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Kricket's Review : 5 Chirps
As an uber fan of all things Jennifer Probst, Tristan and Sydney did not disappoint. I have been dying for this story since the start of the Pierce Brothers trilogy, sensing that there was something deep and heart-wrenching between the pair.
As the most sophisticated and reserved of the brothers, Tristan keeps his emotions close to the vest, careful not to share his heart for fear of having the remains left by his mother's loss shattered further. Because of this he has often been guilty of replacing caring and nurturing with love.
Sydney is simply a badass. Strong, intelligent, and driven to succeed. She raises her daughter with the same fervor that she runs the offices of Pierce Brothers Construction, and has always been focused on not letting the lack of a father figure lessen the joy of life for her.
Two years prior to this story, Tristan was wrangled into returning to his hometown and facing not only his family demons but his personal demons. For him, those demons took the physical form of fiery haired Sydney and her spirited daughter Becca. The tension in the room whenever they shared space was difficult to fathom and made so many moments a struggle to read.
The book progresses at rapid speed, a relationship forming between the two leads despite a rocky past. If you're like me and a fan of second chance romances, Jennifer sucks you into their relationship with shocking subtlety. Until the moment the other shoe drops and you're left with an empty pit in your stomach, dreading what will come next from this stubborn man and his thick skinned woman.
By the end of the story, I felt like I had been put through the wringer with these two. There were similarities to The Marriage Bargain and The Marriage Mistake for me, with unique and quirky twists that kept the story fresh. I could not have asked for a better finale to a series, and can't wait to see what Jennifer has in store for us in the future.