Solace follows Jason from the Kingswood Duet, but it can be read as a standalone.
After living life going city to city, Jason decides to return to his roots for a bit. Upon arriving, he learns that the woman that broke his heart some years ago is no longer married. And according to most, she’s still in love with Jason. Should he risk Delilah’s life by bringing his dirty past into it? And should he risk his heart with the woman that has already broken it once?
As the third book in the Kingswood series, I was disappointed. As a standalone second-chance romance, I was a bit pleased, so my review falls in the middle. The characters are down to earth and relate-able, but there are moments I wanted to choke Delilah for being so damn naive. Jason and Delilah have some funny banter and enough sweet moments to give you a cavity. Their chemistry was natural and intense and it didn’t hurt that Jason has a dirty mouth. Aside from the characters though, I was confused and frustrated
The writing style got on my nerves. It was redundant at times, especially with Jason and Delilah going back and forth on their regrets, and I felt like the author kept adding comments on interactions to tell the reader how things should be interpreted rather than allowing us to figure it out for ourselves. IE:
“Delilah is fortunate to have them nearby. They care for her.”
Yes, I understood that based on the dialogue. I don’t need it fed to me like a fifth grade literature class. It creates an awkward and stilted style and came off as unnecessary filler.
The timeline was hard to follow. At one point, they haven’t seen each other in 3 years. Another time claims five years. Did they break up in HS or college? Wait, did Delilah even go to college? How long were they together, again? The format was so disorganized and full of inconsistencies, it became distracting. I spent half the book just doing math in my head. Geez.
Above all, my biggest issue with the book was the lack of explanation about exactly who Jason was working for and why. Was it just King’s mom? If so, why would she hire some random buff guy off a beach in California to watch her son on the east coast? There’s a surprise visit from a character in the first two books which gave me high hopes for some answers, but it ended in half a chapter and gave me nothing and it barely comes up again. Definitely not was I hoping for. I loved Jason’s character in the first two books. I loved him in the third book, too. But his story deserved much more insight and resolution than the book gave.
The book is hard to understand, even if you’ve read the first two, and if you read the first two, this book feels like it doesn’t fit the series at all. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t…
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.