Thank you to Amelia Wilde and the team at Dangerous Press for the advance reader copy of Last Resort, the third and final book in The Collector series.
After the crazy ending of the second book, Sweet Mercy I am excited to delve into this final instalment.
I am a member of the Dangerous Press review team, but I stand by my reviews remaining honest and true.
“Emerson LeBlanc lost more than an acquisition. He lost the woman he loves.
There’s no redemption for a man with his past. No future for a relationship built on stalking and kidnapping. At least that’s what he believes. When he meets Daphne again, she’s not a piece of art. She’s a woman determined to paint a new path. For herself. For him. Except the ocean holds more than shadows. It holds danger that could ruin them both.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Daphne’s agency has grown in this final instalment. She stands up for Emerson and their relationship, even in the face of formidable foes such as her brother Leo and her father. Emerson’s characterization in this instalment was super interesting. He had already been down the path of being super vulnerable with Daphne. But now seeing him without her, after having her to himself, damn. Being without Daphne reverses some of the work he’s done around leaving his house. My favourite character moments were all the cameos from other Morellis. We get some good page time from Eva, Leo, Haley, Carter, Elaine, and Lucian. I am really excited that we are getting stories for both Eva and Carter Morelli very soon.
- Setting: We return to Emerson’s house as our setting. The painting room plays a large role in their relationship, so we spend a lot of time in it. It was interesting to read how Daphne saw all the places she was in this story, how the safety she had originally felt in Leo’s home was giving way. How Emerson’s house had become this place of safety for her.
- Pacing: This book was written in quite the lofty style. Emerson has these long-winded internal monologues about the ocean, that are written more like a literary fiction piece rather than a quickie romance read. It was pretty but I didn’t really feel like it fit with this story in this genre. This story was a quick read but by the time it ended I was kind of unsatisfied.
- Romance: In terms of the romance between Daphne and Emerson this book as the conclusion kind of disappointed me. It didn’t have the hot sex scenes of the last instalment. There is a scene with a paintbrush that was pretty hot but no scene is gonna beat the menage from the second story in this series. I know it is a controversial scene, but I loved how taboo it was. I felt less invested in their romance throughout this book. The best parts of this book were their individual character developments, rather than their epic romance.
Last Resort receives three out of five stars.
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Thank you again to Amelia and the Dangerous Press team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!