Friday, April 21, 2017

Title: In the End
Series: Lifetime #3
Author: Ariadne Wayne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2017


The time has come for Finn to find out the truth about his father. When he seems to take it in his stride, Matt, Ella, and Sam are relieved. But nothing’s that simple when you’re seven years old.

Sam’s love life has been on hold while he gets to know his son. Meeting single mother, Natasha, rocks his world. She’s not had an easy life and he has to navigate through her past to make her see a future. The one thing that scares her, Sam’s guilty of. Love’s never easy, especially when there are secrets involved.

The last book in the Lifetime series features a boy finding out about his father, a father falling in love, and the last wedding you’d ever expect on the farm.

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Ariadne Wayne is the alter ego of Wendy Smith. She loves books and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Having always had a prolific imagination she now writes the words down instead of storing them in her head where she can't share them. When she's not writing she works in Telecommunications, frequently banging her head on the desk with the random things that can happen to the ordinary phone line.

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This can be read as a standalone since this is about Sam; however, the full story of his background on his history in full detail can be found in book one of this series. Had I not read the full series and picked up this book, I feel you could follow along just fine once you know the characters. From a personal opinion, Sam is more likable in this book than in book one and has fully redeemed himself for his mistakes even though I still cannot figure out why he chose this route. Oh, yeah, maybe cause men take forever to grow up lol. 
Sam has made a huge mistake years ago and the time has come for the truth about who the father is to Finn now that he is older. Surprisingly, Finn took this better than I thought and I loved how Sam didn’t rush him and when the time came he made him feel like it was his room.  Sam had put his love life on hold for a few years leading up to knowing his son. When he meets single mom, Natasha or Tash as he calls her and Paige you see an instant connection either was not ready for. He treats her and Paige the way he should have treated his ex-wife, Ella and Finn (his son). This is one of his redeeming points, but the one thing that scares Tash to be with Sam is one he is guilty of and she needs to figure out if she wants to push this aside. 
Tash has it hard, but she is doing the best she can as a single mom. Her ex-Dean, wowzer, you deserved your payback tenfold. Sorry, but my lips are sealed on a few twists thrown in this story. We see quite a few and one will have your heart pumping and hoping that it doesn’t stop. You will fall in love with her daughter Paige too! You want to know the bonus to reading this book, not only do we get a dual POV on Sam and Natasha, but we get a POV on Matt/Ella’s life too. It allows us to come full circle to see what transpires with all and just how smoothly this complex yet dysfunctional family makes it work. When I say dysfunctional I don’t mean in a bad way either, I mean in the way the blended families come together to raise Finn. We also get a to see Vanessa/Connor’s wedding on the farm. That’s a shocker coming from Nessa, but it was something this whole family needed. 
As you will see this is going to be an emotional story, but in the end, it works out and each character couple is meant for each other. The love for each one is amazing and while we see some irony with Sam’s present and past including a snippet irony with Matt/Ella it worked out how it should have.  You will fall in love with these characters even if you have only read this book and nothing else in the series. A perfect ending to this series and I can only hope we see them in the future. Maybe a spin-from the children. I will gladly say that even though I don’t see Sam as Salmonella (like a poison) anymore, I am happy that Matt ended up with Ella as he was always meant to be with her. Sam just had to grow up and meet his someone at that right moment and that was with Tash. The history between Sam/Ella was meant to happen at that time and gave them Finn. So, it was a win-win for all years later once all was said and done. You will laugh, cry and be holding your tummy when a twist has us wondering where this story is headed. Whew! In the End, it left us smiling and loving this whole blended family. This is how grownups should handle these types of situations when it comes to kids. I highly recommend this book or series to those who enjoy these types of reads.  

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