Synopsis from Goodreads
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.
Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.
He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.
He warned her over and over that he wasn’t the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she’d given her heart so completely to both.
She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.
Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.
While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn’t feel like surrender… but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It’s a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.
She never asked for the keys to the kingdom. She’d much rather go out and build her own.
Karson really took me by surprise in Respect; I will admit I probably dismissed her feelings for Booker as a childish crush along with everyone else in the earlier books due to her age. What I missed was the intensity and connection the two shared despite their age difference. Karson is what I would call an old soul and she is uniquely self-aware, which explains the annoyance she has at the people around her for not seeing her clearly.
Both Karson and Booker have been manipulated by those closest to them in the name of love. Not realising the best thing for them is to be together. However, I do think the time they spent apart while Karson was at college allowed Karson to grow into the woman she was always destined to become. A fierce warrior beneath an angelic exterior. I loved her grit and determination in helping those less fortunate and delivering justice for those who weren’t able to do so for themselves. Anyone else think ‘Mother of Dragons’ when they picture Karson????
The whole Point and Breaking Point series has clearly shown that not everything in life is black and white, good or bad, everything is a shade of grey. Sometimes it takes doing the wrong thing for the right reasons to be truly effective in eliciting change for the better.
My heart broke for Booker after learning the things he has suffered throughout his life. My anger knew no bounds upon discovering the way in which Booker’s fear was used against him to create the void between himself and Karsen.
There is an unexpected thriller twist within Respect re-inforcing the structure of the series – good and bad lurk everywhere, outward appearances can be deceptive!!!!
Respect brings The Breaking Point to a well-rounded conclusion with appearances for all of the key players allowing a glimpse of the progression of their relationships and interactions alongside the main plot between Karsen and Booker. I am sad to see the series end, it will hold a special place in my heart. I am so glad I can revisit all the characters whenever I need to 😍 #pointgirlforever