Chase wisely realized that her memorably over-the-top characters from Tangled have a lot more growing up to do, and allows them to deal with the worst parts of themselves in this follow-up novel. Fans will no doubt be delighted to return to this scorching couple, this time seeing the world from the heroine’s point-of-view, but new readers will find much to love here, too. Though the emotions here are very real, some of the scenarios feel a little forced and character development isn’t as profound as it could be. Nevertheless, the wit and heart that built this franchise is evident throughout, and the final scene will easily crack the hardest of hearts.
For two years, Kate and Drew have been blissfully happy and enjoying every moment of their steamy, adventurous relationship. But they can’t escape reality forever. When their worst fears are realized, Kate knows she has no choice but to return home — alone and heartbroken. Forced to face her past and her more recent choices, Kate’s happily-ever-after never seemed so far away. Fortunately, neither she nor Drew are the type to admit defeat without a fight. (GALLERY, Apr., 272 pp., $15.00)