Whenever I move on in a beloved series I can’t help but worry that there will be some kind of decline. Even when I try not to I’m a worrier. I fret that maybe the sequel will lag, or the characters won’t read the same, or any of the multiple reasons why I might be disappointed. For me, diving into In the Eye of the Storm the concern was with the character/relationship development. The slow burn between Lilly and Ambrose was everything in the first book. Of course that made me nervous that what had developed so beautifully would be discarded and it would feel like everything was starting over again from square one. On the other side, I also worried that in the sequel things would suddenly surge forward much too fast and Lilly and Ambrose would be pronouncing their undying love for each other.
Let me pause here and say that there’s absolutely nothing in the synopsis for this book that caused me to think either was likely. It was nothing that Sir Rob did. I wholly blame the general pitfalls of romance novels that I’ve come to predict.
I was so wrong. There’s very little that anyone could predict about this story. Here’s what you can count on: Ambrose is going to be icy and brusque. He will be grudgingly sweet, and definitely dreamy. Lilly will be impulsive and passionate. She will be bold and witty. You can expect that when the ice that is Ambrose clashes with the fire that is Lilly you as the reader will be both swooning and cracking up. You can anticipate lots and lots of laughter, particularly because everything that happens, or is said, is so completely unpredictable! Adrenaline is high, you’re on the edge of your seat, exhilarated and breathless, and then one of the characters drops the most perfect and insane line and you burst into peals of laughter. It was the best feeling ever.
While, clearly my favorite part of this series is Lilly and Ambrose, I could go on and on about their chemistry, I have to mention Captain Carter. I secretly loved him in Storm and Silence and that love grew while reading In the Eye of the Storm. I love him for the catalyst his character is, and also for himself. He’s quirky, sweet and kind. He’s the opposite of Ambrose in just about every way. There is a whole host of side characters that are truly exceptional, yet Captain Carter stands out the most for me. I’m looking forward to what’s coming, even though I know there’s no predicting anything!
Finally, those ‘extra’ chapters. MAN, I love Ambrose! Such perfection in his flaws. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of the glimpses into his psyche.
Now that I’ve finished, do you know what the worst thing is about finally receiving the book that you’ve been coveting for months? The way you read it like you’re starving. Seriously, this did not last nearly long enough and I know it was all my fault. I should have parceled it out, piece by piece, to make the magic last as long as possible. Instead I gobbled it up and now it’s over and I’m back to waiting… because there’s no way this is the end, right?
Thank you to the author, Robert Thier, for a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.
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