Review: Evan's Encore by RB Hilliard (Meltdown #4)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.

You know how you love a series, and that love just keeps growing with every new book released, so that when the announced finale is finally in your hands, expectations are soaring and you're all excited? That's how I was going into Evan's Encore, the fourth and final book in RB Hilliard's rock romance series, Meltdown. Here's the thing though... I didn't love it. I know, I know! That could totally earn me hate from other fans of the series, but let me reiterate that I am very much a fan of the first three books, and I was really looking forward to seeing how the author was going to wrap up the series. I know how good her writing is, and my expectations were based on what I read and experienced through those first three books. Unfortunately, the book faltered in more than one instance.

Evan's Encore is the story of Evan Walker, keyboardist for the mega rock band Meltdown, and he's just coming off leaving the house he shared with his now estranged wife Mandy. Instead of bunking with his brother or any of his three band mates, he decides to take up Quinn Kinley, owner of Margo's, on renting out space in her large family home. Being in constant contact with one another stirs up the mutual attraction between the two, but neither one can afford to become involved, not with Evan still trying to get the woman who betrayed him to a divorce and Quinn knowing what it's like to fall for someone who happens to belong to someone else. Quinn vows to be there to support the guy who's quickly becoming more, but will he still want her when he learns she's been lying to him?

Sigh. I didn't like the constant flashbacks. A couple thrown in here and there would have been fine, but these flashbacks become the primary source for me to get some basic idea of how Evan's and Quinn's paths crossed and how they became kinda-sorta-maybe buddies over her serving him drinks and a revenge burger. Then there was the whole situation with Mandy. Ugh. Yes, she was a bitch, and yes, she deserved to be disliked, but I never fully understood how Evan was as clueless as he was and why Quinn thought it was a good idea to keep what she knew from him. Add to that this really rushed conclusion, wherein everything was thrown into one chapter and wrapped up hastily and, sadly, unsatisfactorily. So yeah, as much as it pains me to do, I'm awarding Evan's Encore three stars. ♥


Read my reviews for the Meltdown series:

Fractured Beat (book one) - five stars - My Review

Broken Lyric (book two) - five stars - My Review

Shattered Rhythm (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review

Evan's Encore (book four) - three stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 09 October 2018

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