by Rachel Lacey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a pretty sweet romance. Despite being the third of a series, it can be read alone and I don’t feel like you really lose anything by not knowing more about some of the other characters that were a focus in the series.
The characters were interesting and had depth, but I do feel like a few story elements sort of fell to the wayside by the end of the book. Piper’s issues, which were a central focus of the story, felt a little unresolved at the end.
I mentioned above that this book could be read as a standalone and that is very true. There’s appearances of characters from the previous two books, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out. (Full disclosure: I have not read the first book in this series, but I did read the second.) I enjoyed these characters. Their personalities have depth and I felt like both main characters, Piper and Chloe, are distinct enough that I enjoyed each of their parts for different reasons. Piper’s character did feel just the slightest bit undefined. I understood her instant connection and essential love at first sight with Chloe, but her willingness to spend her vacation and jump into bed with her so quickly didn’t feel quite as believable.
I have a slight soft spot for long distance romances so that appealed to me and I felt it was very well done. Chloe’s insecurity when she sees Piper networking felt a bit like forced drama that kind of came out of nowhere. It seems like it was added just for the sake of adding drama. My only other issue I had was the fact that Piper’s anxiety about being on the subway and being recognized felt unresolved at the end of the book. This was a central plot point to the story and was a constant ting she was dealing with the whole time, yet it felt like it kind of dropped off at the end. I would have liked to see them maybe making plans to help her overcome it more or even an off hand comment that it was fixed in a time jump.
This was an enjoyable romance with an interesting plot, and so for my favorite in the series. I can honestly say I would enjoy seeing these two again.