He hates to be alone and he caught her in a moment of need and weakness. Their marriage feels like a business with really great benefits as the sexual encounters between them are numerous and super steamy. Their connection is apparent but feels one-sided and superficial as time went on.
Those who hate cliffhangers will find themselves screaming at the end of this as an unexpected encounter very late in the story leads to a game changing view of the future. This trio is full of damaged people who continually hurt one another which makes them unlikable from time to time. When you just KNOW two people are meant to be together it becomes frustrating the longer their stupidity keeps them apart. At the end of this story I again wanted to smack Eric and Nick alongside their heads.
Cat Grant's series continues to keep me engaged as I've become fully invested in Nick and Eric's outcome. I might not always like their actions but I still want them to achieve their HEA as fate has been unkind to them long enough. After all the pain they've put each other through they've earned peace and happiness and I'm anticipating what the next book brings!
Posted February 20, 2011
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