It feels like All the Feels took all of the parts of Spoiler Alert that were promising and amplified them into a truly enjoyable read.
I’m not sure Alex may be to everyone’s taste, but he has to be one of my favourite (straight) male romance leads. His energy is so incredibly unique in this role: just unabashedly full-on at all times. You can’t even say that he goes from zero to one hundred because he’s always at 100. His minor appearances in Spoiler Alert didn’t quite tell the whole story, and I came to appreciate him as a person in All the Feels. While he may be full-on, goofy, and very needy, he’s also strong, dependable, and honourable. Every decision he makes comes from a sense of strong morality and righteousness – and while this may be a bit extreme at times, at least it’s always coming from a good place.
Sadly, I didn’t feel like I got to know Lauren quite as well as we got to know Alex. She gets a little absorbed into his world and doesn’t have a lot going on in her own life at the time to pull focus. Lauren has been through a lot between her family and work, but her lack of direction and somewhat passive personality make her almost an afterthought when considering All the Feels. She has some good moments, and I like her sense of humour, but I found most of the story focused much more on Alex, his past, and his relationship with his mother than on anything to do with Lauren.
This is one of those series that seems to get a little better with each book. I have a sneaky suspicion that Ship Wrecked might not be as good, but I’m really enjoying Dade’s writing so far, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’m wrong!