Saturday, October 26, 2019

Gifts (The Killers #3) by Brynne Asher ~ Review

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Gifts (The Killers #3) by Brynne Asher

No one would say Keelie Lockhart isn’t determined. Taking on the role of both mom and dad to her two young kids, she’s managing life the best she can. Saddled with a century-old dilapidated farmhouse she can’t afford, a bevy of goats, two dogs, and a geriatric donkey, the last thing she has time for is a man—even if that man is a knight whose shining armor comes in the form of worn-in jeans and work boots.

Controlled, methodical, and focused—Asa Hollingsworth takes charge of everything in life. Working close to home after years away, he finally has the time to focus on his kids. Little does he know, a chance meeting with a petite, strawberry-blonde stranded on the side of the road, would intertwine their lives in a way he’d never want to untangle.

But when school bullies turn into something much worse, Asa starts to dig around. He never dreams the troubles lurking in the hallways of the local high school would shake his family to its core. With drug dealers lurking, bullets flying, and threats coming from every angle, Asa must do everything he can to protect the ones he loves.

Because in the end, there’s nothing more precious than the gift of life.

Since this book was the whole reason I started reading the Killers series in the first place, obviously I was super pumped to finally pick this one up. And you know what, Gifts did not disappoint. It wasn't quite as good as Paths was (that one knocked me over, caught me off guard, blew me away so good) but still--it was what I'd wanted it to be, plus a little more.

Mostly I was in the mood for a single parents romance. Kind of something KA-ish, like The Will or Soaring or At Peace. On the single parents front, Gifts 100% delivers. And by that I mean that I was a fan of the kids, and more importantly the relationships built with them. The whole great-big-family aspect that built and was beautiful. With Asa being a drop dead sweetheart to Keelie's kids, and Keelie forming a bond with Asa' really hit the spot, you know? Gave me feels. I loved it.

What I also loved was Asa and Keelie's romance. It went to a place I wasn't expecting but greatly appreciated. They had to work through some personal things, and I love that they were handled delicately. It was those struggles that made Asa and Keelie's relationship a winner. And when things were good for them--y'all. My freaking heart.

The plot of this one was very entwined with everything else, but it was interesting enough that instead of taking away from the relationships I wanted to watch grow, it complemented them. Everything balanced together particularly well. And never did I get bored. I was in for the entire journey with these characters, and in the end I was left satisfied.

Overall, Gifts wasn't quite as good as Paths, but it definitely did not disappoint. I appreciated so much about the story, and the journey of the romance. And I'm so glad there's going to be another Killers novel soon so I don't need to say goodbye to this world just yet!

4.5 stars - A single parents romance that did not disappoint!

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