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The Finish Line (The Ravenhood, 3)

Rating: 4 Stars

"She brought direction back to my deadening soul when I lost my way, and she continues to guide me back, a star too bright to ignore, no matter how far I stray."

I've lived the entirety of my life wrapped up in subterfuge for one purpose--revenge. Through the years, I lived more as an enigma than a man. For so long, I denied I had a beating heart of my own. Until her. Until she unearthed the starving vessel inside, forced me to acknowledge it, forced me to understand that I'm capable of bleeding the same as any other. For that, we paid. We're still paying. Yet, she demands it still, the useless heart of the ruthless thief and shameless villain she fell for. My fear is, I'm no longer that man. With the lies I've told, the life I've led, my mistakes are beginning to catch up with me, day by day, one by one. This is my last chance, and I have no intention of losing her again, but as the deception of my past starts to unravel and close in, shedding my humanity may be the only thing that can save us both. Maybe it's already too late.

Alright so I have conflicted feelings about this one. It was a lot different from the previous two. For one we finally get two POVs, which was nice I think to be able to understand Tobias. The book did a lot of switching back in Tobias's timeline to show us the events that shaped him and led to the previous books and the way he acted. Also nice. But sometimes these merged back into the present without warning and I was a little confused. I struggled a bit with this one because it started out much slower than the others. I realize this is supposed to reflect the hurt and grief Cecilia has gone through, because once she makes peace with the past things start to pick up.

I felt like I consumed the first two books but until I got to like page 300 in this one I was struggling to continue it. Tobias and Cecilia just seemed so vastly different from the two characters we had seen in the other books. I will say that once this book picked up it had a lot more action and like oh my god moments than I was anticipating. I think it was a good way to wrap up the story and it definitely had some surprise moments that I wish we had gotten more details on. However, that ending... the rainy day... uncalled for ma'am. (IYKYK)

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