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Ace. Rachel. Cruz. It's been a long time coming!
We meet all three early in the series; we also get snippets of them. We get Ace, the wild one who likes tagging along and participating in anything that is lewd and fun in a dirty way. Rachel is the quiet one, it takes time for her to do daring things but she gets there and she takes the bull by its horns. Cruz was the Soldier, silent but he quickly became part of the family, fighting in the cage, winning.
All three of them are connected from the beginning. Rachel and Ace. Rachel and Cruz. Cruz and Ace. And finally, in the fourth installment we get all three of them, together. Takes them a while, a pretty rough journey to get there but they do. And when they do... They do it O'Kane style.
We get to see so many things in this part! We get clues into further stories - *cough* Maddox *cough* - and we meet new characters but also get to hang out with old favorites.
Rachel. She grew up in a shadier part of Eden, a part not acknowledged by many. She grew up having street smarts but she was loved by her family. She found a new one with the O'Kanes.
Ace didn't have it as good as her. Nor Cruz. Both of them had had it rough and they did their best to survive, given the circumstances.
Ace broke my damn heart. I wanted to shout at him, tell him he deserves what Rachel and Cruz are offering him and to b*tch-slap him. But I got it. I got him.
"We spark, angel. We spark so bright, and I always thought I'd woo you nice and slow and you'd adore me. But you only ever see the worst in me, and there's so much worst to see."
"You think I know what to do with a woman's heart?"
"You got your saint, Rae. Just... promise me you need a sinner, too."
Cruz surprised me and he also got me to blush a few times and to fan myself. This guy has many layers I was only happy to peel off. Underneath it all is the real Lorenzo Cruz.
"Cruz met her eyes, held them. There was a wild sort of hunger there, an intensity that had seemed closer to the surface lately."
Cruz slipped his hand free of her pants. "I want both of you in my bed. Naked."
"Rachel and Ace were his. If that meant razing everything in his path, it would be worth it. As long as they were alive. As long as they were safe."
And since I mentioned my favorite O'Kane, Maddox, I just have to say that I got a few good doses of him - I was really counting on it. But what I read and found out not only stunned me but broke my damn heart. I got glimpses into the real Maddox. Including his real name. [I won't tell, you'll have to read to find out!] But after reading about him? I felt gutted. Crushed. Kaput. I had a bad feeling and then what I was afraid of happened, my heart stopped then I was all, `No, no, no, no' and after breathing a little bit easier, wham! I cried. And I cried hard. I still get teary-eyed when I remember.
"Mad hated the dark. He hated the silence of it, the emptiness."
"Mad was oblivious, his bare, bruised chest heaving with every breath, his dark eyes seeing nothing."
Another bam? Towards the end. I held my breath and again, wiped away the tears but oh, everything works out and you breathe easy.
"You two are all the colors I've been missing," Ace whispered, closing his eyes. "I'm going to make gorgeous f***ing art with you."
But the ending left me wanting more and wanting it now. But luckily Bree and Donna took mercy on us and before the next book is out, we'll be getting a novella.
As always, hot sex, Fight Night, blowing things up, street brawl because after all, Dallas O'Kane has to remind us he still has it and that he's a freaking King and leader.
"Dallas O'Kane had patience... until he didn't. And then he burned s*** to the ground."
"Family is loyalty. That's what being an O'Kane means."
P.S. This has been THE BEST so far! Can't wait for more. O'Kane for life.