Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Happily Ever After by JA Huss
Series: Rook and Ronin (#3.5)
Author: JA Huss
Release Date: 16th December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (11 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
*May contain spoilers for other books in the Rook and Ronin series, including the Ford and Spencer spinoffs*
In the years since their lucky escape, Ford & Ashleigh, Rook & Ronin and Spencer & Veronica have built family lives. Princess Rory Shrike and Five Aston have always thought they were meant to be together, but with Five going away to Oxford, Rory no longer thinks he'll always remember her...
I've been excited to read this since it came out (and before I'd read most of the books in the Rook and Ronin series, so finishing Guns last night gave me the go ahead to read this and I got excited. And it was well worth it! There was more of a focus on family than in other books and it was definitely sweeter (particularly with Five having a POV) and I liked that, it helped end the series on a really high note.
You shouldn't read Happily Ever After until you have read all the Rook and Ronin books, plus the Ford and Spencer spin offs. It acts almost like an extended epilogue (or in Five & Rory's case a prequel of sorts!) and just wouldn't make sense without all the various characters' back stories (especially as there is quite a large cast for the length of book...just keeping up with all Spencer's kids was tricky!)
There were a lot of POVs for a short book (again this is why it helps to have read the previous books as the only new one was Ford's son, Five) but it worked well, giving the reader views into the three main relationships from the past books as well as that of the eldest (non-related!) son and daughter of the trio (Five, and Spencer's oldest daughter Rory, otherwise known as Princess Shrike).
I loved Five and Rory. With the amount of kids that the lot of them had it was bound to happen where two of them liked each other, and if I kept track correctly then the only other pairing close in age were Oscar and Starling who were only 5 and 6 respectively. Their day was sweet and innocent, though clearly has the potential for more.
Seeing the kids was great too. I felt the most time went to Ford's chidren, but that worked for me espcially as Kate had been a big part of his and Ashleigh's story. That one also hit quite close to home in other ways for me too. Because Kate being so like Ford despite everything made me think of my own situation with my own Dad (in a very happy way!)
Basically this was perfect. I couldn't think of a better ending for a group of characters that I've grown addicted to! And I love how other stories are interconnected too.