I don’t know what to say with this one. The story was lovely- I loved getting to know Conway and Vanessa. It’s nice to move on to new stories in a fictional world I’ve enjoyed. My overall satisfaction was nowhere near what it was when I read some of her other books...
*two tiny hiccups (the first I’ve ever caught from Penelope Sky)
1-This story opens up with Conway trying to find Muse after she has left him... he turns to carter for help, explaining that he doesn’t know her last name. Except- Carter is the one who discovered her Identity in the first book and Conway has since paid off her debts including taxes and student loans. Clearly, it’s been established he knows her identity. Kinda caught me off guard because Sky is always on point with her continuity.
2- a 300mil contract for a lingerie model, signed for 10 years is so unbelievable I had to chuckle.
All this being said- It felt a little like maybe Sky was under a lot of pressure to pump out pages while the iron was hot & a few aspects weren’t handled with the consideration she’s given in the past. Content gets shorter and shorter and this story could have been wrapped up effectively in two books instead of four. I understand her work is valuable to her and it’s how she makes a living but I hope she realizes that she is likely to lose some of her fan base if stories are broken down into shorter content and stretched out into a series in this manner. The buttons series was more substantial & worth every penny. This series would have been better wrapped up in fewer and longer installments.
It’s still a decent product but it doesn’t feel like it’s worth the cost in the end when readers are being milked 2x as much to wrap up a story they’re invested in.
I may read one or two more but if content remains shortened and books are wrapped up at times that seem illogical in the big picture (in order to get more $ from readers) I won’t be likely to continue reading the works she produces in the future.
I’ll be disappointed because Penelope Sky definitely has a talent that I enjoy. I just don’t enjoy being taken advantage of by an author because she had such explosive success.