Series: Bad Habits, #3
Published on February 15, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Once Rose Fisher makes a decision, that’s it. End of story.
Like when her ex, Patrick, dumped her out of the blue, then showed up with a super hot, tatted up sex kitten on his arm. Then it was over for good. The end. Poof. Dead to her. Except he was everywhere — down the hall, at the bar with their friends, worming his way into her dreams.
But with their friends paired off, they’re left alone more and more. Rose is determined to keep him friendzoned — doesn’t matter that he stares at her with a smolder that drops all panties in a ten foot radius. She’s over him, and she’ll prove it by getting back into the dating game, Patrick be damned.
Patrick Evans is no stranger to consequences. When your mother walks out, your dad drifts away. When you leave home, you’re on your own. And when you run away from the girl you love, you lose her. He finally has an opportunity to rebuild the bridge he burned, and it’s not one he’ll take for granted. But he’ll have to fight for her, even if it hurts. Even if it means he’ll walk away brokenhearted. Because deep down, he knows that she’s it for him.
The trick will be to get her to admit she feels it too.
I love this series. I was introduced to Staci Hart from a friend last summer. After I devoured With a Twist, I was hooked on this gang of friends. My favorite reads are the series that are also standalones; where each book has a different couple in focus, but the same characters are in it. From book 1, Rose and Tricky have intrigued me. I couldn’t wait for their story to be told.
In this last installment, the angst and history between Rose and Patrick erupts. Finally, finally, I got inside their heads and felt their emotions. I loved getting to understand Rose more, she is so heartbroken, yet stoic over their ended relationship, my heart just bled and broke for her throughout the book. I had a love and hate feeling being inside Tricky’s head. There were definite moments I wanted to slap him and tell him to man up and take what he wants. There are moments in this story that made me sigh in complete content and times when my eyes teared up, screaming for these two to wake up, swallow their pride, and just BE HONEST with each other. It was a definite ride and all the feels were felt.
While I really enjoyed reconnecting with the gang, I do admit I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t feel a stronger connection to Tricky, or should I say, I was surprised that Tricky turned out the way he did. I always pegged him more of an alpha, and was surprised that the possessiveness I wanted him to have, never really surfaced. There was a lot of back and forth between Rose and Tricky, which was great for angst and build up, but once they got their chance, I felt it was over too soon. I wanted just a bit more with these two-they deserve it.
This world, the gang that assembles in Habits, is wonderful. I loved connecting with each one in their story. I love reconnecting with West and Lily in this installment, I missed them. I loved meeting Rose’s engaging sister, who made me laugh and gave Rose a softer, friendlier vibe. I will definitely miss these characters and this world. I will certainly miss them.
I SO, SO recommend this series for anyone who enjoys a great bunch of characters who are as unique as they are clever and witty. I’m so sad this is the end of the series. I would read ANYTHING Staci Hart writes.