So yesterday, I read this short novella and I've got to say it was an enjoyable read. It had all the fluff a girl could possibly need; the birth of a cute baby and Damien and Nikki's relationship is always a pleasure to witness.
The only thing I'd say in a negative response was the lack of suspense. There were two suspense moments in the book. The first the moment when Nikki first sees Frank. As far as suspense goes it was beautifully done, especially because of it's effect on her relationship with Damien. It was very real. However, throughout the rest of the book the suspense was just missing. If anything, I felt like I knew what was going to happen. It was pretty obvious that Nikki would get into the car with Frank. It was also way too apparent who Frank was... but then perhaps that was intentional. It is really hard to get a big plot like this one with all the emotional turbulence it causes Nikki into a few short pages. The final suspense moment that seemed lacking was the moment of the birth. It seems a bit ridiculous that everything was just fine when they all finally arrived at the hospital... but to make up for that, there is the chance to read a parallel story about Syl and Jackson so we can't complain too much.
All in all, I loved it. I know it probably sounds like I didn't but I really did. It's hard not to love J. Kenner's work. She has a habit of making you love her characters so much that just like her, you can't put them down. It's interesting because sometimes I wonder if Nikki and Damien's story is perhaps not over, but passed it's crux and then I remember that even if that is true, I still want to hear all about the little, perhaps slightly less traumatic, less dramatic moments.
As well as all of that, this book also gave us an amazing opportunity to get to know Dallas a little better. He's a pretty sound guy - but definitely a bit of a man whore. Although if the sneak peek at the end of the book is anything to go by, his story is going to be something altogether different and tragically heartbreaking. I'm so excited about reading it next month.
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