It’s hard to say goodbye to Ty and Zane, but it’s time. Maybe even a little past time. Things started changing after Stars & Stripes. The Sidewinder team started taking on a bigger and bigger role in the books, to the point where sometimes it became frustrating. Nick, especially, has become a third main character. And while I like him fine, I’d rather read more about him in his own series. All that being said, I’m such a fan. Ty and Zane, well, I love them. It’s been a wild ride, but I can walk away from this book, satisfied with their HEA, and that is no small thing.
This is the culmination of an arc that began with Touch & Geaux: that trip to New Orleans, the cartel, the death of Ty’s mentor, and his estrangement from Nick. It’s about getting answers; and maybe the truths revealed here were always true, but I’ve got to tell you, it doesn’t feel like it. To me, it felt like the traitors revealed were only recently set up to be so — a plot device to fuel the last few books. I think that’s another reason I’ve felt less connected to the books lately, but I’ve loved the core romance so much, it has overshadowed my frustrations.
Almost every tertiary character plays a part in this story. All the family members, friends, allies… they’re all back, giving us a big homecoming feeling. I definitely felt a finale vibe in that. Chester gives us a good laugh; Zane gets some resolution with his mom. The Sidewinder bonds of brotherhood are tested and reestablished. And for some characters, we must say a final goodbye. A lot is happening. It moves fast. There is much angst. But in the end, it all comes down to what it always does: the love between our two main characters.
Ty and Zane have both grown so much. They were as dysfunctional as two characters could be when this series started. What Abigail Roux has done so exceptionally, regardless of the subplotting or Sidewinder intrusion, is build a core romance that resonates. She has made me fall in love with these men as they fell in love with each other. She has broken them down and built them back up again as better men, stronger for the love they have in one another. They feel like real people to me. Their love feels epic and encompassing. And I wouldn’t trade my time with them, despite any other issues I may have with the books. That’s something pretty special.
So, bottom line: it’s not the best book in the series. There is still a lot Nick. And I am a bit skeptical about the Big Bad. BUT. I am satisfied with the ending Roux gave me for my beloved characters. I am happy with their Happily Ever After. And I am glad I got the chance to watch them go through the fire one last time.
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Crash & Burn
by Abigail Roux
Release Date: March 28, 2015