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“Well, maybe fast is the only speed we know, maybe it’s the only speed that works for us.”
Ashley – OMG, you so rock girl! I may have hated this girl the first time I ever knew her, but had grown to love her after a while, this time, she made me laugh with her bridezilla moment. Finally! She and Patrick are getting married and living their happy ending – thank goodness for this occasion that Kent was forced to finally man up and made his move on Robin. Our girl was hesitant to attend said no to the invitation, and Ashley freaked out about it. To keep the bride happy, he went to Robin…
I fell in love with Robin and Kent in the first book of the FAST series. They were best-friends-turned-lovers then broke it off because everything was moving too fast, their lives spin off its axis, and Robin was afraid they were losing control. But I knew sooner or later, they will be back in each other’s arms – and Ryan Ringbloom just made my dream come true!
This time, they are older, and much wiser – but with a whole lot of serious issues to consider more than just their hormones and the pace of their relationship. But Kent never stopped Robin, and Robin never stopped loving Kent. However, in order to be together, Kent has to break the barriers and banish the fear that had occupied Robin since the day she found out about her secret.
The secret had me off-guard too. The moment I have read the excerpt, I knew she was keeping something. Something big that could affect her relationship with Kent, and their future together. But bless Kent – he turned out to be someone you would really, really love in Panic. He didn’t care, all he wanted was Robin, he was willing for anything that she can give, that she can offer. What was important was her. It shows how true and unconditional his love was, because despite her imperfections and shortcomings, he was willing to be with her, and spend his future with her.
The second story is about Bailey and Shayna. Shayna just came from Ohio and ventured in Florida to start a new life and live with her cousin, only that her cousin was too busy with her love life to really spend time with her. She met Bailey through her cousin’s boyfriend, and a pretend just-like-in-the-movie encounter had made her life a little more complicated than she had ever imagined. It made the bind between her and Bailey stronger, with her relying on Bailey more than she should have. But despite that fact, and no matter how hard they tried, she knew that it was really impossible. And it was time to think about options…
Sometimes giving the most precious thing in your life, no matter how painful or awful it may sound, is not selfishness, but selflessness. I like the two of them, how their characters were forced to grow up, and how they handled their problems – it wasn’t easy, there were a lot of panic & denial at first, especially with all the circumstances surrounding them, not to mention their family issues, but they made it through. It wasn’t exactly ideal, it wasn’t exactly the fairytale ending you would expect, but it was great too. Especially when it ended with another just-like-in-the-movie encounter, but this time, it was a scene that can make your heart melt.
I never thought I’d cry, you know. The previous novels from Ryan didn’t make me cry. It made me fell in love, perhaps made my heart ache, but not to the point of shedding tears. This time, however, I did. The ache in my heart was mixed, half-good, half-bad kind of ache. I knew it was for the best, and everyone was going to have their HEA, but it didn’t make it less painful.
Two beautiful, romantic and touching stories in one book. More than romance, and hot scenes, Ryan ventured out into old Ryan Ringbloom had given me a bittersweet ending, but beautiful nonetheless. She gave me the twists and connection I never expected, and constantly had me in surprise. I have loved the FAST series when they were young and driven mostly by hormones, but I even love the FLAW series more, when they were older, more mature in handling the curveballs life throws at them. You will fall in love with them even more, empathize with their pain, and rejoice in the happiness that they so deserve.
•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•
Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.