I’ve started two other books before this one, but keep getting distracted. I saw this one was available, so I snapped it up because I knew I could finish it quickly. I ended up reading it in about two days, easily adding another book to my tally for the year.
This is the final book (for now) in the Unruly Royals series, focusing on youngest sister, Abigail. It is listed as the fourth book but it starts at the end of the wedding of the couple in the second book, so it’s all very confusing. Luckily for the reader (but unlucky for the family), oldest sister Claire is mentioned exactly once in passing during the entirety of the book, so this book could really be read before the third one and no one would notice. Bronte’s pregnancy with the twins comes up in Claire’s book as well as here, but it’s hard to keep the timeline straight. Given all the momentous events happening in Claire’s life, it’s sad that she’s never mentioned in Abigail’s presence in this book.
Anyway, this was my least favorite of all the books, so I’m happy the series is over. Prior to this book, all the readers knew about Abigail was her long term relationship with Tully (a woman) and she was the “black sheep” of the family, always traveling to do volunteer work in other countries. This book is all about Abigail falling in love with Eliot Cranfil (a man), who is much older than her. In passing, Abigail thinks about how she may be bisexual, but it’s glossed over in favor of contemplating how much she enjoys Eliot telling her what to do in bed. Additionally, a lot of her “growing up” has to do with becoming just as materialistic and comfortable with her substantial wealth as her older siblings. Maybe that would be part of her maturation process, but it just doesn’t feel like her character at all.
We caught up with Bronte and Max and David and Sarah much more than in the last book and the birth of Max and Bronte’s twins makes a nice bookend to the series, showing how far all of these “Unruly Royals” have come. I’ll miss them, but am happy to leave them there.