Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Edmond Manning
Series: The Lost and Founds #5
Heroes: Vin Vanbly
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 360 Pages
Publisher: Pickwick Ink Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: After years of lying, scheming, and dangerous manipulation, Vin Vanbly finally gets what’s coming to him: love.
How can he survive unstoppable, uncontrollable love when his very nature demands he control everything? Clues about his one true love—tantalizingly hinted at in each of the books in The Lost and Founds series—come together in four life-changing stories.
In No Kings, a sex hookup with a parking lot stranger reveals more about Vin’s life as a Lost King and his destiny than he could have dreamed. In King Fitch, Vin meets the last king in his long legacy, one final weekend before he withdraws from the world to an anonymous Latin American jungle. The Lost Ones recounts a terrifying kidnapping by street thugs from Vin’s past. In King Malcolm the Restorer, Vin’s mysterious relationship with his older brother—and the soul-crushing secret which drew them together—is finally revealed.
Through it all, Vin Vanbly struggles to survive. But what if he is destined for more than mere survival? Is he finally ready to embrace the truth and remember who he was always meant to be? Once there were a tribe where every man was the one true king and every woman the one true queen…
Review: Believe it or not, I read this book when it first came out and held off on doing a review. I’ve been a part of The Lost and Founds series from the very beginning. Despite reading an average of 175 books a year, I can still recall reading King Perry, Edmond Manning’s first book in this series, and the overwhelming love I felt for the book. Now I find myself here, book number five, the end. I have a bad case of book hangover but alas, I must attempt to put into words my feelings on Come Back to Me and the conclusion of The Lost and Founds.
I have so many words running through my head that, to me, sum up some part of Come Back to Me, Vin Vanbly and the Kings: Resonates. Epic. Profound. Pure. Humane. Love. Physical. Heartwarming and Heartwrenching. I could compare it to classic stories or movies that come to mind, but I guess the best way to do this is just to say a little something about the book itself and why this is one of the rare few series that will always stick with me.
First things first, this book is not exactly like the other 4 in the series in terms of layout. Not to be disappointed, we do get a kinging story but it’s sandwiched in between what we’ve all been waiting for, Vin’s story. I have to admit that I found this a little disorienting but I also have to admit that I am a very linear-minded person and so the jumping around made me twitch a bit. In the end, however, it all came together and for me that’s the most important thing. I looked back after reading that final sentence and it all fit together.
The second thing that really stuck out to me about this book that is worth mentioning is the sex. I was surprised by the amount of sex in Come Back to Me but not in the bad way. Not in the “Oh God, could this book please get some plot that doesn’t involve dropping trou” way. There was plenty of plot and depth to go along with the feast of sexy time. I just thought I should mention it to give fans a heads up.
What I loved about this book was also twofold. One, I loved that we got one final kinging. Although Fitch’s story did not encompass the entire novel, it was one of my favorites. Fitch is all ‘masculine’ and all kinds of gorgeous. He’s stuck in a pattern of meaningless hookups and a generally shallow existence. But, BUT, underneath is all he’s kind of gentle and a giver. Where others only saw his body or his trite words, Vin Vanbly saw the king beneath it all. I am a total sucker for this kind of trope. I loved Fitch’s redemption and watching him blossom under Vin’s gentle coaxing.
Which, brings me to the second thing I loved about Come Back to Me, Vin’s metamorphosis. From the beginning of this series, Vin has been somewhat of an anomaly. With each book, we got more and more glimpses into his character. On one hand, Vin is so very amazing with his ability to see others and to be a catalyst to life-altering changes in people, but on the other hand, Vin was the greatest tragedy. My heart bled for Vin in every book. Finally! Finally, we get to be a witness to Vin’s self-acceptance, to his own transformation. In many ways for me, this was the pinnacle, the ultimate high in this series. All of Vin’s horses and all of Vin’s men couldn’t put Vin back together again. Ultimately Vin had to drink his own Kool Aid. And, well, maybe it took a spunky young man named Mark and all his love to shove it down Vin’s throat. But with his help, along with Malcolm, Vin’s brother of the heart, and a whole line of Kings and Queens, we finally have a happily ever after.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*