OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK, fan girl moment over, lets get back to the real reason for this post, my review of Ties. I received my copy by participating in a blog tour, and when I was filling the form out I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get accepted. So I may have been ridiculously excited, and may or may not have included a happy dance with my excitement.
Ties has a new protagonist, Hattie, she lives with her mum and the only contact she has with her Dad are expensive gifts for Birthdays and Christmas. Her latest gift, a light blue beetle, is all the push she needs to leave home that summer and find her father to return the car and tell him to stop with the guilt gifts. Upon arrival she meets Whit, who quickly see's the family resemblance to Deo, and after a very quick 'this is your sister', Deo is quick to give Hattie an emotional welcome. When Marigold is involved we all know how exuberant she is, and from Deo's welcome, and then Marigold's welcome, Hattie is quickly accepted into the family with open arms.
Ties, like it's predecessors. has a male protagonist in the form of Ryan, and for those who remember him from Lengths can remember him not really being particularly nice, in fact he is an ass. But don't worry, he has some redeeming qualities in Ties. When we first get to Ryan's chapters he is in work, and one thing that I love about this meeting is the reference to The Mighty Ducks. This movie is years old and I have never seen it mentioned in any book. I love these movies and they never get old, it's made me smile to see this and then read the proceeding paragraph, and even though the gif below isn't the scene that's talked about, I couldn't help but post it.
I love how Hattie is so determined not to fall for Ryan, she is stubborn and exactly the right kind of person for him. She is a girl that won't come to his beck and call, makes him have to fight for her, and one that definitely knows who and what she wants. There is a lot of sexual tension in Ties coming from both Hattie and Ryan, and while part of me wishes that Hattie wasn't quite as stubborn, I admire her for sticking to her guns and making Ryan see the light of day, and really fight for what he wants.
This couple probably had everything against them, family, distance, history, and then Hattie's need for rules, yet they manage to figure things out, make some sacrifices, loosen up a bit, and have fun...good clean fun and some sexy times fun. I loved getting to see the characters from the other books in this series make an appearance in Ties, getting to see what they are doing now and how they have grown as a couple, they all open their arms to welcome Hattie into their extended family and make her feel like she is one of them, blood related or not.
There is a character that surprised me. I never expected them to be who they were, and when the truth was revealed I wanted them to stay as far away as possible. I was so happy to see they got what they deserved off more than a few people, and that make me extremely happy.
I demolished this book, no question about it. Each new chapter had me wanting to know more, get to know these new characters and see what happens between them. Ties is a real page turner and I could not put this book down. Each new instalment in this series just gets better and better, and each new male lead makes you fall in love with them, and Ryan is no exception. I finished this book with a ridiculous grin on my face and a huge sigh of happiness. Move over Deo, Cohen and Adam, and make way for Ryan.
With the publication of Ties this series has made a full circle and has gone back to where it all began. This is a perfect way to end a series but I am desperately hoping that it's not really the end, that Steph and Liz have another secret instalment up their sleeves after we have finished Riptides.