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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G: ✯✯✯ Stars
J&G: After falling in love with the After Dark series in book one, we were really looking forward to this final ininstallments we’ve followed come to know the characters, shared their ups and downs, their passion, love and indecisions. Not to mention the suspense that sometimes had us gripping our Kindles, or the wonderful heart melting moments between Angel, Alex and little Jillian. Promises After Dark was certainly full of suspense that’s for sure. Alex, Angel, their families and friends certainly had their hands full in this installment.
“I can do anything. I can take anything on, but I can’t lose you.”
We will admit that we groaned a little at the opening pages as Angel was once again questioning Alex’s commitment, but she soon got her head straight and realised this guy meant business. Honestly, we don’t know what else he could’ve done to convince her that she’s the air he breathes. Life without her is meaningless and wow, didn’t we just fall in love with Alex all over again. This guy can do no wrong in our eyes. Angel did find her feet Promises and once more became the gutsy, feisty, sensual, loving and passionate woman we fell in love with in book one so it was good to see that side of her return.
“You’re fucking beautiful.”
“So are you. You are the most beautiful man I’ve even seen.”
Although we were invested in this couple and seeing their story through to the end we have to admit that at times we did become a little jaded. There was a lot of repetition and over descriptiveness that slowed the story down which in turn caused us to disconnect in some ways. In saying that, we would be in a lull one minute, only to have Kahlen Aymes drag us back into the story and have us holding our breaths the next.
“To say I love you is not enough. Seriously, I can’t breathe, I love you so much.”
For us, Angel After Dark has been the standout book in this series. There was something so evocative about Angel and Alex meeting, something so sensual in the way they responded to one another that seemed to be missing in this book. Oh sure, there was ample nookie, but we didn’t feel the zing of electricity that was so apparent in Angel After Dark and though the emotion between Angel and Alex was certainly felt at times.
“I want you. Every second when you’re with me or when you’re not; it doesn’t matter.”
The scenes with Jillian were just too adorable for words. Kahlen Aymes nailed the personality of this darling little girl. So much so; to the point where we would read her scenes as three year olds. Yep, they were THAT convincing. Now, this is where our biggest issue came in to being. After spending so much time with Alex and Angel, after going through so many ups and downs, seeing their relationship flourish, after going through so much with them, we needed to get a real glimpse into their future. Whilst the epilogue did satisfy some parts of us, it felt a little lacklustre. There was an element to the story (we don’t want to ruin it for anyone) that we desperately wanted to see played out between this couple, however it wasn’t to be and we were crushed. So much emphasis was put on their relationship with Jillian that we wanted, no needed, to see them capture that for themselves.
“I love you a whole lot.”
“I know. I’m counting on that.”
So, would we recommend this series? DEFINITELY, because despite our small misgivings, we wouldn’t have missed meeting Alex and Angel for the world. We’ve had a few laughs with them, our hearts have been melted a time or two, there have been a few tears shed and plenty of racing pulses along the way.
**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author with thanks**
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