Piper Dreams, part two. Amelie Duncan.
Well, the last one ended with Piper gutted, broken hearted at leaving Brody. When push came to shove he’d chosen not to give them a chance and she’s grieving. But school beckons, she’s still got to find a way to pay for tuition, find somewhere to live, a job for food and lodgings after the huge fallout with her mum. What a sleaze that Royce is, but it’s him her mum believes and poor Piper needs to sort finances out ASAP.
Brody didn’t want to leave her but feels her career comes first, he can see how excited she gets talking about it and thinks being involved with him will just drag her down. Seren needs him and Cole ( ack!) is relying on him. He feels he owes him for their childhood and genuinely loves Seren as part of the family.
I love Brody but boy – the way he feels he owes Cole and is willing to give up love to take his place really gets me. Cole – in my opinion – is just being selfish. He loves Seren, she’s been seriously ill, close to death and needs him but…he wants to stay with his career and leaves the day to day stuff to Brody??? Who does that? That makes me So Mad. I’m sure he could have left early, got compassionate leave, something…but he seems content to play ostrich, he stays at work, and Seren stays well. He needs a kick up the a rse IMO. Sadly his attitude is actually very real. One in four relationships fail when someone is diagnosed with cancer. I was lucky, but an online friend wasn’t. Her husband just couldn’t cope with her being so very ill 😦 So even though I hate Cole for it his reaction is very true to life.
There’s some shakeups in this book, Piper’s life was turned on its head meeting Brody, and now she can’t go back. He’s “in” her, changed her, and she misses him. He’s missing her too, Seren is angry at his choice, she was scared and did ask him to stay but didn’t mean him to drop Piper, and she’s trying hard to make things right.
Cole’s home now and can see for himself now just how sick she is, and though Brody’s been to all her appointments and knows her position it feels like Cole has just been kidding himself, telling himself if he can’t see it then it hasn’t happened. Now though Seren is right in front of him, pale, thin, in pain and the Doctors are telling him just how ill she is. Seren never gives in though and plans something special, something that will bring everyone she loves together again including, she hopes, Brody and Piper. Cole was awful to Piper in book one but when he meets her he can see how much she means to Brody and him to her. I still don’t like him but I don’t dislike him as much 🙂
Its great to catch up with the biker gang again, meet Pipers slightly dotty Aunt Luna, (and I love her character!) get to know Seren, Brody and Cole as a unit, see Jorge and his friend/girlfriend Nora, and of course we meet Matt, bane of Pipers Freshman year but now her study partner in Professor G’s Ten,
Its another heart tugging read, rollercoastering from highs to low, from things looking up to them dropping right down again. Drama all the way, just how I love it. I’m really keen to see how Amelie wraps it all up.
ARC supplied by author
I’ve read a few of Dawn’s novels now, and looked forward to this. It had a lot more of the suspense angle than I expected, but not so Ops heavy that I couldn’t follow it. Sometimes suspense novels get so detailed on the equipment, guns etc and where and when everyone is placed that I get lost. One character says some cryptic sentence, the other nods knowingly and I’m left thinking “What??”
Thankfully that doesn’t happen here. There is lots of drama, lots of danger, but at all times I felt I could follow it, which meant I felt I was there with the characters. They’re the best reads for me, the ones where I get totally absorbed into the story, feel what they feel, happy, sad, scared or angry.
Zoe is a great lead, strong, opinionated and confident.With her dad and brother both in the services she knows how things work, knows when they’re deep in the field not to worry if they’re out of contact, and not to bother them with petty issues when they do call. Then Mercer comes into her life. She doesn’t let anyone in, let anyone get close, ever, but somehow he worms his way into her life and then….Well, she can’t believe what she’s hearing, that valuable and confidential info is being routed through her PC. She knows her dad and brother are loyal, knows it’s not her either but how can she prove it when all trails seems to stop at her. Then the dangers step up too, and the action gets really complicated.
She feels angry at Mercer, at the way he took her in, but she knows how things work, knows that when its essential her dad or brother would have sanctioned the same thing, but knowing that and being subject to it are two separate issues. She can’t help feeling stupid, taken in, she really though Mercer wanted her, and not that he was looking for a way into her home 😦
I so felt for her, that must have been gutting. Its a fine line though, and I’m not sure how I feel about this sort of action. Given the current issues here in the UK where operatives deliberately cultivated relationships with women in certain politically sensitive groups or who were thought to be involved in some way, and then some went on to have children, get married even under false IDs, and the poor women were kept in the dark til it all blew open. It makes me very uncomfortable. Many of these ladies had done nothing except campaign on animal welfare issues, things like that and something I’ve certainly done, it seems very extreme. What about the kids, what about the families created who later find dad has just disappeared, or who they’ve been told is dead only to find he wasn’t who they thought, and it was all a set up. Horrible experience but as in this book it happens.
Then of course you have people like Mercer who go on to develop real feelings for the target…what then? Can they pick up when everything dies down? Can they make the lady believe they are genuine this time? I’d be really cautious and so was Zoe. Mercer has his work cut out protecting her, tracing who’s behind everything, convincing his boss and colleagues he can still do his job even when they see his feelings for Zoe are real…
It wraps up in a very active climax, with deeper secrets coming out too, and a good opening left for the next book. Sometimes series like this are ones where each book is complete and a new story each time but characters are loosely connected. Here it looks like its to be same main characters and a continuation of this plot, which seems to have opened up a larger one.
Oh – I loved the parrot – and the way her dad treated him!
Stars: Four, a great read
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.