I went into this book with a huge, deep, dark, depressing cloud of apprehension. Liz was such a biotch in The Perfect Play that I couldn't understand what Ms. Burton was thinking matching gorgeous Gavin with her. As far as I was concerned, she wasn't good enough for him.
I struggled for half the book; unwilling to relent to Ms. Burton's obvious knowledge that Liz was more than just a pretty face and managing shark. I fought it until, at last, I couldn't deny Liz's humanity. It turns out, the she-devil, was really a multifaceted woman and it wasn't long after I wove the white flag, that I began to question if Gavin deserved her
! Worse, yet, was watching Mick (Gavin's brother and the hero from the first book, The Perfect Play)be so un-hero-like. Then, surprise of all surprises, I found myself wanting to not only slap Mick for his treatment of Liz, but Gavin for not standing up for the woman he obviously loved. I'm telling you I was moodier while reading this than a woman craving chocolate on a diet!
I underestimated Liz. She's a strong woman with a past and fear. The fear is what caused her to act, without thought, in the first book. It's the same fear that she works so hard at overcoming in this book. Thankfully, the Riley men grow some sense by the end. Liz wasn't the only one forgiving Mick during their heartfelt talk. And once Gavin realizes what a complete idiot he's been, I love how he makes it up to her in a BIG way!