Review: Complicate by Pam Godwin (Deliver #9)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Confession time: I didn't want to read this book. Why? Because I didn't want this series to come to an end, and reading Complicate would mean that it was time to bid adieu to the Freedom Fighters. Yes, there's always the whole re-reading route, but nothing comes close to experiencing a story for the first time, and when it comes to romance, seeing that story through as it works its way towards that guaranteed happily-ever-after (unless it's got a cliffhanger ending, of course!). And Cole Hartman? Well, he's special, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. That's what happens when you know his back story, and it's a doozy!
In order to have a better understanding and appreciation of Cole Hartman, I highly recommend that readers check out the Tangled Lies trilogy. This was released back in 2017, and its story features Cole, his best friend, Trace Savoy, and the woman they both loved, Danni Angelo. If you've yet to read the first eight Deliver novels, you could try to jump from the Tangled Lies books straight to Complicate, and then check out the Deliver books you missed. Just keep in mind that this series is best read in order of publication.
This series ender was a bittersweet read but a rather satisfying one as well. I don't want to give too much away, so I'm reeling myself in and trying desperately to temper my tendency to be overly exuberant in reviews for books that I loved reading. The story of thirty-eight-year-old Cole and twenty-seven-year-old Lydia was a compelling one, with a great deal of that romance and suspense that have become fixtures in Pam Godwin's dark and intriguing world of people fighting against the slave trade and finding both love and freedom in the process. After everything he's been through, Complicate gave Cole the happy ending he deserved, as well as the conclusion the Deliver series needed. Five stars.
Release Date: 09 March 2021
Date Read: 08 March 2021
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