Series: 100 Series #3
Published by Lara Adrian, LLC on July 31st 2017
FINAL DECISION: I really wanted to love this book, but I found too many things that just bothered me about this couple and the story. I’m willing to give it another chance by reading the trilogy as a whole, but the construction of the series with its multiple dramatic cliffhangers, just felt like too much running in place even as I enjoyed the overall arch of the story.
THE STORY: In this third book in the trilogy about Nick and Avery, the two are apart after Avery finds out about Nick’s deceptions. Yet these two damaged people are drawn back together just as Avery is beginning to rebuild her life. Now there are even more secrets from the past that come back. All must be resolved if these two have any possibility of moving forward.
OPINION: This was a good ending to the series, but honestly, by the time these two get back together, I think I had had enough of their drama. After all the drama and “betrayal” and anger that keeps the two apart for a year, they seem to get back together without much having been done.
I’m wondering if this series would feel better for me if I re-read it all at once. Knowing that the cliffhangers between the books will happen, knowing that Nick and Avery will have a angsty, drama-filled, off and on, hot and cold relationship, I might like the entirety of the drama better. I think the wait between the segments tired me somewhat of the drama (although I’m usually a great fan of angst filled, over the top stories). For some reason, little things bugged me in this story. “Enough already” I said a couple of times. I don’t believe you are really going to stay away and I don’t really understand why a year had to pass before the action picks up here.
I liked so much of this story overall, but those little things just kept itching me, until I found that it was good, but not great. I think the last half of this book is better than the first half, but one thing that kept bothering me is that it seemed that Avery becomes demanding that everything be done her way. In some ways, it felt like Nick wasn’t so much changed as neutered in parts of this book as he desperately tries to do what he can to hang onto Avery. I do like men who have done wrong to grovel, but I still want them to be the strong, dominate men they are. Just something about the formulation here bothered me.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book has discussions of sexual abuse.
CONNECTED BOOKS: For 100 Reasons is the third and final book in the 100 Reasons Trilogy. This book should only be read as part of the trilogy since the books follow the relationship of one couple and thus depend upon the information in the prior books.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.