Review: If I Ever by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

What the hell did I just read? I honestly don’t know.

I wanted to enjoy this book. I really did. In fact, I finally got around to reading book 3 recently just so I could be ready to see how Tom and Prophet’s story finally ended. I’m sad to say, it culminated in a convoluted violent and sexually aggressive mess.

These books have always been heavy in the sex department. Tom and Prophet always connected best when they did it physically — and usually with a little bit of kink. But I felt like all this book was, was action and sex.

Maybe that makes you perk up, and if I read that in a review I would probably perk up too. But this happened at the expense of the plot. So nothing really happens? you might ask. No. Way, way too much happens with too many people. I honestly had no idea what was going on half of the time. Reading a book should not be this much work to follow along.

This is supposed to be the installment where the guys finally track down John and defeat the Big Bad. And they do, but I could barely follow along. I didn’t know who all of the characters were. And spoiler alert, the John issue is resolved at about halfway through. That should’ve been the big ending, y’all. Instead, the book drags onto a whole bunch of other shit I didn’t care about. Yes, I get that this big surprise betrayal at the end is supposed to be a big deal, but I was so exhausted by the time we got to it, I was fighting the urge to skim. Fighting hard.

Beyond that, one of the main characters gets raped on page and it is treated like it is no big deal. Even worse, he’s able to have sex with his lover’s magical healing peen right after. This is 50 shades of wrong for me. All I could do was shake my head and roll my eyes. This is not what I want to read. This is not the true love conquers all that I’ve been waiting for.

There’s a bunch of Prophet being an asshole and Tom dealing with it by having more sex with him. More characters. More characters. More characters. And deaths and explosions and betrayals and it’s all so much information at such a frenetic pace. This book could’ve been so much better paired down by at least 1/3.

I say all this, knowing that mine is an unpopular opinion. Fans of this series are giving it five stars left and right. Obviously, your mileage may vary. But for me, I honestly had to fight to get to the end of this book. The HEA is all fine and good, but the getting there… I’m sorry, it was not worth the journey through this book.

*ARC provided by publisher

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If I Ever
by SE Jakes
Release Date: January 21, 2019
Publisher: Riptide

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