I am that gash in her soul.
Once I loved Grace, really loved her.
And she loved me, and it was so fucking beautiful.
That pendulum swings to and fro.
and then we’re--
How can that rare beautiful be rendered irrelevant, intangible when I still feel so damn much?
Does all that energy, that glory, that significance simply dissolve?
Turn to smoke?
It can’t. It just can’t.
Are the moments that shape us absolutely random?
Is time not fluid?
I made promises to them, to her.
Especially to her.
Promises I still burn to keep.
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published March 10th 2015
I’m always a little hesitant to read books that are prequels to series or those told from the POV of another character of the same events. There is that concern that instead of adding more depth to the existing story it will simply rehash the same events over and over with nothing new to bring to the table, but that isn’t what happens with Random & Rare, it really does give a better understanding of the events that led Grace to where she is when we meet her in Lock & Key. There are a few moments that are rehashed, but they are the moments that are pivotal to Dig and Grace’s relationship and being able to know what motivated Dig to do what he did was important and gave me a better understanding of them as an H/h, but the majority of his part of the book is really giving a more indepth look into who he is and his unflinching devotion to the club and his brothers. This is what held my interest the most, I liked seeing his POV of his and Grace’s relationship, but in the end it was learning about him and the club that held my interest the most.
The last 30% or so is we get back to Grace and Lock and find them in a situation that I’d never wish upon anyone. They aren’t doing so well and fighting to hold on to not only their relationship, but themselves. I felt for both of them and honestly wanted to smack Grace upside the head even though I couldn’t blame her for her thoughts and actions. But what I really did end up enjoying, and getting a little teary over, was how things came full circle at the end. I thought it was well done and made karmic sense.
Overall: I’d love to say that I absolutely adored both Lock & Key and Random & Rare, but in the end I simply liked both books. I enjoyed the story, though there were places that dragged for me, and liked the author’s voice throughout it.
~ I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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