“The moment I saw him, I knew deep in the marrow of my bones that I belonged to this man. The other half to my soul. Holding his life to mine is the worst thing I’ve ever felt in this world.”
Willow Winters has written an epic love tale of two star-crossed lovers in her Merciless Series. Endless is the final book in the story of Aria and Carter, people from different families at odds with each other. Through each of the books in the series, whether you approved of Carter’s methods of obtaining Aria or his ways of keeping her, it was written in the stars that these two would end up together.
I was thankful to get my hands on an ARC of this book because Winters left us with a cliffhanger in the third book of the series, Breathless. At the start of this book, that cliffhanger is resolved quickly, but our H/h struggle to reconcile their relationship. In fact, that is THE struggle of this book: can people from different families who hate each other, even though they love each other, be together “endlessly?” You will need to read the book to find out.
I think the goal of Winters for this book was humanizing Carter. In the first three books, he embodies the role of head of a crime family. He inhabits this role in such a way that his humanity doesn’t exist. He allows himself to take Aria and hold her captive, taking her virtue at any time. Until he finds his humanity, his self-sacrifice, he cannot be with Aria.
Even more, until Aria recognizes her own power in her choice and in her family, the two can have no future. Once she becomes a woman of strength, her fate with Carter is determined.
Together, Aria and Carter are the power of this book. The rest of the story is ancillary to their struggle and the resolution of their struggle. Honestly, for most of the book, my stomach hurt because they could not come together. Unfortunately, tragedy must strike in order for them to fully recognize the truth of their relationship. In this moment, my stomach stopped hurting, and I could finally relax. “I’m where I’m supposed to be. Beside Carter Cross. Our present and our future tied together. ‘We will rule. That’s what’s going to happen, my songbird.’”
Like the first three books, this book is just as angsty up until the very end. You will love Aria and Carter and root for them even when all hope seems lost. Winters has created a compelling story that will continue on with Jace’s story (and I hope Nikolai’s, Declan’s, etc.) It will rip your heart out a bit but patch it back together in the end.
Overall: 5 Star Read
In love and romance,