*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
I don’t know what to say about this book that I haven’t already said about the others in the series, so I’ll just say it all again.
This book has the same silly, fun, modern, sex-filled, Tumblr-esque humor of the other books. If anyone in real life ever talked about sex and their sex lives as much as these characters, it would be awkward and we’d probably want to tape their mouth shut, but with these characters, it’s just hilarious.
And speaking of sex, I love how healthy the sex is in this series. Sam and Ryan have their kinks, and they actually TALK and communicate and discuss what they like, what they’re not ok with, etc., even if it’s awkward or difficult. In one of the scenes in this book even, Sam could tell there was something Ryan wanted to ask for, so he got Ryan to say it, and then he gladly obliged and thanked Ryan for telling him, told him he likes when he asks for things. Sam would also keep checking in with Ryan, asked before they started if he remembered their safeword, etc. Their acceptance and communication and willingness to be open and put in the effort to please each other makes everything between them so much better. (But I want to point out that despite all the talk about sex, there aren’t that many actual sex scenes in this series.)
Then there’s all the relationships—romantic, friendship, family, like family. They’re all so sweet and supportive. I think this book had more heart-to-heart conversations than any of the others, most notably between Sam and Randall and between Sam and Justin. Yes, even Justin got in on the feels this time. Honestly though, I think I had the most feels when *SPOILER* Kevin offered to trade his hoard in exchange for the Great White helping them. I mean, come on, you know how important Kevin’s hoard is to him, and he was willing to give it up for Sam without hesitation <3 *END SPOILER*
These books have also been getting heavier though, so it wasn’t all laughs. But the heaviness was balanced with the touchingness of the relationships, and that kept it from getting too dark.
But why did that ending have to be so intense and leave me hanging like that?! The ending was tough, but TJ Klune managed to find a way to make that less tough too. *SPOILER* Yeah, Sam left his loved ones for a year to go train with the Great White, but Kevin and all his dragons came with him, and that made me feel a little better. *END SPOILER*
So overall, this was another funny yet touching book in a great series that keeps getting more intense, and I am eagerly anticipating the next one!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in TJ Klune's Tales from Verania Series. Anyone who likes modern humor, adorable friendships and family, M/M romance, sassy characters, and sweet stories.