Yeah, this is going to be super short because I really really want to start book #4 like right now.
But gosh, I absolutely loved every second of this! From the crisp writing and the slow burn romance to the complex but so riveting relationships among all of the brothers. I was afraid this would follow the typical bad-boy meets good girl cliched storyline, and it does essentially follow that, but both Gabriel and Layne are such well-drawn characters that it all just works . Layne is my new favorite heroine in such a long time. Yeah, she's shy and nerdy, but I love that she is never afraid to call out Gabriel when he's acting like an ass. And how he doesn't fail to see through her excuses either. Her relationship with her family, her dad particularly, I could relate to a lot.
They just both fit together so well, and I enjoyed seeing them grow closer together, and grow up together.
I read a lot of MM now, so I'm used to reading male POVs, but I think this is one of the very few times where it truly felt so authentic and just more real, somehow.
I also loved the supernatural element, seeing Gabriel's affinity with fire, and the compulsive desires that he always struggles to control. I also loved his relationship with his twin Nick and his burgeoning friendship with fellow misfit Hunter. Though I loved the romance, the family relationships are what stood out to me the most, and what I got most invested in. Really excited to continue the series and getting to know each of these boys more.