Full review closer to release date but I was so happy to get this from Sarah Frantz and the team at Riptide while at RT.
This is a tough story and whilFull review closer to release date but I was so happy to get this from Sarah Frantz and the team at Riptide while at RT.
This is a tough story and while not perfect hits so many important notes with such honesty that it should be read by as many people as possible and be recommended reading for those who question their faith with regards to homosexuality or believe that being anything other than traditionally hetero is a choice.
YES!!!! My wish that a certain Archangel gets what he damn well deserves has been fulfilled although I must be honest and admit that I could’ve dealtYES!!!! My wish that a certain Archangel gets what he damn well deserves has been fulfilled although I must be honest and admit that I could’ve dealt with seeing a bit more of what is going to completely happen to him. This was a wonderful story of a hero that isn’t 100% sure of his place and a heroine that has always been in hiding living a life that really isn’t hers.
I loved how we got to see both our beloved Reaver and Harvester in this book but it was definitely about Revenant and his beloved Blaspheme. These two are so strong that you can’t help but love when they start to let down their walls with each other. They both have issues from childhood and knowing where they belong as both of them have known nothing but fear and pain in the years that formed them.
Blaspheme has lived her entire life afraid that if anyone ever found out what she truly was that she’d be hunted and killed. She’s understandably upset when Revenant starts to notice her and while she finds she’s drawn to him she knows it can go nowhere. She’s got a lot of heart and loves her job at Underworld General but she’s always on guard and as her spell starts to wear off she is forced to start to deal with what to do now. She’s also put in the position to potentially do something about Gethel but at her core she isn’t a warrior who can kill but a healer who wants nothing more than to help those in need. I loved how she let people in even as it meant that she could be betrayed at any second. She truly wants to belong even as she knows that her secret not only is her death warrant but it could kill those closest to her.
Revenant… nummy nummy Revenant. I adored this cocky, broken soul even as I wanted to slap him for being such an ass. He’s something else and as you get to know more about him you will want nothing more than to cuddle and protect him (well and ummmmmm spend some quality time getting to know him in a “biblical” fashion *heh*) as he wasn’t given the best upbringing in the world. He’s at his core a good man and seeing him realize this with the help of Blaspheme was wonderful. He really did get the short end of the stick in many ways but as he discovers he got something his brother didn’t, time with their mother even as painful as it was.
This story was not an easy one and you really do need to have the backstory to fully appreciate it but I adored seeing everyone again even in the midst of this drama. There is something about seeing the love story develop but also seeing the relationship between a family start to click in place that makes me very happy. Revenant and Reaver may not ever be completely able to not fight each other but there is a bonding that happens in this book that makes it distinctly less volatile and healthier.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Grand Central Publishing for the chance to read this book....more
I'm loving this series so much and this entry has an amazing balance of suspense and romance. I loved the fact that we have two people who really haveI'm loving this series so much and this entry has an amazing balance of suspense and romance. I loved the fact that we have two people who really have always felt something for one another even though one of them wasn't really aware of what the other one meant to them even back then.
Adam has buried himself in alcohol and women to dull the pain of not being there for the woman who meant everything to him when she needed him. As his town starts to unbury the past he is forced to recall the horrifying details of what happened that long ago night and is confronted with someone that he never expected. I loved how damaged he is and how aware of his own weaknesses but still making the effort to not slip back to addiction. He's so strong but shows such a weakness when it comes to his heroine. I loved watching him work so hard to stay within boundaries with her and truly respect her even as he wants to get the answers he so desperately needs. His need for her leaps from the pages and you'll probably want him for your very own.... I have to admit to sighing a few times as his need shines thru.
The one thing I am not going to do is give the heroine completely away. Her journey is part of the story I wouldn't trade because as you see her work thru her issues you get to see how much she needs Adam. She's got so much guilt and so many secrets that you want to help her but know that she needs to do this by her own terms otherwise she won't be able to move forward. She's very strong and my hope is Shiloh will give us more time with her as she gets on with the life that has been in limbo for so long. She's got a strong soul and it shines as it lets go of the secrets and embraces a future with a man that is everything to her.
The story told about this town is not a pretty one or an easy one to read. As someone who has lived with an abuser as a child it hit me a bit harder than some but I loved that Shiloh went there. I think while it is something that is disquieting and honestly disgusting in nature it is something that happens every day all over the world. Only by bringing stories to the public, even fictional in nature, it hopefully will make some people do more research to see what they can do to help victims of these horrible crimes and also bring those perpetrators to justice.
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and St. Martin's Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest opinion....more