In this The Finish Line book review I’m sharing my thoughts on the final book of The Ravenhood series by Kate Stewart. As usual I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but there will likely be a few small spoilers in this review. If you haven’t read the first two books in this series please do so before reading this review.
“I’m glad that you loved him, and I’m glad he knew what it felt like to be loved by you before he died, and it’s because of the way you love.”Kate Stewart, The Finish Line
The Ravenhood series is an Adult Contemporary romance series that came highly recommended on BookTok. I was really apprehensive about picking up this last book because I was pleased with the way Exodus ended. I’m glad I did though because this book really did enhance the entire story.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Gun Violence
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
Synopsis and Author
In The Finish Line we follow Tobias and Cecelia as they face their biggest obstacle yet, their relationship. Tobias needs to win Cecelia but is plagued by his unfinished past that he needs to fix so he can keep Cecelia safe from his own demons.
We finally find out the secrets of the eldest King brother, what happened as a kid, and how he became the man he is today.
The Ravenhood series was supposed to be two books but Kate Stewart has given us the ending we deserve with the final book, The Finish Line.
The Finish Line Reading Experience
We are in small town Virginia through most of this book following along as Tobias tries to adapt to a more normal life while he takes a “vacation” from Exodus and lets others take the lead. Unlike in the last two books we now get his point of view along with flashbacks to his childhood and life before Cecelia.
This story moved fairly quickly and gave us so much information that just enhanced the rest of the series. While Exodus will break your heart, this book will help to stitch it back together as we deal with healing and mental health issues.
This book was beautiful with some fantastic action scenes. It’s an amazing completion to the series.
The ebook version of The Finish Line is 521 pages in 47 chapters which makes it the biggest book of the series. It took me about 9 hours to read this book and once I sat down with it I couldn’t put it down.
Just like with the last two books it’s easy to read, with fantastic descriptions of the people and the places we visit. Kate Stewart did such a fantastic job with delivering this story in a way that just solidified the love you will have for these characters.
The Finish Line Book Review
Here’s the part where I get really emotional. It has been a couple of weeks since I finished these books and I’ve had to pace myself in writing these reviews because I keep crying thinking about certain scenes.
After finishing Exodus I seriously considered not reading this book because Exodus was a happy ending, at least mostly. However, being the completionist that I am, I read the book and I’m glad I did. However, my heart hurts and I’ve been completely wrecked by this entire series.
Cecelia and Tobias are the point of views that we get in this story and I haven’t fallen so hard for Tobias before I read this book. His past, his struggles, his fears. Everything about him just makes me fall even more for him.
At the same time I was falling for Tobias I was loving the growth Cecelia was showing. The way she was working through forgiveness, learning to trust, and then showing just how badass she really is. The character growth throughout this series is perfect and really well done.
Of course all the Triple Falls boys are immediate favorites for me. I still absolutely adore Tyler and I was extremely happy with Sean’s story.
This book gives us a complete understanding of Tobias King while also completing the story between Tobias and Cecelia. In Exodus their ending was almost Hallmark, in this book we see the dirty work that it takes to forgive and to make a decision to make something work.
I do not read a lot of contemporary romance, but if you liked the Monsters and Muses series, or Forget Me Not Bombshell, you will probably get into this book and the characters.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
The Finish Line get’s 5 stars from me. It’s a raw and emotionally cathartic end to this series. It brings a bit of peace to heal the pain that Exodus caused. Kate Stewart really takes us through a journey of healing, not just in her characters but also for those of us who grew attached to these characters.
- This book is pure raw emotion.
- The happy ending.
- We still get everything we love from the first two books along with this raw story of two people trying to make their relationship work.
- That the series is over.
- That it’s been weeks and I still get severely emotional when thinking about this series.
Final Thoughts on The Finish Line
This book is the perfect way to conclude this series. While I’m still very sad that it’s over, we get closure in this book that in some ways helps to heal the broken parts of us from the last two books. We also get to know Tobias and see Dominic and Sean through his eyes.
I am absolutely buying physical copies of this series. It’s beautiful and will likely be a series I will read again quite a few times. Kate Stewart has given us a beautiful story that will absolutely stick with me for years.
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