Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 11, 2016
Aced is the fourth book for the love life of Colton and Rylee. I loved how strong their love for each other after the trauma of the first trilogy, but the drama and shit is hitting the fan in this one, with a lot of surprises thrown in for good measure. A lot to overcome and for once I wish these two could just live a normal, quiet life!
Oh, where to begin on these two again. First off, I can’t do this review without spoiling some from some of the trilogy that got these two going. So if you haven’t read them and don’t want to know what happens, then you might not want to continue reading my review.
Now that the warning is over….
It’s six years later and surprise, Rylee is pregnant. Her hostile womb finally surrendered and allowed her and Colton after much infertility to get pregnant. Rylee is ecstatic and Colton is happy, but still very scared he will turn into his parents and destroy a child’s life. He has now decided to find his birth father, knowing that he will be dealt with nothing but bad. Dreaming of a man and his mother, Colton knows this isn’t going to end well, but he needs closure.
Unexpectedly there is a scandal involving a sex tape of the two of them. Vivid details shots that invade every part of privacy Rylee has felt. It was a very intimate time, albeit in public from a time in book 2. At first it was just an insinuation that Colton cheated. This spins way out of control with the paparazzi taking over their lives. They can’t go anywhere, or do anything and now Rylee’s vitals aren’t behaving, making bedrest a reality.
To top it off, Rylee is asked to take a leave of absence from her job taking care of the boys she has come to feel are her own. Her boss’s job is coming up for renewal and while he wants to stand behind Rylee, he knows he can’t fight for her if he doesn’t have the job. But Rylee won’t let this go, especially when Zander’s uncle wants to take him in as a foster child. Zander is understandably upset remembering how his father and uncle drank. The uncle is only in it for the foster care money. Rylee can’t stay out of it and ultimately, her bed rest becomes a mute point.
Through all of this, we see into both character’s minds, Rylee and Colton. Colton feels like less of a man because he can’t protect Rylee, and Rylee feels less of a woman because everyone has seen all her intimates and destroyed a memory that was held deep in her heart. The devastation you hear in Rylee touches your heart. She just wants normal. Just wants to be a wife to her husband and mother to her child. Just be there for the boys she has grown to love as her own. Everything is ripped from her and she losses herself going deeper into depression and postpartum. The utter grief to no feelings makes you weep for the woman who takes on everything.
Colton for his part, is dealing with his own demons of being a good man, a good father, a good son, but also just being himself with his own fears. The lack of control he feels tears away at you. When things get the darkest, he steps ups and does everything he can to save his little family. Even going as far as to add to his family.
The story though does tend to wear on you. The first three books were intense and you just want to have a good time. How this much crap can happened to people, just makes you wonder what others in the spotlight feel. Is it any of our business to ever watch a sex tape of a couple in the spotlight? I know I haven’t watched one. I just can’t violate someone’s privacy like that for a cheap thrill. Having also had three children and miscarried twins, I know what it feels like after you go home. Never did I have to deal with as much as Rylee did. Her spiral felt authentic, while also making you feel depressed. I can’t say this is a happy book…at all.
I don’t go into any of the resolutions of the problems. That is for you to read. Just know I am exhausted from reading their story. For once can’t they just have some happiness? Just a novella of happy things with no conflict? Please?
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