Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There is something ostentatious about Meghan March’s storytelling. Each word, each sentence, each paragraph, and each page tells tales of love and woe and adventure, and they leave her readers suspended, holding their collective breath, awaiting the end of the journey of a lifetime. It doesn’t matter if she’s writing about a billionaire hero of Neptune, an anti-hero who rules the dark underworld of New Orleans, the gazillionaire NYC businessman, or a fighter from the wrong side of the tracks, fighting for his soul. In each of her books, there is a guarantee that you won’t be able to set her books down. Even more, she loves to torture her readers with trilogies that make you wait patiently for the next book. Some of us readers eat them with the first serving, while her other readers exhibit supreme levels of self-control and binge them in one serving. It doesn’t matter how you read Meghan March’s books; in the end, you know that you will read whatever she’s cooking. And The Fight for Forever, the third book of her Legend Trilogy, is no different.
As the final book of this trilogy, there is much that March must do. For one, Gabriel Legend must solidify his future. After book 2, House of Scarlett, he’s won her heart, and he’s given himself over to her, but their future isn’t determined. In fact, March leaves us with a cliffhanger in book 2 that she must resolve. I won’t provide any more story for The Fight for Forever because you should read the book on your own. What I think is more meaningful is offering up feelings. Specifically, what did I feel when reading this final book?
*Angst. This is a cornerstone of March’s books. She builds the tension between the hero and heroine so distinctly that their journey keeps you suspended in time as you read March’s books. This is definitely the case with The Fight for Forever. This book has more twists and turns than, at least, the Mount Trilogy. Each page culled more problems for Gabriel and Scarlett, and you were never certain that these two would survive their story. While you can rest easy that these two love each other deeply, it’s their pasts that potentially end any future for them. As such, you find yourself hating to turn the page to find out their destiny, but needing to do so because you are compelled into the story. The angst of their story drives you forward.
*Contentment. At the conclusion of The Fight for Forever, there is a sense of completion with this story. Gabriel and Scarlett will find a “messy life” together, but March opens a new door for other characters at the story’s end, and it will excite you for her future books. However, March deftly drives this book to its end, crossing the finish line with easy aplomb. You will sigh in contentment over Gabriel and Scarlett’s journey.
*Admiration. As I was reading The Fight for Forever, I reveled in March’s style and her storytelling. With each new series/trilogy/book, March amazes me with her ability to write heroes and heroines that engage us in discussions about life. With The Legend Trilogy, there are messages about living a messy life, socio-economic disparity, and letting go of past sins to find a future wholly in the present. Yes, these messages aren’t overt; they are simply the driving forces behind the multi-barrelled plot points of her story. If you don’t like a particular character, March crafts other characters or storylines that attend you to her romance. Quite honestly, Meghan March makes writing romance look easy. Once again, The Legend Trilogy exhibits this unmistakably. It’s awe-inspiring that she can juggle her universe, incorporating characters and stories from her books in a way that feels organic to the present story. In doing so, she breeds continued nostalgia in her works. It’s clear that she’s intentional and insightful in her ability to bring pleasure to her readers. I think admiration is the biggest feeling for this trilogy.
There are very few authors like Meghan March. I can count on one hand the number of writers who create universes within her books. There is always an intentionality and thoughtfulness to her story-telling that grabs at the souls of her readers. The Fight for Forever, Gabriel and Scarlett’s final book, is a continuous reminder of the power of Meghan March’s romances to entertain, inspire, and leave us wanting more.
In love and romance,