By: Monique Orgeron
Published: October 19th 2018
Length: 415 pages
If you don’t understand the instinct to merely survive, you will never understand me.I’ve done my penance and paid a heavy price for my choices.It was never for selfish reasons that I became the person I am today.No, I can be called many things but selfish will never be one of them.It was always for them. My children.No regrets and no do-overs.The grim reaper is knocking on my door. It’s my time.I was fine with it. I knew this day would eventually come and I was ready.I was tired of living a life of battles in order to survive. Then I was forced to see how overwhelmingly beautiful life is and how tragically short my days could be.With limited time, I have to find a way to finish my job and get my sons ready for what is in store for them.They want me to fight and I will but in return, they too must fight.Am I ready for the battle of my life? Will they be ready?
When we left at part one, Catherine decided she wanted to fight the cancer but not tell anyone at the same time. Catherine is a strong and prideful woman who struggles with the through of no longer having her place (the head boss, the big hunch, The HBIC) in her society.
I wasn’t to pleased with book 1 and I think I figure out why with books 2. Through the Stern Family Sage she has been strong, the glue to the operation and here family despite the life that chose her. Seeing her past made her character change for me. Book two has some redeeming qualities but didn’t rise to the level I once again thought it could.
The story in a nutshell without giving it away is still Catherine struggling to focus on her health as opposed to the operation in her business life.
A lot of the characters roles shifted which makes sense given the premise. I did enjoy watching that shift evolve. And I may be the odd one out but I adored Gabriel attitude throughout. And was so pleased to see someone finally say “That’s enough”.
What I wasn’t to keen on was that it seemed like a lot of filler story. And while I enjoyed the steamy scenes they felt forced into the storyline so a connection wouldn’t be lost between out couples.
The book was also busy. Very busy. There’s a lot faces in this one, and I really couldn’t name them all which seems a bit odd to me.
Is this the end of the Stern Saga? I don’t know. Some plot twist didn’t have a conclusion. Did Catherine survive or will the next book feature her funeral? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Seriously the series as a whole is a great series just be prepared because somewhere along the line it goes from contemporary romance to crime thriller.