Series: That Man #5
Author: Nelle L'Amour
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 19, 2014
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About That Man 5:
The highly anticipated epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling THAT MAN series.
You are invited to the wedding of the century.
Attire: Be prepared to laugh, cry, and swoon.
Sexy as sin Blake Burns and his tiger, Jennifer McCoy, are finally going to tie the knot.
While a delusional, jealous ex and a looming dark secret from Blake's past still threatens their relationship, an unexpected life-or-death event may send their “I do’s” into Neverland.
Battling against the odds, Blake and Jennifer struggle to find their happily ever after. Only a miracle— and that man— can make it happen.
Wow, this kind of feels like coming full-circle. That Man 1 was one of the first ARCs I ever read. I didn’t yet have a book blog, but connected with Nelle through an ARC discussion board in a Goodreads group. To now be reading an ARC of the final book in the series and reviewing it for a tour company, on my blog, is kind of cool. So this review is also kind of self-reflective.
That being said, I feel like my reading tastes have changed a lot since then, so I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I liked the first three, which I read at least a year ago, if I had to guess.
Was this book fun, enjoyable, and easy to read? Absolutely. But I’m not sure I could put it on any “Best ______ Books” lists. The writing could definitely be improved, which has become more noticeable to me since I first read the beginning of the series.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve spent more time with the characters and Nelle’s writing, or I’ve just become more aware of the quality of the writing in a book, but the amount of drama, repetitive language, and character stereotypes stood out to me more in That Man 5 than any of the other books. Every chapter in Jen’s point of view had several, “Oh, my [insert character’s name]!” statements, it seemed like that was her reaction to any character doing anything.
And I know weddings are supposed to be stressful, even fictional ones, but this was just too much drama. It became hard to keep track of and seemed so over-the-top. I know that some people may prefer that, but like I said, my tastes have changed and I think I would’ve preferred less drama and a little more depth.
You may have read this review and be thinking, “Then why did you give this three stars? It sounds like you didn’t like it much.” Well, because my three star reviews are usually books where I see the merit, but it just didn’t hit the spot for me.
I can’t deny that this book was fun and easy to read. At no point was I ever tempted to DNF, or regret signing up for the blog tour and ARC. A year ago, I probably would have loved this book. And since I did love the first three books so much, I enjoyed seeing the happy ending to their story.
About Nelle L’Amour:
Nelle L’Amour is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Los Angeles with her Prince Charming-ish husband, twin teenage princesses, and a bevy of royal pain-in-the-butt pets. A former executive in the entertainment and toy industries with a prestigious Humanitus Award to her credit, she gave up playing with Barbies a long time ago but still enjoys playing with toys with her husband. While she writes in her PJs, she loves to get dressed up and pretend she’s Hollywood royalty.
Her books include the highly rated Seduced by the Park Avenue Billionaire Boxed Set, Undying Love, Gloria’s Secret, Gloria’s Revenge and the That Man trilogy. Gloria’s Forever, a novella, will be published in Spring 2014.