Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Words that would haunt Lord Jamie Mainwaring long after he boarded the plane departing Phoenix, Arizona. After the deaths and destruction of the past events, Jamie feels that leaving is his only recourse, even if it means leaving once more the man he loves, Det. Remy Remington. Jamie watched Remy’s mouth form those words at the airport as he went through the doors to get on the plane. But it was too late for them and for the love that had followed them across oceans and continents for the last two years.
Brokenhearted and grieving, Remy watches Jamie leave him once more. But returning home, he finds that Jamie isn’t the only person leaving him. Toby is confused, shattered and angry…at Remy and the world. Toby flees his home and safety looking for answers to his past. What Toby finds in Las Vegas is nothing but trouble,
Fate has a way of pulling Jamie and Remy back together. Jamie’s is asked to get involved in one more case for the British special agency he used to work for. Remy leaves home looking for Toby and both paths intersect in Las Vegas where a corrupt prince, the lost boys from London, and Toby are intertwined in a mess of abuse, pain and potential death. Jamie and Remy must put all their past issues aside and come together to find and rescue Toby before the prince can destroy them all. Will Remy and Jamie finally prevail and find a future together for them as a family? Or will the coming storm destroy them once and for all?
Prevailing Winds, the Separate Ways series finale, is that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the icing on the cake and the cherries on top of the sundae! This is the story that is the salve for the wounds left behind by the tumultuous events and anguish of the last three books and I couldn’t be happier. For three bloody, suspense filled, painfully frustrating stories, Laura Harner has been developing her rollercoaster ride of a relationship between Lord Jamie Mainwaring and Det. Remy Remington.
From the moment they connected in London over missing boys, to the betrayals on the ocean cruise and the devastation of the events in Phoenix, the relationship dynamics between these two has been fascinating to watch as the men connected, fled, reconnected, and separated again and again. What has made it so endlessly addicting is that we understood why the separations had to happen, the mental and emotional changes each character had to undergo in order to make a relationship (any relationship) work, and all the obstacles that life and their jobs as well as nationalities placed in their paths. It wasn’t just one thing that kept them apart….but a boatload. Harner carefully built up wall after wall between these two wonderful characters. Walls made up of Remy and Jamie’s childhood issues and abuse, requirements of their individual jobs, and even personal outlook on long term relationships and ties. Throughout each story we waited for the barriers to start to fall. And they would start breaking down, a few bricks here and there. Only for us to watch the walls firm up again at the end of each story. Frustrating, authentic, and it made great reading.
And as skillfully as Harner built up those barriers, then she had to slowly and realistically break them down. And that took time. And three, no four books to accomplish that because Remy and Jamie are still working on their problems and expectations for each other and a long term partnership well into Prevailing Winds. This time, its Toby on the run and Remy following in his wake. And their paths intersect with Jamie on a mission in Las Vegas.
The point of view flows back and forth between Toby and Remy and Jamie. Toby’s scary predicament is heightened by this format as the danger increases the deeper the investigation goes and the closer the men get to finding Toby. Gut wrenching at times, the anticipation is overwhelming towards the end as we rush towards the denouement! Plus there’s not just one, but several here. Loved this part of the story. In fact, loved it all! So will you.
The writing is taut, smooth and fluid. The plot’s mechanisms are lovingly orchestrated for maximum excitement and anticipation. Oh, and for our total satisfaction as well. But you must read these stories in the order they were written, in order for the character development and situations to make sense.
This is one heck of a series and a great way to end it! Love the book, love the characters, and Las Vegas was the perfect place to bring it all to a head!
I highly recommend this story and series to all lovers of action, adventure and a long denied romance that finds it’s happily ever after!
Cover Art by Laura Harner. This cover is very different in design from the other three but it works great for the story.
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published July 23rd 2014 by Hot Corner Press
edition language English
seriesSeparate Ways #4
Separate Ways Series in the order they were written and should be read:
Continental Divide by Laura Harner and Lisa Worrell
Oceans Apart (Separate Ways #2) by Laura Harner
Moving Mountains (Separate Ways #3) by Laura Harner
Prevailing Winds (Separate Ways #4) by Laura Harner