I have a confession to make before you read my review. This is my first KC Enders book. A Facebook friend of mine suggested I sign up for an ARC of the book to provide a review, and I trust her taste in books as we LOVE the same authors. So I did it. I signed up and received said ARC.
I give you this confession because I have not read the prior 2 or so books in the series. While this is book 3 (I think the final book), it does read like a standalone. Yes, there are characters mentioned in the book and stories alluded to in the story that made me feel a little left out, but it did not affect the story of Jack and Kate at all.
Now, to my review of Tombstones. Here’s the formula of success for a book like Tombstones: military guy + Kindergarten teacher + a month of fantastic $ex + secret baby = a great read. Tombstones is everything you love in a romance novel. The characters are incredibly likeable. I think Jack and Kate are two of the most well-mannered, mature, and nicest characters I’ve read in a while. Sadly, Jack is a bit clueless through some of the book. While he treats Kate well, he is your typical confirmed bachelor with no want for kids” kind of hero. You know, the type of hero who has the girl of his dreams, but he walks away from her because he can’t see the forest through the trees. That’s okay. As we all know, the clueless guy usually figures it out, albeit it is pretty late in the story.
Kate is patient and mature. Given her “situation” in the book, she could take steps to increase the drama of her life, but she doesn’t. She handles Jack leaving and her secret baby with a grace that makes her incredibly likeable.
Now, the reason I don’t give this book a full 5 stars is I needed a bit more “love” from these two. They are clearly attracted to each other, and they love each other’s company. However, I wanted to feel a deeper love between them. With the falling action after the climax, I had a hard time accepting Jack’s proposal because I didn’t necessarily read his love as undying. I think Enders could have developed that a bit more before ending the story.
However, there are so many aspects of this book that make it a must read. Obviously, I’ve focused on the characters, but the story flows. You do not want to put it down (at least, I didn’t). Additionally, all of the supporting characters make you wish you could live in Beekman Hills, New York and sit in McBride’s Public House at the bar being served by Finn or Gracyn. Even more, these characters don’t add more drama to Jack and Kate’s story (well, that’s not entirely true, but I don’t want to reveal a plot point); instead, they support them and add layers to the story.
I am extremely glad that my friend recommended I read KC Enders. When I clear out more of my Kindle library, I know I will read more of this series and more of her books. Tombstones has everything in it (hot military guy, secret baby, an engaging story) that makes this reader very, very happy.
In love and romance,