Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eyes Wide Open picks up right where All In leaves us. Brynne and Ethan are at his sister's home after a pretty scary encounter at the event they are attending. We're still not sure exactly who is after Brynne, but we definitely see that things are becoming more dnagerous for her. Even though she and Ethan are both in a place where they have opened themselves up to acknowledging the full extent of their feelings to one another, they are thrown a series of challenges that they aren't sure they will be able to overcome.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that I suspected some things in the last book that proved true in this one. Even through the serious challenges and tragedies faced by both characters, we get to see Brynne and Ethan continue to grow and heal individually with regard to their respective issues, and together in their relationship and the challenges they share.
We learn more about what Ethan's past has done to him, and it is nice to see him realizing that he may need to get some outside help to move through his trauma completely. It is great to see Ethan through the eyes of his family and learn who he was before and after he went to war, as well as see him come back to himself through his relationship with Brynne.
Brynne continues to work through her own issues from the past, as well as everything that is thrown at her in the present. She learns to utilize the support of those who care for her and works to be a healthier person in spite of everything.
The chemistry between Brynne and Ethan just seems to get hotter, if that is even possible. I was cheering them on and kept hope that they would find their way through everything thrown in their path and each get to enjoy the relationship they both deserved with one another. This was a very satisfying end to a great trilogy.
*a copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review
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