Kidnapping, Attempted Murder, PTSD, Alcoholism, Parental Abandonment, Death of a Parent and Loved One, Sex, Parkinson's Disease, Fatphobia, Gun Shot
Yes, I am attempting to try the CAWPILE review format again for this one, so that I can write out my review and post it before I share my buddy read discussion post with Joanna! I know it’s been a whole while since I actually read this one, but I’m going to try my best to write a decent review to share with you. All I can say for now is that I really liked this one, and I hope that you will too.
Okay, well first of all, I really adore Mira and Naveen! They are one of my favorite couples ever and I’m glad that I got to see them and experience them! What I really liked about them is that we got to see them mature as adults and as a couple. I needed them to be able to hash out what happened between them before we knew who they were, and I’m glad that they got to talk about it. I can’t tell out of the two who was my favorite, but I think that’s okay because I loved them both.
As far as supporting characters, I loved Emi. I’m glad that Mira was able to find her again after all these years, and while I was really bummed about what happened between them before the book began, I’m glad that they were able to come to some sort of compromise and… I don’t know the word for it but possibly reconciliation. Yeah! I think that’s the word lol.
I felt like the characters were able to develop through this time, and even though they were in a high-risk situation, where I honestly feel like they would have been killed if they didn’t do what they were told, maybe it helped them realize that time was too short to not be real with each other.
So technically this takes place in like the real world right? And while there are supposed to be aspects of contemporary romance to it, the stakes are so high and could possibly be considered “unrealistic” to some people that maybe the atmosphere doesn’t seem as real to others. To me though? I think about the kind of lifestyle that Mira grew up in, which is definitely realistic for some people – just not me since that was not how I grew up – so I would say that the atmosphere was real.
I liked how I felt when I was reading this book. I’ve never been to Las Vegas before, so while I don’t know if the vibes were right, I feel like it could have been. It wasn’t just focusing on the infamous Strip and got to the parts of Vegas that aren’t always known to the tourists, so I liked that as well. And the desert of Nevada! I think sometimes I forget that there is desert in Nevada, so having them find out they are in Nevada by having to drive through the desert was pretty accurate for me. I mean, if they were kidnapped to an undisclosed location where they couldn’t easily run for help, the middle of the desert seems like the best bet.
I’ve loved Rai’s writing since I first read The Right Swipe, which was also one of my favorite stories and it calls for a reread at some point this year. So it makes sense that I really enjoyed the writing for this one too. I was able to follow along with the story well, and there wasn’t much of anything that really threw me off with the writing. I wouldn’t want to say that it was “simple” but it also wasn’t unneccesarily convoluted just for the sake of being fluffy. I liked the writing, nothing more I can say about that.
So again, even though this could have been considered a contemporary romance, there is also a heist element to this because of what Mira and Naveen have to do in order to save their lives. And honestly, I loved the heist aspect of it and that’s what made it really enjoyable for me! I also think that because there were high stakes involved – yes, I keep mentioning the high stakes part because it was my favorite part for me – it made the plot more interesting for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love having books that are just about romance, but I liked the other part of it more.
I will say that the con vibes of Mira’s family was really cool to see, and how Emi ended up getting into that lifestyle thanks to Mira’s dad getting her into that life. It could have been good or bad depending on how we look at it, and while I do think that things happen for a reason, I wonder how things could have been for Emi and Mira if Mira’s dad wasn’t a con artist.
Oh yeah, I was definitely intrigued by this story. Again, I really liked the high stakes involved and how we ended up finding out more about Mira’s past and how she was trying to hide it from Naveen and everyone else. I liked that there were some pretty interesting plot twists towards the end that I wasn’t expecting, and how even though they happened, everything was wrapped up nicely at the end. I also really liked their adventure in trying to figure out where the diamonds are, or how to find out who is behind all of this mess. Which when we do find that out, like WAHT THE HECK?! That was insane to see all of that towards the end.
So long story short, I was very intrigued.
Now this is the part where people may be like “naw, there’s no logic to this story”, but honestly I felt like there was. I mean, if someone kidnapped you and they told you that you had to come up with stolen diamonds before your family gets killed by someone who has inside people in the F.B.I?! Well I’m going to try to figure out what the hell I could do to make sure that my family doesn’t die because of me, or whatever.
I think that it’s pretty sound logic, damn it! Don’t fight me about it. The logic is sound.
I FREAKING ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! Okay?! Like I can’t even help how much I loved this book! I loved it sooooo much, like soooooo much!
Hella enjoyed this book, so the enjoyment is hella high for this one! HELLA HIGH!
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Glad you enjoyed this one too! The logic for me wasn’t there but I just went with it. 😂 Sometimes you just got to go with it! I did really enjoy the characters and the growth they go through.