At least three of the characters in this book had to make choices and sacrifices that destroyed their reputations and their credibility to achieve a goal. As this book begins, I saw Charlotte on the crux of changing her life irrevocably. When I read this book, I wasn't just marking time. I don't look at fiction books as a guide for behavior, but I do believe that almost every book I read has some gem that I can ponder and let it help me in some way. From this book, I took the idea that I had to take advantage of the adversity I face to let it build me up instead of tearing me down. Charlotte and Dand, both seemingly hardened to such a thing, found love together. Overall, although I didn't like some of the aspects of this story (It has me wincing emotionally in parts), I loved the romance between Charlotte and Dand, and I loved their characters, and their willingness to sacrifice so much for doing the right thing.
Dand Ross is also a spy. While there are holes in it, and it could have used slightly more fleshing out (in place of some of the spy games nonsense), watching Charlotte determine how to move forward with her ruination in spite of her friends concerns was intriguing. And with that silliness prowling in the margins, it made it hard to believe that Dand and Charlotte were actually falling in love because they connected over a shared worldview and more that Dand was the last of the Rose Bros. It ends when Charlotte's brothers-in-law arrive and knock out Dand. In spite of all my complaining and italics, I did enjoy this the most of the 3, I think (or from what I can remember of the other 2...); I just wish the spy/looming villain crap had been left where it belonged (Bourne's hands) and there was a little more development to Dand.
However, I found the resolution of the mystery that ran through all three of the books of the trilogy to be somewhat confusing. Here are some of the issues that I felt were never adequately answered and were confusing: (view spoiler) according to the first two books, it appeared that someone had betrayed the mission of the three heros, and that's why they ended up in a French prison. Also, it was never clear to me who Dand, the hero of this book, was working for. I just ended up confused by the resolution of the mystery.
I loved Charrlotte and Dand's story very much. What I loved most about this story is how Charlotte slowly creates cracks in Dands tough façade. Deep down, Dand Ross is a wonderful and caring man and Lottie was just the right woman to bring it all out without really fully changing him. My favourite kind of heroes always men who are madly in love with the heroine all the way through and can't say anything about it.
There was a lot of redundancy in the story line.
I came in late for this one....have not read the first two in the trilogy.
Spoilers I think what really lost me is the lack of hero pov. I like having the hero's pov especially if it's heavily heroine oriented. And it seems kinda too random that bit by bit, the hero's pov lost it's intrigue, like she lost steam halfway through and was like "ah, fuck it, I know that you know that I know this isn't working, so just, here's the hero being an actual hero pov." Not to mention that Dand was really excited, and maybe it was just cause Lottie was always exited to be around Dand, that it made the audience (me) wanna be next to Dand, and therefore, INSIDE Dand's head, that I NEEDED his pov. Yet, that's also a problem, because again, it's not just HER story, this involves the brotherhood, the past, and it machinations. It's even an ok love story, because even though you don't really get inside his head, he shows that he is in love with her, so that's not a problem. I feel like I'm not talking in circle now. So just, an underwhelming end to a somewhat intriguing series.
Connie has received numerous starred reviews for her romances in Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal.