WOWZA…so color me impressed by this book. It was very, very good. I knew just from reading the synopsis, and the fact that this had quite an age difference (19 years), that it was a pretty sure bet I would end up at the very least LIKINGit. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I DID end up enjoying it. It was close to being a 5-Star book. The writing was fantastic. I quite liked the back-and-forth letter writing style of the first part. It is told through dual POVs. I LOVED that it was set in Canada (my home country). The pace was OK <— this is where I had most of my issues and why I went with 4-Stars instead of 5. For ME it was just a tad too long (it took me close to six hours to finish this one). Which made parts of the story drag a little. I think the author could have tightened the story up a bit and that would have improved the overall pace. That said, the plot was still very engaging, and heartbreaking. Oh my god…SO heartbreaking at one point I actually yelled “NO” out loud to my tablet (lol). Why Miz Darling? Why you have to go and do me that way…why?? Last, it was all wrapped up in a very sweet three years later epilogue.
ZEUS…I loved Zeus. Then I thought he was a bit of an a$$hole. Then I loved him again. He was 36 years old. He was smokin’ hot. He was alpha. He was sweet. He was bada$$. He was an excellent leader. He was a good Dad. His love for Lou made my heart burst. He was a perfect monster guardian angel.
LOUISE…Lou was a great heroine. She was 17 years old. A virgin <— I could have done without that…BUT, she did have some sexual experiences (just not intercourse), so the fact she was a virgin didn’t bother as much as it usually would have. She was a fighter. She was feisty. She was sweet. She loved her monster guardian from the minute she ran to him at age 7. I liked her character a lot.
This book was packed with excellent secondary characters. King and Cress from book one. Zeus’s daughter H.R (who my spidey scenes are telling me is going to be paired with a certain cop). Reese, Lou’s boyfriend, who I actually thought was a really nice guy. Bea, Lou’s sister. Lou’s parents. A nice cast of baddies, and of course, a bunch of Zeus’s MC brothers. Every single one of them added something extra to this story.
Medium. This was actually a pretty slow burn book (IMO). I am pretty sure it is after 50% before they even kiss. That said, when we do get to the sexy times they are suitably hot, and the frequency felt organic to the story. One thing I DID find a tiny bit disappointing, is I thought this was going to be a little more kinky in terms of DD/lg play, but other than Lou calling Zeus “Daddy” a couple times in fun, and Zeus calling Lou “little girl”, there really wasn’t any kink to be found.
~ANGST LEVEL – SEXUAL HISTORIES~
High. This was a pretty angsty read. Lou’s sickness. The MC troubles. The circumstances surrounding the way these two meet at first are quite traumatic. Then when they meet up again Zeus is a bit of an a$$hole and tries to push Lou away. Once he gets his head out of his a$$ it is pretty smooth sailing relationship wise. I think Zeus was a manwhore, but his past is only briefly touched upon. Like I mentioned above, Lou was a virgin, but she kissed and did oral with her boyfriend (Reece). There was a smidge of OW drama. Zeus lets a stripper rub up against him and he makes out with her briefly. He makes sure Lou sees this and winks her way. It was kind of an a$$hole move, but it didn’t bother me too much. There really wasn’t any OM drama other than Lou is still technically with Reece when she gets sexual with Zeus, but Reece and she were just casual.
~IN THE END~
It was super super good. So much so, I ALMOST want to read book one and I HATE the whole older woman/younger man thing. I will for sure be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book (which I kind of hope is H.R and the cop). Like I said, the writing was great. The plot engaging. The characters likable. The sex hot. What more can you ask for? Therefore yours truly is going to give this one two solid thumbs up.
Hi there! I’m a mom and wife by day (and night), aspiring writer (in my dreams), and an avid reader (every day of the week). This is my little corner of the web to post about ALL things books. I live in Copenhagen, but I am a Canadian girl (born and raised) at heart.