When I read ‘First Touch’, it blew me away. Thankfully, I waited to read it until the release of ‘Last Kiss’ was only weeks away. Otherwise, I’m not sure I could’ve survived the wait. Needless to say, when this book was released, I was all over it!
After the way the first book ended, I had to know how things would work out for Emily, Reeve and Amber. I can’t say that I was surprised by the overall direction that the story went in. However, I was shocked by some of the details that came to light in the end.
As expected, Amber’s reappearance has drastically changed the dynamics of Emily and Reeve’s relationship. There is plenty of guilt and regret to go around. Emotions run high and choices must be made.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I spent a lot of time feeling conflicted while reading this book. There was plenty of angst and turmoil to keep my on the edge of my seat. Even when I knew where things were headed, I couldn’t look away.
Many of Emily’s choices were frustrating to me. I wanted to shake her/slap her/tell her to grow a spine. Similarly, Reeve’s stupidity/blindness/insensitivity infuriated me. These two really needed to get a clue and pull it together this time around. I spent a lot of time shaking my head at them.
However, Amber was the character that really took the cake. I HATED her! Ms. Paige created quite the villain in Amber’s character. Honestly, I couldn’t see what Emily or Reeve ever saw in her. She was selfish, manipulative and a bitch to boot! While I felt sympathy for her rough start in life, and I understand how her past influenced her, I just couldn’t bring myself to forgive her.
All in all, it was a fantastic book. I hated Amber, but I loved the complexity and conflict that her character added to the story. I did feel like the ending was a little rushed as well. After all the suspense and build-up surrounding Michelas, I had a hard time just accepting that a nice conversation fixed everything.
That being said, this series was still one of the best I’ve read this year. It continues to be a favorite of mine, even if I would have changed a few minor details. Ultimately, I was happy with the outcome.