This wasn’t my favorite of Lucy Parker’s books, but I still liked it. I don’t think I could ever not like one of her books. Maybe it’s just my headspace right now, but I never connected with either Sabrina or Nick, and what was happening to them felt very far away from me emotionally. I also felt the book relied too much on the events of the previous book, and if I hadn’t read that one, it would have not had as much of an impact. That’s a weird complaint to have, but romances should stand on their own.
I did think that Parker did a good job redeeming Nick, but I think I may have wanted more groveling, more realization of how much he fucked up. I also wanted more of a reckoning for Sabrina’s dad, and I also wanted more emphasis on the actual workings of their job. Other than a few cutesy or disastrous moments, we didn’t get to see either of them being good at their jobs. It felt like a huge hole to me. It also felt to me like they just fell into a romance with each other, and though I liked the result, it also felt a little more contrived to me than usual.
Maybe this is just a fluke and when I revisit down the road via audio I won’t have any of these problems (I’ve got the whole series on my Audible wishlist).
[3.5 stars, rounding up]