When Gage learned that George DiCarlo thought he would make a great match for his youngest daughter, Gage was not interested. Not even if she was beautiful, talented, kicked butt on hiking trails and could challenge even his love of skiing.
When Jonquil's learns about it a year later, her reaction is exactly the opposite. After watching the rest of her sisters fall in love with the men her father hoped they would connect with, she is curious about the one he had planned for her. But Gage is not making it easy and plenty of problems stand between them - her half-sister, Angela, from her family back in Philadelphia seems determined to keep her on her toes and threats against Gage's family keep them guessing all the way.
©2014 Heather Justesen (P)2014 Heather Justesen
I would definitely listen to another book by Valerie Gilbert.
I think a new refreshing take would have been a plus we've already had the gun toting villain
This is probably my least favorite book in the series. A lot of it seemed like it had already been done, the stuck in a cave, the villain chasing and shooting at the lead. so Jonquils story seemed like a repeat for awhile. I hated Natalie from the beginning and found myself hating them for enabling her. They should have told her to get lost and grow up a long time ago. overall this was an entertaining series, I just wish this last book would have been something new and refreshing. I listen to the book on audible the narrator did a fantastic job with each book in the series.
There is a lot going on here. Seriously, tons of things, almost too much. We have the regular issues with the romance, him fighting being matched and her attracted but not knowing why he is gun shy, same as the last book. That pretty much resolves itself on its own, with a few nudges from their friends.
Both of them have family issues going on, both with a younger sibling and a parent's health. I found both younger sisters unlike-able. Neither one of them appealed or felt like they belonged in the same family. Both were bratty and spoiled. I also felt Jonquil was disconnected from her Philly family.
Add on top of everything, Gage is having troubles at his resort. A pushing guy trying to get him to sell, loads of sudden repairs and his sister needing money for her gambling debts. Then things go down with the debts and his sister, so convoluted. The part with his mom could have been more detailed too. We didn't get much time to know her and decide about her personality.
Jonquil is a happy go lucky kind of gal who just wants to take care of people and flowers. She is a nature girl and loves hiking and sports. She is a perfect match for Gage, once he gets over himself.
This is a sweet romance, meaning closed bedroom door. Plenty of kissing and they do sleep together, but no details. Not sure the Christian Romance readers will be okay with the premarital sex. It is fairly clean though and rather fluffy.
All the drama in the story detracts from the romance. It is far more complicated than it needs to be and so busy. Personally, all that crazy family stuff drags down a full romance. They have a witty banter and great dynamic.
The narrative is split between the two leads. This really helps put you into their heads and get a fuller story. I prefer this for my romances because I love knowing both sides of the story.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Valerie Gilbert, who is one of my favorites. I love her smooth tones and the energy she puts into the read. She is always a joy to listen to and this was another happy journey. Her pace is swift enough to keep the story moving in slower moments. She is a compliment to the the story and well suited to the whole series.
This is the end of the series for me. I did not like Jonquil's sister and am not interested in reading her romance. My cousin feels differently, she is eager for the next book. It is all subjective! :)
Disclosure – I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.
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