Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Book Review

 


Time's ConvertBook Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Historical

Book Series: All Soul’s Trilogy Stand Alone/Spin-off/sequel 

Released: 9/18/18 by Viking

Pages: 436 Price: $29.00 Hard Cover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

My Review:

I didn’t know what to expect with this continuation of the All Soul’s World but I knew I was excited about its expansion!  I did know that the books were going to delve deeper into supporting character’s background, tell their stories.  Up first is Marcus, Matthew’s son but I do hear that she is working on Gallowglass’s story which should be up next.  He is a character that caught my eye in the main trilogy and I can’t wait to learn more about him.

This book, though, is Marcus’s and I was happy to see it didn’t take place only in the past but we also got a continuation of Matthew and Diana’s story in this book.  This book is very much Marcus’s HEA as he has chosen a mate for himself in Phoebe who he showed interest in during his ‘parent’s’ books.  Being a warmblood Phoebe has decided to become a Vampire and needs to be reborn before she and Marcus can build a life together.  Of course, nothing is easy in the vampire world Ms. Harkness has created and there are much pomp and circumstance for the two lovebirds to endure after Phoebe’s change.

The book is divided into three parts that are broken up and shared in revolving pieces.  We start with the present which is broken into two-part one following Phoebe as she is reborn into her new life as one of Miriam’s children and the other path following Marcus as he is forced to be separated from his love for the first few months as she learns the ins and outs of vampire life.  All of this brings up skeletons from his past which brings us the third part of this story which is flashbacks to how Marcus became a vampire himself.

What I loved about this book was how it delved into the vampire side of the All Soul’s world and we learned so much about these creatures.  I felt that the first three books were more centered around the witching world and in this one there is a little turmoil revolving around Diana’s son but this book’s focus is much heavier leaning toward a glimpse into what it is like to be a vampire.

I’m not going to lie the book did drag on for me at times.  I’m not a big fan of revolutionary American history so Marcus’s past didn’t capture my attention as Matthew’s did.  I just didn’t find it as interesting.  I did enjoy how the author wove historical figures into Marcus’s story like he did for Matthew and Diana.  It was a lot of fun to imagine how  Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin might have interacted with these characters.

Many if not most of the beloved characters from the original trilogy make appearances in this book so fans should not miss picking up this one too.  While much of the story is a chronicle of Marcus’s life we are treated to how Matthew, Diana, and the twins are progressing.  This was an unexpected delight for me as I wasn’t expecting to see much of them in the future books.

This was a wonderful addition to the All Soul’s world and I’m happy that I read it.  It was a sweet love story of two vampires starting a new life together, but it was also a bittersweet remembrance of a tough life Marcus had for much of his existence.  There were moments where I didn’t like Matthew very much seeing a side of him we didn’t see in his books.  I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving as Marcus had.

I look forward to Gallowglass’s book and hopefully many more after that.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Advertisements

Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #1

Released: 8/14/18 by Berkley

Pages: 352 Price: $15.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

My Review:

Being a fan of the main series this book was spun off of I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book.  Then the summer hit and I got busy and felt awful that it took me until the week before the release to read it.  To top it off the author is coming to Naperville on Thursday and I took the day off to go see her.   So this week I pushed myself to carve out some reading time and finished the first book in a whole new chapter of Chicagoland vampires

I might have also been a bit hesitant to start the spin-off out of fear that it wouldn’t live up the original series.  Of course, many of the characters would carry over but there would be new people to connect with and form bonds.  Lulu and Connor were my personal favorites. The first book in series are often make or break for the success of a series.  We need enough background information to get hooked but not an info dump.  We need a compelling plot to keep us engaged with characters we barely know and enough cliffhangers to keep us coming back.  That’s a lot of pressure for a book.

Fortunately, Ms. Neill does a beautiful job with Wild Hunger.  There was enough distinction from the first series for this one to stand on its own.  Yet there was plenty of characters and settings carried over from the first series to keep fans of that one feeling like they were visiting old friends.  The time jump between the last series and this one was handled nicely too. Of course, being vampires, for many of the characters, we don’t have to worry about them having died off.  Ms. Neill demonstrates the advancement of time more through the changes in the city and technology which were subtle yet fun ways to make to book feel like it is set in the future.

Then there is the fact that Elisa is the descendant of the two main characters from the last series.  This could have easily come off as Merit with blond hair but doesn’t.  If anything I almost see more of her father Ethan in her than Merit, but she is a nice blend of their personalities and quirks.  Ms. Neill also sets up Elisa’s love interest for the series with Connor, which wasn’t a huge surprise because it was implied in the last series.  It isn’t a major plot point in the book but a good start for future books.  I look forward to seeing how they come together.

I don’t want to spoil things for you but there was an unexpected twist that links the two series through Elisa.  I am looking forward to seeing how she handles this issue and how it becomes known to her parents.

Overall if you are a fan of Chicagoland Vampires then it is a given that you are going to want to get your hands on this book.  Take my word on it! If you want to start here though, there is a lot to love in this book.  The action, humor, and setting are all spot on!   It was a fun read and if you enjoy urban fantasy then you will enjoy Wild Hunger too.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (Audio)

Book Review

 


The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #12

Released: 10/31/17 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 289 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings–some corporeal, some not so much–as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture–the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford–out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect? 

My Review:

I’m both excited and sad to have finished my reread of this series.  Sad because that means there is only one more book left and I have to wait until next year to read it.  Excited because the next book (fingers crossed) will be amazing and wrap up all the cliffhangers and plot threads that are left.

My opinion of the story hasn’t changed since my initial review when I read it last year.  Still a hilarious read which might be even funnier when read to you.  I listened to the end of this while mowing the lawn yesterday and laughed so hard I ended up with a stitch in my side.  Also, probably looked like a fool on my riding lawnmower laughing my head off. Good thing I live in the country…

Since I don’t have much to add to my thoughts on the book I’m going to encourage you to consider listening to this series.  I’m glad I did both and happy I read it first.  I worked through the series without outside influence mispronouncing names and locations like crazy.  Then I listened to the book, going in knowing I loved the series and was in for a funny, steamy, crazy ride.  It was a blast!  The narrator Lorelei King is an amazing talent and I have begun seeking out titles that she has recorded.  She breathes a story to life and was an excellent choice for this series!  In fact, if I was to rate this book now I would give it the full five stars, she brought so much to the story.  But I’m going to leave the rating as it is, just know I enjoyed to book more the second time thanks to Ms. King.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Slaying it by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.5)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Novella

Book Series: Chicagoland Vampires 13.5

Released: 7/17/2018 InterMix

Pages: 79 Price: $1.99 e-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Merit, Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also very excited about the possibility of seeing her feet again. But trouble always seems to find her…

Ethan and Merit have been married for eight months, and they’re preparing for life-with-baby. Ethan’s battling his overprotectiveness, while Merit’s hoping she can figure out how to be a loving parent given her family’s chilliness.

While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a human in need, only to find herself under attack. A sociopath with a debt figures pregnant Merit is an easy target–and Cadogan House would pay handsomely for her return…

My Review:

This was a fun return to a finished series! Since I hadn’t made much progress in my ARC of Wild Hunger I decided to put it off a little longer and read this book before diving too far into that one.  I’m glad I did as it keeps the timeline intact being a reader that prefers to read in the order of release.

In this short visit to the world of Chicagoland Vampires, we get to witness a very pregnant Merit in all her shining, waddling glory!  Not being a kid person or interested in pregnancy at all I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about Merit’s experience giving birth to the world’s first-born vampire.  Of course, Ethan was a hoot and it was pretty awesome to see some familiar faces around the house.  There was also this whole side story revolving around Jonah and Margot!!!  Much of the plot revolved around some chaos affecting Merit which is pretty typical for this series.  I was delighted to see Merit was her usual kick-ass self, even if her body was currently incubating a vampire miracle.

If you are a fan of the series and looking forward to Wild Hunger releasing next month I suggest picking this one up to tide you over.  It was a lot of fun and I found myself laughing out loud in several parts.  The last chapter was super sweet as well.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Review

 


Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Dark Protectors #8

Released: 6/19/18 by Lyrical Press

Pages: 292  Price: $5.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot-blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

My Review:

The Dark Protectors was a completed series and the author had moved onto other series including a spin-off that failed to capture my interest.  I loved the series and was sad to see it go but completely satisfied with where it left us.  After rereading my review for book 7, however, I see that I had wished the author would revisit the world and continue someday.

Well, today is that day!  If you don’t take into account the novella and short stories…  Anyway, Vampire’s Faith is a full-length novel set in the Dark Protectors world and I’m thrilled to see that this series is back!

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew there were going to be a strong-willed defiant female lead and a pig-headed yet completely sexy alpha male that would swoop in and throw her over his shoulder to claim her as his mate.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The action was plentiful and nicely paced, and the romance full of tension and chemistry.   I so enjoyed watching Faith defy and attempt to resist Ronan knowing full well he would win her in the end.  some days you are just in the mood to read about a female standing up to a pushy mate.  My only complaint about their relationship is one sex scene near the end bothered me a bit as it felt that sex was being used for a punishment and I’m just not into that sort of thing.  Otherwise, this was a great couple and I enjoyed reading about their pairing.

If you are looking to check in on some of the previous characters in this world you might be a bit disappointed.  They were mentioned several times but largely stayed out of the plot.  We do have a couple of their kids play prominent roles in this new book but the rest stay out of the picture mostly.  I don’t want to spoil the plot but the way the story went gives me hope that the series will continue and we might get a chance to see familiar faces.

This was a great read and I loved the fresh plot and new adventures that await us.  If you enjoyed the first seven books you won’t want to miss this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

House of the Rising Son by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


House of the Rising Son (Dark Hunter #22.5; The Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #28)Book Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Book Series: Dark Hunter 22.5

Released: 1/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 115  Price: $2.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The eldest son in a family of three boys, Aricles had no desire to be a soldier, even though his fighting skills were among the best in the world. He was more than content on his small Atlantean farm, living a quiet, uneventful life. But when his brother is determined to don a soldier’s uniform, Aricles joins him with a promise to their father to bring his brother home in one piece. What he never counts on is how much their new lives will forever change them, or what the risk of a forbidden love will ultimately cost him.

My Review:

This is a short story included in the Dark Bites anthology and is the origin story for Styxx and Beth.  This story is the origin of how their two souls met and fell in love.  If you have not read Styxx you will be fine as this doesn’t give anything away.  If you have read Styxx then this is a sad but interesting read to learn about how their love started.  Warning, this does not end well but then again it is not the end of their story.  The HEA comes in Styxx’s book.

It wasn’t a very long listen but it took me a bit to figure out that it was a prequel to Styxx’s book.  I thought it was interesting but have to confess that I’m simply not that into reading about sex/romance anymore.  I blame menopause.  Whatever the reason I found myself losing interest once the characters started hooking up.  If you are a fan of the series though you will want to add this one to your list as it will add to the broader overall scope of the world.  Just be prepared for heartbreak.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review

 


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #7

Released: 3/5/13 by Ace Books

Pages: 342  Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My Review:

Well, that was quick!  I believe I managed to listen to this book in just over a day.  There is a lot of drama in book seven, not that the other didn’t have action but for some reason, this one felt more frantic.  Probably because most of the pack was missing and Mercy was on the run for much of the story.

Much of the book we are led to believe that the aggressors are a radical hate group bent on setting up the supernatural species as bad guys so they will be free to hunt them down for extermination.  A lot of events are alluded to that I believe probably took place in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega so it might be good to read both series in order of printing together and not separately.  I have a feeling the reader will benefit from watching all the events that affect both series as they unfold instead of simply being told about them.

At the end of the book, we learn who is truly pulling the strings regarding the pack’s abduction and I won’t spoil it for you.  It was an interesting battle scene, to say the least.  The pack loses an important but rarely seen member and we have a visit from Asil from the Alpha and Omega series which was fun as he is a character I enjoy.

I have a bit of a dilemma for the next two books.  They are not available in audio format from my library.  I wouldn’t mind continuing with the series reread but I’m not sure I want to read them or not.  I’m rather enjoying listening to them this time.  The next book is one I liked but the one after that is not one I enjoyed.  I might skip that one and simply reread the next book.  The latest release in the series is available from my library so I will be able to finish the reread in audio format.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Charley Davidson #10

Released: 6/28/16 by St. Martin’s Griffen

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: 
* Why can I see dead people? 
* Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? 
* How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? 
* But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

My Review:

I can’t believe I’ve finished book 10 of my reread/listen of this series!  I’m going to have a bit of a wait for book 11 and 12 which is alright as the last book doesn’t release until 2019.  I have to say it has been a blast listening to these books and I’m going to explore rereading other series I enjoy in audio format.  I used to not enjoy audiobooks but now that I’ve gotten used to them it is a rewarding and different way to enjoy books.  After all, doesn’t most of us start off with having books read to us as children?

Not a lot I can add to my previous review as I’m getting into the books in this series that I’ve read fairly recently.  Much of the plot is fresher in my memory and there are fewer surprises of stuff I forgot.  I had forgotten that this book ended on a huge cliffhanger but since I know what happens next it isn’t such a big deal.

At the end of the audiobook, we are again treated to an interview with the author which is simply the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned.  It is so cool to listen to Ms. Jones’s thoughts on the characters and how she got some of her inspiration.  Totally worth listening to the books for the interview alone.

One thing that rereading this series has made me realize is just how much I’m going to miss this series when it ends.  I really like Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob, and all the others.  I do hope that Ms. Jones takes this series into the future and does a spin-off featuring beep and her army.  Fingers crossed!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #5

Released: 3/30/10 by Ace Books

Pages: 342 Price: $24.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day – or night – may bring in a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly…

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can’t always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets – and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side – leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she may not have many more…

My Review:

I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Mercy Thompson series so much!  I almost feel like they have been better the second time around.  I think the narrator adds so much to my increased enjoyment.  She does a fantastic job of changing her voice to match the different characters.

In book five we have Mercy and Adam fully established as a couple even though they are not formally married or living together yet.  Briggs also needs to tidy up the loose end of Samuel before we can move forward with Mercy and Adam.  That plot line is tackled in this book with some pretty drastic drama that left me afraid of what would happen to him even though I’ve read this book before.  Damn menopausal brain… I swear I must only retain 30% of what I read sometimes.  Most likely it is just that I read so much that the stories all start blending in together.

We also deal with pack drama in this book as they are fighting Mercy’s addition to the pack.  There is also a plot to overthrow Adam as alpha of the pack.  The main instigator of book five is the Fae again which isn’t my favorite group in this world but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot this time.

I’m torn over raising my star rating or not.  I don’t think I will, four stars is still a great rating but I do feel like I enjoyed the book more the second time around.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15.5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Blackdagger Botherhood #15.5

Released:  3/13/18 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 145  Price: $2.99 E-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.
 
Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost. . . .

My Review:

Minor Spoiler Warning: If you, like me, find yourself about a third of the way through this book and suddenly have the fear that Ms. Ward is going to rip your heart out of your chest and grind it into the ground under her stiletto heel.  Fear not.  It does have a happy ending.

Okay, now that that is out of the way.  This book wiped the floor with me.  Majorly.  Big old ugly crying in the middle of the night as I finished this book in bed.  My body shaking with sobs as tears run down my face.  I’m truly surprised that my husband did not wake up to find out what the hell was wrong.   I managed to make it to the end, thank goodness, because I needed that happy ending to make the emotional rollercoaster I just went through worth it.

This was a bloody brilliant read.  The best that I’ve read by Ms. Ward in some time, and this is coming from the p.o.v. of a person that already fangirls over her books.  This novella simply took everything to another level for me.

So that’s great and all but why was this book so much better than the others.  First off I loved that this book focused on one couple and didn’t break away to another p.o.v. there was simply one plot to follow and when the action starts getting good we stuck with them.  This is usually my biggest annoyance with her books, especially when I’m not a fan of one of the couples in the story.  I also liked how the main problem or issue to overcome wasn’t supernatural related.  I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won’t say more.  I also loved Ivie and Silas!!!  We have a Romeo and Juliet story here with the couple coming from different social classes.  Ivie is the one with a working-class upbringing and has some insecurities to overcome in that regards when it comes to Silas.  Then there is Silas who comes from the upper crust of society.  I liked how he never apologized for it yet he didn’t seem to flaunt it either.  He was like this is who I am and I’m into you please accept me into your life.

This was a short read that felt much longer, perhaps because it wasn’t constantly being interrupted by another plot, but by the end, I was completely satisfied with how everything worked out.  I needed to recuperate from the emotional trauma I just suffered but I that’s alright who needs sleep.

This was a great story, hands down, and worth the $3 to download.  It will make you fall in love, rip your heart out, and then bring you back for a happy ending.  My advice don’t read it just before bed because it did take me a bit to come down from the drama.  Now I need to find some light and fluffy to read so I can recover in time to read The Theif when it releases in a few days.

My Rating: 5 Stars