This might sound strange, but I LOVE struggles in romantic relationships (in books). Easy relationships are cute, but I like the difficult ones—the ones where the characters are keeping themselves apart because they have inner demons or history or others things coming from inside the relationship to overcome. And this series, well, even in this third book, the characters still hadn’t gotten their shit together enough to settle into a happy relationship with each other, and I loved that they still had so many emotional struggles to overcome.
What’s also great is that there were still actual plots to all of the books, things outside the relationship they were trying to accomplish, but the authors use those plots in a great way and a way that furthered the relationship and personal struggles of Zander and Felix so that the characters still seem to take center stage. It was all just woven together so well.
I also loved how real these characters were. They all had flaws. None of them were too perfect or always knew the right thing to do. Zander and Felix both had insecurities and pain and inner struggles. And poor Felix—I felt so terrible for him this time especially because I could understand why he felt out of place, but he just was not handling things well emotionally. Then of course that also hurt Zander and made Elias, Nessa, and Qek concerned… so lots of feels all around. (Honestly, when I read these books, I was really stressed and distracted, and I think it impeded my ability to truly feel the emotion super strongly myself, but there was definitely emotion there.)
There was still a bit of a deus ex machina feel because of the thing that happened in Book 2, but, again, it was a minor thing and easy to overlook when everything else was so good.
So yeah, overall, this was another great book in the series with lots of emotional situations and obstacles for the characters (from both outside and inside themselves) but also lots of sweet romantic, friend, and family love!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Jenn Burke & Kelly Jensen's Chaos Station Series. Anyone who likes M/M romance, angsty/struggle-filled relationships, books set in space, realistically flawed characters, and imperfect but sweet relationships among lovers, friends, and family.