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Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain - Abigail Roux So I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I loved seeing Ty and Zane again to catch up on where they were, but this whole book read to me like the Nick show. Ty and Zane seemed marginalised to set up Nick as the main driving force for future Sidewinder books. a lot of people in the fandom love the whole Nick and Kelly relationship. I still don't really get it. I didn't think that much of Shock & Awe and it's the same in this instalment.

The plot was a tad boring, lame and predictable. I don't mean in the sense that I knew all the pieces, but with so many references to TV shows the direction was clear. Was this meant to be a script for a show. Was I meant to take these murders seriously when the main characters were busy laughing, chortling, snorting, flailing and sniggering. I felt like I was in the company of early twenty males and not men in their late 30s and 40s. It wore after a while and the puns were overused. ye if was a signature of the series, and I could handle it when it was just Zane being the pun expert, but now we are bombarded with them through the book. Lame in that really the cartel was behind the whole thing. Come on you can do better than that Abi. The cartel was trying to get to Zane, in this whole weird, nonsensical plot. I think at this point, alcohol was looking very attractive.

Coincidences were once again a bugbear of mine. I found some scenes completely unrealistic and my own eye rolling and groaning accompanied my reading at many a point. I had this same issue in Touch & Geaux and should have learnt my lesson then. Boats miraculously returned to the island after the boat house was destroyed. Really, the couldn't stay lost and the ferry arrived to pick everyone up. In some ways it reminded me of an action movie where the heroes can keep doing anything no matter how many beatings they take.

The setting wasn't the best. I'm sure it was researched, but the Inner Hebrides are very cold in December and no one appeared to be wearing jackets and there were only a couple of instances of mentioning how cold it was and that it was rating a lot. The landscape could have really helped lift this novel, if it had been used to it potential. Or perhaps I'm expecting more than this series is able to give me?

The proposals. I'm flabbergasted. Whose story was I reading??? I just can't believe that Nick proposed to Kelly. Before Ty and Zane did. Poorly played

I'm relieved there in only one book left in the series . It's time to wrap it up and move on. This is the weakest book in the whole series to date and I'm sadden that the series isn't as great as it once was. I wanted that amazing moment that would make me completely over the moon for the last book to come out, but that moment never arrived. This was the perfect time to have a WTF moment to get us ready for the last book. It didn't happen and I'm left musing about what could have been.

E.T.A I've had to decrease my star rating on this book, as I'm still peeved after reading this book, and I've now had a couple of days to cool down.