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This was a very good story. I wasn't sure if I'd like Cher and Merry as a couple but once I started reading I found that I really like them together.
Cher has had a rough life but has made the best she could out of what she has. Cher got pregnant at a young age by her boyfriend who then took all her money and ran out on her. She didn't have much so she became a stripper in order to give her son, Ethan, the best life she could. Then she fell for a man that she thought was good but ended up being a serial killer (see book #1 in the series, For You). While that sucked, she found friends and a better life as a result but she didn't have a man and figured she'd never be lucky enough to actually find a good man that would love her.
Merry is a police officer and the brother to Rocky (the heroine from book #3, Golden Trail). He was married but divorced his wife, Mia due to some issues left over from childhood trauma. The whole town thought that Mia was Merry's "one" and many thought they'd eventually get back together.
When the story begins, Merry is in J&Js (a bar that Cher works in) drinking after hearing that Mia is engaged to marry another man. Cher is working and her and Merry are friends and have been for years. She is supportive of him and makes him realize that maybe the issues with his Ex weren't all his problem and maybe they weren't such a perfect match after all. As a result, they end up spending a night together and have a night of awesome sex. The problem is that Merry thinks that Cher will be ok going on as just friends (and I wasn't too happy with Merry because of how he handled things at first). Cher has loved Merry for years but is sure a "woman like her" won't get more so she tries to be the best friend she can be to him.
Something changes though and Merry decides that maybe he wants more with Cher after all...the problem now becomes that Cher is stuck in the mindset that Merry only wants her for sex and nothing else. Merry ends up having some problems trying to get her to believe they could have more. With some time and a good amount of effort, Merry gets in there but it's not easy and they both are broken in certain ways so they have to work hard not to screw things up between them. Their situation isn't helped by (among other things) the fact that when Mia realizes that Merry is moving on, she's not happy about it and does her best to impede their growing relationship. Regardless of their issues (both internal and external) Merry and Cher do their best to work through things together and make things work between them. They have some drama and a bit of danger to deal with but in the end, they get their HEA together.
I enjoyed this story very much. I really liked Merry and Cher together. As secondary characters in previous books, I liked them alright but I wasn't as excited for their book as I have been for others. Once I got the feel of them together, I found that I really liked them as a couple and was rooting for them to get their happy ending. While not perfect, the story was pretty good and gave a good platform for Merry and Cher's growing relationship. I'd recommend this story. :D
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
You know when you hear about a book or movie coming out and get are really excited because you are sure it is going to be something you enjoy. Then when if finally comes out, there is a bit of apprenetion because you are not sure it will live up to all the expectations you have set. Well I am here to say, I did that for this book and it still exceeded my expectations, and the bar was really high. This is a repeat list for me for sure. I savored this book, since it is the last, and in some ways my favorite of the 'burg stories. I highly recommend this one and anything else with Kristen Ashley's name on it. You cannot go wrong here.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The h in this book is bold, brassy, over-the-top sexy and the sort of person who never gives up no matter how tough life gets. She had come from a life of hard knocks and learnt – the hard way – to depend on no one. That said, she was fiercely loving to her son and inspired loyalty from those around her.
The H had spent the past ten years married to, divorced from, but still loving and missing another woman. I didn’t like him at first. He had moped around yearning after his ex-wife for years, hooking up with her occasionally, but still sleeping around with casual females inbetween these hook-ups. It was sort of weird. Even more weird was that when the “love of his life” got engaged to another man, he had a drunken one night stand with the h, and suddenly decides that he is completely over his ex and wants to get involved with the h. Since the H and h have been friends for years and he has never shown any indication of wanting more than friendship, this was difficult to understand.
Also a bit illogical was the h going on and on about how her life sucked and she didn’t deserve a “good man”. Why? Her past had “sucked” but she had worked hard and had a decent job, a decent home, a great group of loyal friends, a loving mum and a fabulous son. Yet we got endless self doubt from the h, and the belief that she was bound to mess up any chance she had at happiness? I just didn’t get why she would think this way.
I also have to agree with other reviewers about the h’s son. He is charming and adorable, but if it wasn’t for the constant reference to his age, I would have thought that it was an editing error that made him 10/11 years old, rather than the 16 or 17 he should have been to fit with his character.
However for all my criticisms above, I did enjoy the developing romance. To his credit, the H (eventually) realised that the failure of his relationship with his ex was partly his fault and he set about ensuring that he did not ruin his chance to have something good with the h by making the same mistakes.
That said, the book did drag a little after the couple got together. This happened pretty soon in the book so there was no “would they/wouldn’t they” suspense that makes a good romance. The second half of the book then sort of fizzled out. Problems with the h’s ex wanting custody, the H’s ex wanting him back and the criminal element living next to the h promised excitement but failed to deliver. In the end the focus seemed to be on endless domestic issues – birthday party organising, Christmas decorations etc, and it was ok but not exactly enthralling.
I did enjoy this book, I liked the epilogue but this was only because I had read all the previous books and knew the characters. This book is not the best in KA’s library, and I have no urge to read it again, but it was ok and worth a credit.
I hope there will be another Burg book, but I fear this is the last. I know I will register and re read them many times in the years to come and this last book is no exception.