I was so excited to get this last installment of the Disarm series with Julie’s story. She has been there as a secondary character all along supporting Henry and Elsie and raising her son after Jason died. I ended up packing it in at the 100pp mark.
I don’t know why it is, but after liking her in the first two books, I had no patience for Julie in her own book which is ironic because Henry and Elsie’s story really put me through the wringer. She’s got some serious issues from her parents’ marriage, losing Jason and marrying the wrong guy only to divorce him. She determined early on that she wouldn’t open herself for love and just went for one night stands and casual hook-ups. Even with Jason, she held herself back. Now this thing with Neal takes off like a rocket. Neal opens himself to wherever things are leading, but Julie is the opposite. She wants to continue with her casual ways and gets prickly or runs for the hills every time it starts to get real. Neal is honest with her, but she lies by omission to him.
Other than Julie, I was also put off with how fast stuff went. I wasn’t ready for that. ‘Hey my name is…’ barely preceded an orgasm and, by one more brief meet up, they’re in a hotel room for some hot and heavy and then off to Vegas for a few days for some more no holds barred sexy times. My head was spinning. Guess I was expecting some development and couldn’t shake this woman with small child and still grieving over child’s dad.
I might have adjusted to the wham bam stuff in time if it hadn’t been liberally doused with Julie’s issues. I really wanted off the tilt-a-whirl when it came to her. If she had wanted to slow stuff down because hello she jumped the bones of a perfect stranger and even went off to Vegas with him after one night that I would have understood and applauded. That’s not the case. She’s gung ho and owns a voracious sexual appetite, but it’s when stuff gets real that she freaks and does a runner or flips out and does the pout stomp. Poor Neil had no idea what triggered all this and deserved none of it. Just let’s pack up the cray cray and send it home, ‘kay? I thought I was in an angty YA or NA the way this woman was acting.
At that point, I decided to call it a day. A hundred pages in and I was exhausted with her and didn’t like her much at this point any way. Maybe I’ll come back and finish when I’ve more patience for someone who has big issues and no plans to claim them and fix them.
For those who are interested, this one might be okay out of order, but it does give spoilerage for the books before it so I’d recommend reading in order. And for those who are eager for this one, you might have more patience or be in the right mood so go for it with my blessing. It’s hot and these two were honest about what they wanted in the bedroom. That has some appeal in its own right.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.