Title: Legally Ours
Series: Spitfire Trilogy #3
Author: Nicole French
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Skylar Crosby knows betrayal. She knows the deep stab when those closest to you deceive your fragile trust. And she knows what it’s like when your secrets cost you everything––including the love of your life.
Now kidnapped, scared, and alone, Skylar has no reason to believe in her rescue. Not when she can still see the look on Brandon’s face when she smashed his heart to pieces. Even if Skylar can get out of her physical prison, can she escape the cage created by her guilt?
Brandon Sterling spent the last fifteen years desperately trying to reinvent himself: as a lawyer, a businessman, and now a candidate for public office. But as these daily stressors mount alongside a dangerous threat to his family and loved ones, the old Brandon reemerges: a ruthless hoodlum who’d rather use fists than brains to solve his problems.
Now, when the one he loves most is taken, can Brandon move past her deceit in order to find her? And if he does, will Skylar still want the man he’s become in order to protect her?
This is the third book in the Spitfire Trilogy. Readers will enjoy it most if they have already read Legally ours (Book 1) and Legally Mine (Book 2).
When many moons ago Nicole French contacted me to ask me whether I’d like to review her novel, I would have never imagined how deeply in love I would fall for her books and her characters.
But now I’m here, after finishing the third instalment in the Spitfire trilogy, trying not to get swallowed by the void created by the end of this journey.
These books reminded me of my love for trilogies and series. Because when the narrative isn’t constricted in one single novel, you get to know the people beyond the characters And let me tell you, these people are anything but simple. Out of all the characters I’ve read of so far this year, Brandon and Skylar shine through for their humanity and realism. They are far from perfect, but still manage to result relatable and likable. More than that in case of Brandon 😉
I love you for the way you leave the fireplace on at night for visitors who might stop by unannounced. I love the way you get lost in science and numbers and leave your scratch of papers all over your house. I love the way you’ve taken on my family like they were your own, protected us when you didn’t have to.”
[…]I love you because you’re the kind of person who will send a woman flowers for six straight weeks to say you’re sorry. I love you because you’re the kind of man who still shows up in the middle of the night just to walk a girl safely home. The kind of man who will rescue someone even
when they’ve broken your heart.”
But above all else, the reason why I think everyone should read these books is that I’ve rarely in my reader’s life come across such an epic romance. And it’s not epic in a “separated by the war” or “mythological star-crossed lovers” way. What makes it epic is that they go through so many things, so, so many things during these three books, and yet they always manage to find a way to be together, to let their love prevail. It’s angsty, and it’s raw at times. But it’s epic.
Brandon and Skylar both have very strong personalities. They clash, they fight, sparks fly, they hurt each other, they make up. But in the end one truth rise above all: they cannot live without the other. And not in a weird dependent kind of way a la Bella Swan. But because their love for one other is so encompassing… there is no way to explain it. You have to feel it. Their existences are simply better when they are together. And for all their differences, from the age gap, to the power gap, to the money gap, they are perfect for one another, they stimulate one other. There is no real disparity and when they are together, they are like in this little bubble of perfection.
This last instalment of the series was the most epic of all. I starts with a boom. I already knew from the ending of book two that it would be amazing because I love when things start in medias res and the whole situation was so adrenalinic. And from there there was never a dull moment. There was a continuous evolution of the story, the characters, of the romance itself. As they say: Ad maiora!
I also want to give the author kudos for the perfect balance she created in the book. Oftentimes the last book in a trilogy is just a giant bowl of happy happy happy, just to appease the reader’s craving for a certain couple. But no. Here you can find the whole range of emotions.
Another thing I noticed and appreciated is how a lot of the focus was on Brandon. In book two we have seen Skylar struggling with her family issues, both mother and father-wise, struggling with her personal decision and dealing with a lot of internal conflicts. We had many scenes with her and Eric, or even Jared. But here, almost the whole narration revolves around Brandon AND Skylar. Them, as a couple. As the title says “Ours” not “Mine” or “Yours” anymore. Not to say that secondary characters get forgotten, but the main focus of the story was more centered on the two MCs.
“It’s no mansion on the Commons…” I recalled.
“But it’s hoome to me,” Brandon finished with a smile. “And then you let me kiss you again, and I knew you were home to me, Red.”
As usual for this series, this books is hot as hell and Brandon has easily become one of my top book boyfriends. He’s such a rounded character, with so many contradictions and issues. There’s something absolutely endearing about him and the way he approaches problems. There’s nothing more than Brandon Sterling wishes more than a family and unconditional love. So we see him fighting against his past, PTDS, and all the while trying to understand what he really wants out of life.
But one thing he knows for sure. That he needs his Red by his side. In Legally Ours she’s his rock and I loved it. I mean, she’s younger than him, a new lawyer, compared to his tycoon status and law firm owner. And yet she’s his strength.
So this book is the culmination of their love story and the ending was simply… parfait! I couldn’t had envisioned a better ending for the two of them.
Last, but absolutely not least, the writing style. It has gotten better and better with every book and I have no doubt whatsoever that it won’t take long before Nicole French goes head to head with the big names in the industry. I won’t be waxing any more poetics about her because she knows how much I adore her and her novels. Her books talk by themselves and if you haven’t read this series, I’m telling you, you are missing out on an epic romance.
“I was made for one thing, Red,” he sad as he pulled me close. “To love you.”
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Nicole French is an East Coast/West Coast hybrid creature, Springsteen fanatic, hopeless romantic, and complete and total bookworm. When not writing or teaching about writing, she is hanging out with her family, playing soccer with the rest of the thirty-plus crowd in Seattle, or going on dates with her husband. In her spare time, she likes to go running with her dog, Greta, or practice the piano, but never seems to do either one of these things as much as she should.