I'm not one to go through the whole book and give my take. This series would not be the hits and best sellers that they are if they were bad.
I devoured the first three. Loved the tension between Merit and Ethan.
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When Ethan died I cried and cursed the author. I didn't know how she would bring him back but a few things, like so many others, SERIOUSLY DISAPPOINTED ME to the point where I was thinking what the hell.
Merit's grief when Ethan dies is way too brief. He loves her and she loves him and in two weeks it's back to business ... that too quick wrap up was a disservice to the great characters that Ms. Neil created. Merit's quick recovery from her grief was awful, heartless and empty. It was like the author needed to come to an ending fast so let's just move on to the next book. Awful.
Which brings us to Ethan's rise from the ashes and their reunion. Again, these two characters , apart for months, have a brief emotional reunion, discuss the politics of the house ( I was scratching my head thinking what ????? ) and then we move right into a sexual reunion that feels completely emotionless and totally lacking in pAssion, which was what this couple always exuded. Here's Merit , having the gift of her lover and heart returned against all odds and she is still fearing for her heart. Although that reaction is brief as the reader, again, you're like wth. Then the reader doesn't get to see merit and Ethan's physical reunion in the sense of what Merit is thinking holding her beloved again. Here we have another view of the author rushing things along in order to meet a deadline or at least that's how it feels. The most emotionally intense parts of these two books, losing Ethan and his return, are treated as... whatever.
Shame on you Ms Neil for treating your readers and the love between these two great characters with such cavalier disregard.
I'm getting nervous about the future of this series.