When Mick walked away from Rowen, he had his reasons and they may not have been exactly what he’d told Rowe. It’s been two months since the incident in the woods and from day one Mick has been plagued with nightmares. At first they were to be expected, but now his mind seems to be turning on itself. Unable to sleep and unable to eat, Mick finally gives in and reaches for the only comfort he knows. Rowen.
Rowen has kept his distance for the past couple of months because it’s what Mick wanted and maybe Rowen thought it was best for Mick too, but he’s hated seeing the man he loves suffer. The steady weight loss and dark circles beneath Mick’s eyes worry Rowe every day. When Mick shows up at his door asking only to be held so he can sleep, Rowen can only say yes. But it’s the most difficult thing he’s ever done. As Mick sleeps, he’s restless and miserable, but Rowen knows better than to wake a dreaming man, so he waits and sooths him.
Rowen has found his way out of the darkness because of Mick and blames himself every day for the darkness he sees encroaching on the usually cheery man he loves. From this point on Rowen makes a vow to do any and everything to take that darkness away even if it means Mick never wants to see him again.
Have you guys been following along? Because if you have you’ll know how much I absolutely adore Mick and Rowen. These two guys stole my heart so long ago and haven’t turned it loose. Not sure if it’s this author’s quick wit, the intensity of the relationship between Mick and Rowe, or the rapture of the storyline, but this series has held me captivated from day one.
I’ve got to say my heart was broken at the start of this one. I knew it would be because of how the last story ended, but man, to see Mick so changed from his usual smart ass, happy-go-lucky, never-back-down-never-surrender attitude. It was devastating to read. He took such a one-eighty from the Mick of the previous four books that I was afraid of how Fellows was trying to play this one, but once again she redeemed herself and her story. Poor Mick though. Geez. And Rowen. Finally! It’s nice to see him happy. And a little bit strange, but the big, stoic Native American is in love and acknowledges it. It’s sweet and endearing in a way I didn’t think possible. I’m very happy with Mick’s and Rowen’s journeys from book one to now.
The only thing that I’m a little iffy about in this story is Mick’s dreams. It’s a little new age/fantasy. Healing through his dreams? It’s not very realistic. And yes, I can suspend disbelief. In fact, I did for a while. But something about it didn’t quite sit right. It didn’t feel organic enough for these guys, like it was forced. I felt like I needed something solid between them to show how Mick had come to the conclusion. If they’d fought and raged and slammed doors, maybe that would have helped. Instead, he dreams and suddenly he knows why he’s been acting the way he’s been acting for the past two months? And only when he sleeps in Rowen’s arms? It just didn’t seem real.
Overall, this has been my favorite of all the finals of the Pulp Friction series of books so far. Mick and Rowe hold a very special place in my heart, partly because they’re connected to Wick (loosely) and brought me him again this year and partly because they’re so freakin’ adorable. Yes, disbelief suspended, I really enjoyed this story and am dying to see what is to come of them in the finale. I definitely recommend Final Blow and the entire Whispering Winds series by Havan Fellows.
Note: Final Blow is the fifth book in the Whispering Winds series by Havan Fellows. This series must be read in order.