Review: Rising (Slay Quartet #4) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Rising
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 5/12/20
Length:  294 Pages
Series:  Slay Quartet #4

Overview

The stakes have never been higher, and she’s full of the devil.

Edward Fasbender is my husband.

Together, we brought down powerful men.

Now we have a chance to start over. To be the family neither of us ever had, to leave the past in the past where it belongs. Edward has a choice to make.

It will decide if we fall into the flames-or rise together.

My Thoughts

So it’s taken me a bit to read this final installment to the series, however it’s not because of the book. Life just got in the way and i’m sure many of you get that these days! Anyhow, we get to see how Edward and Celia’s story progresses and hope for the best.

When we left off, we knew that things were starting to setting in various parts of their lives. Edward’s quest to bring down Celia’s uncle was successful and there was closure there. We also saw that Celia was pregnant which brought upon us a whole new set of issues since Edward wasn’t necessarily keen to have more kids and that means that we’re going to see a whole lot of ‘compromise’. Add to that Edward’s need to know all of Celia’s secrets and well, that means we’re in for yet another roller coaster.

Throughout this final installment, we see each of our characters lay their cards out on the table, fight, put distance in between one another, we see the supporting characters of family play a role in the evolution of things, and we unfortunately get more of Hudson than we wanted.

There’s an underlying story of the power struggle between everyone in this series and this fourth book is no different. Edward needs to have control and when others seemingly have it, there’s no good that can come of it. We see Celia’s father step down as CEO and we see Edward trying to get that spot. Hudson has controlling shares of the company so that means that it’s an uphill battle that Edward will never win. On top of that, we know that there’s pure hatred between Hudson and Celia so that makes matters worse. When Hudson is put in danger though, we see the tables turn.

There’s also another sweet story that comes out of this one. We see Edward come to life as a father, and we see his role and appreciation for his kids change, especially with his oldest children. There’s something to be said about being put into positions that you’re uncomfortable and his eldest are able to do that and come out shining. I love that there’s a hint of what’s to come for his older daughter, and I can’t wait to see if there’s a separate story that I can read on that.

In any event, there are kidnappings in this book, we see passion and chemistry used as punishment over and over again, we also see a relationship crumble before our eyes. Business always seems to take priority and that’s not anything that we shy away from in this finale. So….all I can say is that it’s a crazy heated passionate finale and I think that the epilogue does a great job of tying up loose ends, and teasing new ones. Enjoy!

Review: Revenge (Slay Quartet #3) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Revenge
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 2/25/20
Length:  296 Pages
Series:  Slay Quartet #3

Overview

Their relationship changes again when Celia learns the devil takes care of his own.

Edward Fasbender is my savior.

From the ashes of who I once was, he is helping me to rise.

He has a list of people who have wronged him. And now he’s adding names to that list. Names that I gave him.

And we will have our revenge.

My Thoughts

In this third book, we see life become what it’s supposed to be between this married couple. They have decided on their compromises and as a result, they know what role they play in each other’s lives. That makes for an interesting dynamic when we know that what’s next on the plate is revenge (as the title implies) and vengance.

Throughout this third book, we watch Edward work to get his revenge against his new target Ron now that Celia has shown that her father isn’t the direct enemy any longer. As such, Edward enlists his sister Camilla to help pull off a scheme that will put Ron behind bars, make everyone who abused Celia in the past suffer and hopefully give them the closure that they need. What happens though is not what they were expecting and of course, the outcome changes what their implied hope of an outcome would be.

Add to that, Edwards need to control everything shows us that hes still out for blood against anyone who wronged Celia in the past, and that now includes Hudson and mystery guy A (aka Hudson). Celia’s not willing to go down that path, so we have to continue to read to see where that nets out.

In addition to all the revenge, we get to see Marion, Edward’s first wife and get to better understand their story. The nice thing about this book v. what we saw in the previous 2 is that we get flashbacks a bit to pieces of Edwards story that give us a more clear understanding of what shaped him. The relationship between Marion and Edward makes much more sense now and we see how it all came to be and how it expired as well.

The nice thing about this third book is that it gives us the heat and chemistry that we saw build in the beginning of their relationship and this is something that’s not dwindled at all as they’ve grown their farce into something real. There’s still so much tension and edge that you have no choice but to continue on reading and get completely sucked in. So with that in mind, i’m off to find book 4. Enjoy!