Roberts, Nora. Face the Fire. New York: Jove Books, 2002. ISBN-13: 978-0515132878. $7.99 USD.
While at first, I was most interested in Mia, and felt like there was a lot of potential for a second chance love story, I found this to be the weakest in the series in terms of the execution of the romance. While I could understand her motives for not wanting to lose her heart to Sam again, due to their past, this plotline quickly grew tiresome, especially when she assumed it would be ok to sleep with him.
My initial impression of Sam was that of an arrogant rich boy, and almost nothing he did throughout the book altered my opinion. While I can’t deny that he does show some signs of maturity, I don’t get the sense that he would be a stable life partner, the way Zack and Mac do, especially given their checkered history.
However, I do love the sense of camaraderie that has been a staple throughout the trilogy. Nell and Ripley being defensive of Mia around Sam at the beginning is so sweet, after the amount of support she gave them in the previous books. And it is wonderful to see them really settling into married life and starting families of their own.