So, Skye Warren has this town called Tanglewood where a great many of her stories take place. And Tanglewood is one fucked up town. There is all kinds of crime, intrigue, and total craziness. And it’s into the total craziness that Skye has taken us with Evolution of Man. This book is the second of a duology, with the first being Survival of the Richest. If you haven’t read Survival, then you should immediately put down this review and read it. You won’t have any clue as to what is going on in Evolution. There are going to be spoilers to Survival in this post. There’s just no way around it.
So, Evolution starts up 6 months after Survival ended. Christopher and Sutton have both walked away from Harper, and she now has control of her trust fund. Her protest against the destruction of the library kind of worked, in that it stopped the library from being completely destroyed, but it’s in terrible shape right now. Harper has bought a home in Tanglewood for her and her mother to live in while her mother is dying, and she has spent $2 billion on buying the library. Harper negotiated with Christopher who raised the price insanely high.
Now Harper is trying to get the library restored, but Christopher has talked to all the construction companies in the area and no one will go for it. So she turns to Sutton, who tells her that he’ll take a look at it for her, but he only wants to be her business partner, nothing else. No sex, no relationship, no nothing.
Harper is also having to deal with her mother’s life coming to an end. Since her mother refused any treatment, she’s been getting weaker and weaker. She has signed up with a hospice service, but Harper is trying to avoid the Death Plan or any discussions of her death. Harper works very hard at staying positive for her mother, but it isn’t always possible.
There is a whole lot going on in this story. It’s very emotion laden, I mean, how can it not be? Just the fact that Harper is losing her beloved mother is more than enough to sink a lot of emotion in it. But then you have the whole Christopher/Sutton/Harper triangle. That’s even more of a load of intensity, and it’s that intensity that Skye does so well. I thought that Evolution was a good finish to the duology and it managed to carry the emotion from Survival over really nicely. It was also nice to peek in on old friends like Aubrey and Gabriel, Bea and Hugo, Damon, and Blue. It’s really nice how Skye weaves old friends in through the new stories. It doesn’t feel like it’s a forced kind of thing, just woven in nicely.
I’m happy that Harper ended up with Christopher and not Sutton, but I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t have been almost as happy if we had ended up with an MMF menage. We came close to having an MMF sex scene, and it was really hot.
OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. I think I’m going to have to go reread all of the Tanglewood books this weekend. Happy reading!