By Michelle Irwin
When she came home she had nothing left, but now she wants it all.
After fighting her way back from tragedy, Phoebe Reede is ready to claim the life she deserves. With Beau at her side, she thinks it might be possible. Only, the things she wants are out of her reach.
Can Phoebe find joy in what she has, or will she destroy her own happiness chasing a phantom?
Phoebe and Beau’s story is one that has captivated me since the very first page; it’s been a real page turner and has kept me on the edge of my seat. While I give PHANTOM 5❤️, I have to say that this was my least favourite book in the series. Phoebe had to fight several more battles, and I think I’ve just gotten to the point where I’m like, “She’s been through enough already. Leave her alone and let her have some happiness.” Because if anyone deserves peace and joy in her life, it’s Phoebe.
Phoebe has come a long way, but she still has a ways to go. A dream that once meant everything to her now means nothing, and without it, she’s not sure what to do with her life anymore. Because of that, I felt she made some huge life-changing decisions for the wrong reasons. These decisions were giant red flags for me; flags that Beau and her parents couldn’t⎯or didn’t want to⎯see.
Beau is still an absolute sweetheart, but in regards to one situation, maybe he was too much of a sweetheart. His willingness to sacrifice his happiness for Phoebe is admirable, but also a little dangerous. While I respect he wants to make her happy, he has to think about his own happiness⎯and sanity⎯as well. Honestly, I think both Phoebe and Beau would benefit greatly from going back into therapy.
In regards to other characters, I wasn’t a fan of the whole Angel situation, and that’s all I’ll say about that. Veronica was an interesting addition to the story, but sadly one that was not explored enough. Will we get more of her in the next story? Only time will tell. Finally, Declan. Well Declan is still awesome.
“What happened to my protective Daddy who was certain no one would ever be good enough for his little girl?”
“He met a guy that proved him wrong time and time again.”
PHANTOM is told only in Phoebe’s POV and, as with the previous story, it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. In fact, it actually comes with a nice HFN ending. That being said, this is not the end for Phoebe and Beau, whose story will conclude in BEACON, which comes out in August.
Phantom (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story # 5)
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