Hate F*@k: Part Three (The Horus Group #3) by Ainsley BoothHate F*@k: Part Three by Ainsley Booth
Published April 2015
Series: The Horus Group #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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In the blink of an eye, everything changed, and I can’t pretend I don’t need Cole anymore.
He’s my heart and soul, but he’s shut me out, and I’m scared.

Keeping Hailey at arms’ length used to be an annoying challenge. Now it’s a matter of life and death.
I want vengeance. And then I want Hailey to be mine, forever.

Hailey Reid is missing, and it’s partly because Cole Parker risked her safety without thinking about the consequences. Indeed, his involvement in trying to uncover an organized abduction/prostitution ring places him and Hailey bang in the middle of his opponents’ bullseye. Will he manage to rescue her, and will good-natured Hailey ever be the same again?

What I loved about this book:

  • Wish I could find anything I liked at all…

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The rushed pace and ending
  • The lack of interaction between the characters
  • The downplaying of important story-elements

To begin with, please note that Hate F*@k: Part Three is not a standalone and you will need to have read the two previous parts in order to understand a single thing in this story. I absolutely loved the two first books so I couldn’t wait for Part Three to be released (and I was extremely glad to have gotten my hands on a Netgalley ARC). However, nothing prepared me for the utter disappointment that this short-story held in store for me.

Indeed, so many things were wrong with Part Three. First of all, it was extremely short. Don’t get me wrong, it was the same length as the previous books, but sooo many things happened, and of course, to make sooo many things happen within a limited amount of pages, the author dealt with them swiftly and made the issues disappear as fast as they arose.

For instance, we know that Hailey is kidnapped at the end of Part Two, and it’s kind of a big deal, right? Well, not according to Hate F*@k: Part Three, because it took around 10 pages for the issue to resolve itself. And after that, there are just plenty of pages (useless pages, if I may add) of Hailey and Cole awkwardly dealing with the consequences of her abduction (which, let’s be honest, are non-existent). It was all huge drama – much ado about nothing.

And Hailey and Cole just didn’t have the same explosive chemistry as before. Sure, they have hot sex, but I can’t really say that there’s more to it than that. It’s really a shame: I didn’t get my fill of overbearing Cole and good-natured Hailey – all those character traits were missing. And the end of the book (meaning: the conclusion to their relationship) was sappy and rushed.

To be quite honest, I hadn’t read Hate F*@k: Part Two so long ago (perhaps 4 or 5 weeks ago?) but I had huge difficulties getting back into the book and there were so many characters I couldn’t remember that it took me a few overwhelmingly annoying minutes to place them again. And the moment I did – the book was over. Duh.

To me, it just felt like Hate F*@k: Part Three was a rushed, un-creative ending to Hailey and Cole’s story, that had to be written just for the sake of it. And it completely lost its charm compared to the prequels.

In the end, if I’m not mistaken, it’s just a short story (maybe 90 minutes of reading) and it’s not overly expensive – I believe it’s even included in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited selection. So if you had read Part One and Part Two before and would like some closure on Cole and Hailey’s story, I guess you should give it a go. But don’t expect it to be nearly as good as the prequels. And well, if the next Horus Group books follow the same format, then I’m definitely not as interested as I used to be…

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