I really wanted to like this one more than I did, but a lot of parts fell a bit flat. For me, the story didn’t do enough to build up Finn and Lavinia’s romance. While we get a lot of flashbacks in the beginning to their romance when they were younger, their wasn’t enough attention focused on rebuilding that in the present day. They both went through some real trials during the time they were apart and it felt like their acceptance of what happened and coming back together happened way too quickly. I also felt like the connection was weaker when they reconnected again years late. I think I wanted there to be more work to their relationship before they jumped back into bed together.
In terms of the plot, I feel like I predicted the big secret that Lavinia wouldn’t tell Finn extremely early on so the reveal did not take me by surprise. Without being spoilery, I also really did not like Lavinia’s initial response when learning the truth of what happened and how she thought she could just take what she wanted. I understand the emotions she was feeling, but it came off as incredibly bratty and selfish and I sided with Finn in that situation.
Overall, I just wanted a bit more from this one in terms of romance and the plot. I’m still loving this series though and enjoy seeing the cameos from the rest of the Trewlove family in all the books.