Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Final Round
Authors: Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow
Series: The Square Peg #4
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 298 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Reeling from the news of his mother’s death, Shane heads back to England to face a hostile father. Benedict’s with him every step of the way, providing a shoulder to cry on and an escape from sorrow by way of their increasingly powerful and intense scenes.
Grieving and guilty, seeking a reconciliation with his father, Shane makes a hasty decision that brings him peace of mind, but at a heavy cost to his relationship with the man he loves. Is it time to call it quits or time to grow closer still? In the wake of his loss, Shane finds that question doesn’t have a simple answer — but questions of the heart never do.
Review: Square Peg owners, Shane and Ben, are off to England to see to Shane’s mother’s funeral. Shane does not get along with his father who was an abusive alcoholic at the best of times. He is the reason Shane left for the States all those years ago, and not much has changed with their relationship.
Much of this story is about Shane dealing with the loss of his mum and his somewhat reconciliation with this father. In between all of that is Ben trying his best to keep Shane grounded through it all. As in their previous story, book 1, The Square Peg, these guys are just perfect for each other in every way. Their sexual encounters, which are off the charts hot, still maintain a level of Shane’s submission and Ben’s domination, though it is very unstructured. I love this about them. They both need what they do, and try to provide for each other, yet in every day life, they are partners with equal say.
The other side of this story is Shane dealing with some major homesickness after his return and finding he wants to give England another try. Needless to say, this puts a lot of strain on their relationship. Should Shane stay where the only blood relative he has lives or is the U.S. really his home now? Is the Square Peg more than just a building or does it hold the key to his true family? It takes a while and some bad decisions by Shane to figure it all out, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Unfortunately, as I said earlier, the bulk of this story was about Shane’s return and dealing with things there, which I found to be a bit boring after a while. I found myself wanting to skip ahead to get to some more interesting parts, which do come around 75% through where things pick up. Had it not been for that last $25%, I would have said this was a rather anticlimactic end to this series. But, the end did save it for me, and everything wrapped up nicely.
This duo has a great style with equal amounts of dialog and storytelling. Their D/S and regular sex scenes are hot stuff and definitely held my interest. I found I missed the other guys from the series, even though we see them here and there. I’m sad to see the end of the Square Peg gang, but definitely look forward to whatever is coming next from Ms. Davitt and Ms. Snow.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*