Title: Tangled up in Love
Author: Charlotte Byrd
Publisher/Year: Byrd Books 4/9/19
Length: 186 Pages
Series: Tangled #5
After everything that we have been through, is this finally the end of us?
Our life isn’t like other people’s.
I crashed into his perfectly ordered world, changing everything. He took my innocence and I taught him that life is better outside the walls of his cloistered mansion.
But then he came along. Parker Huntington is the man who stalked me, attacked me and kidnapped me.
No one has heard from him for a while, and I thought that I was safe. But now he’s back with a vengeance.
He will do anything to tear us apart.
What happens if he succeeds?
This is the final bit of our story and it’s an insane one. We left the fourth book with someone getting shot in the head and that changes the trajectory of things a little bit.
That person was Martin – Harley’s bodyguard and Julie’s boyfriend. We knew that they were in love and now that’s been crushed…and Julie blames Harley. So this means that we see a strong friendship torn apart and that’s a tough pill to swallow knowing how much they mean to each other.
When Martin’s killed, Harley finds herself in the hospital as well. She was hit by the assassins bike and now she’s lost her baby. So we really do start this last book on a sad note. There’s really no hope for any happiness for these guys.
So from that point we watch the misery and depression kick in. we watch the uncertainty take hold and wonder if there’s a glimmer of hope to bring things back together.
What we see come out of all this is the starting of something interesting. Harley forces herself to question things that she didn’t think about before. She never thought much about Parker’s background before and now she’s pushed into doing all this research to learn who he is, where he’s from and try to understand why she’s his target. The path that she goes down isn’t a safe one, but she’s still able to learn more on her own than with the help of the police or the PI.
The other story line is Liddell – getting controlling power over Minetta isn’t enough. He forces Jackson to stay on as CEO and then pushes him to make these big shows of romance etc to raise the positive PR of the company so that he can get a good price when it goes public and get out of the business. So that means that he forces Jackson to do a showy proposal and a showy wedding. The challenge becomes that he knew at one point Harley would say yes but now he’s not so sure. If he doesn’t do all these things for Liddell, then we have no idea what will happen.
The journey in this story is one of rediscovery, pain, anguish and trying to find what the future will hold. Relationships that we thought were strong are gone, and relationships that we hoped would be strong are on fragile ground.
There’s fear of the notion Parker is still out there and we don’t know what he’s going to do next – and that means that no one is safe. We also have Aurora as a bit of a loose canon since she doesn’t know what it is that she wants in life, although she’s realized that Jackson probably was it at one point.
The conclusion that we get is a good one for the way that this story evolved. It’s a shame that story lines ended as they did for so many of our main characters, but I think that sometimes we have to accept the bitter sweet aspect of things, and realize that reality isn’t perfect. Now I have to find something else to read- but I do hope you check this series out and enjoy it!