Thank you to Skye Warren and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of Hiding Places.
I really enjoyed it when I binge-read the Rochester trilogy, so when I saw Skye was bringing out this spin-off novel in this form, I picked it up. I had started reading it on Radish but never finished.
Emily Rochester rebuilds her life after being on the run. Her husband is gone. Her daughter is safe. The nightmare is behind her… except someone is watching.
Mateo Garza is everything she doesn’t want. Wealthy. Famous. Gorgeous.
He’s also the only man she trusts.
HIDING PLACES is a spin-off full-length novel with Emily and Mateo from the Rochester trilogy–as well as plenty of scenes featuring Beau and Jane as they build their life together.
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: This book serves a dual purpose, a check-in on Beau and Jane, and the start of a new love story between Emily and Mateo. Beau is protective as ever, but I was happy to see him put things aside to support Jane to the best of his ability. Jane, now Beau’s better half is carving her own path a bit more in life. She has not changed much from where she was at the end of the previous instalment. As much as she pushes for her own freedom, she is very happy to stay close to the Beau bubble. It was nice to get to know Emily a bit better finally. I found I wasn’t invested enough in her characters, she had been gone for so long and I just wanted more time with her. I felt similar about Mateo, when he was first introduced in this series I didn’t realize he would come to play this part. So, I would have liked to have seen more of his character and seen him spend more time with Emily. They seem to be in love quite suddenly so I don’t know if they are getting some flashbacks to their time as teens, even if they were negative feelings.
- Setting: The setting really suits this story. I love how Eden Cape is this small, isolated town on the water. An undercurrent of this story is this police trial taking the town by storm, wrapped up in the events of the original trilogy. The entire town watching the trial and the media frenzy that grew out of it was super interesting. This was such a strong plot point that strengthened this story.
- Pacing: I have alluded to this a few times, so I will come out and say this. This book was too short and was trying to do so much. This could have been split into an extended epilogue for Beau and Jane. Then a separate full-length novel just about Emily and Mateo would have allowed for their story to be stronger. What supports Beau and Jane’s story is that we already know them, we spent three books with them. Skye is asking us to. buy into Emily and Mateo without much to stand on.
- Romance: The hottest part of this book was Beau and Jane. What was very cute was how so many scenes were callbacks to things that occurred in the past instalments. But because this book is on the shorter side so much of it felt rushed. I also would have loved more time to read about both the physical and emotional sides of Emily and Mateo’s relationship. Stemming from the fact that this book tried to do a lot in a small package.
Hiding Places receives three out of five stars.
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Thank you again to Skye and her team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!