This is another series that is so beloved to me, I struggle articulating why everyone else should love it too. It all started when a review request for Storm & Silence came through my old blog, Badass Book Reviews, and I accepted it. I accepted iThis is another series that is so beloved to me, I struggle articulating why everyone else should love it too. It all started when a review request for Storm & Silence came through my old blog, Badass Book Reviews, and I accepted it. I accepted it because I couldn’t resist this line in the synopsis of a historical romance, “Freedom—that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!” I was hooked. I had to give it a try. Annnnnd, that’s when it was all over for me. I was a goner.
(Very minor spoilers for previous books below. Go read Storm & Silence first.)
In Storm & Silence I like both main characters equally. I usually find it’s easy to like the hero immediately, but feel more standoffish with the heroine. Not Lilly Linton. I loved Lilly immediately. She’s a spunky heroine done right. She’s hilarious, impulsive, and incredibly likable in every way. Even better, Silence Breaking is the fourth book in the series and I found I’ve steadily liked her more and more. Even as she became more confident and capable outside of polite society she has never lost the basics of who she is. She is independent. She is a fierce feminist. She is an ifrit! She held tight to her convictions even when I was ready to shake her and shout, ‘Open your eyes, girl!’ The little voice behind my initial frustration always appreciated her grit.
I also wanted to equally shout at Rikkard Ambrose, because even though I love him as much as Lilly does he has got to be one of the most stubborn men I’ve ever read. Ever. Yet, that ruthlessness is part of what makes him so extra special. I mean, "Knowledge is power is time is money.” It’s not only his mantra, it’s a description of his character. The only time we’ve glimpsed something softer, it’s because of a cute little cross-dressing secretary. In the past I’ve said a lot about Mr Ambrose, but in Silence Breaking it really was Lilly’s turn to shine. She stole everyone’s heart, inside the book and the person reading it.
I think Silence Breaking was especially equipped for huge romantic impact just based on the setting. Previously Lilly and Ambrose were off on adventures, with Lilly in a more vulnerable position just because she was out of her element. In Silence Breaking, putting the two of them in Ambrose’s childhood home with his mother seemed to shift the dynamic between the two main characters. It was a brilliant move by the author, because it made his stone cold character slightly more vulnerable, which I think was important at this stage in the story.
I also spent a little bit of time thinking about how amazing the pacing was. A very small amount of time, actually. I was pretty much completely engrossed. I did remember when I read the first book I mentioned that it needed a bit of editing, because of a few of the scenes lasted far too long. I definitely don’t have that problem anymore. I’m looking back on my past self with a glare. There are some scenes we want to be longer! Less editing now, please!
Seriously, the only bad part of this book is that I’ve finished it. I’m finished and I know there’s another coming but I don’t know when. I know, I know. I could be reading it online, chapter by chapter, but I won’t. I prefer waiting for all the chapters at once, even if the wait is longer and far more painful. I guess I’m greedy that way.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I very nearly quit this book when I was only about 15% in. In my review of the first book I expressed concern at the childish revenge Danny wanted to take on Mal. The idea that Danny is the worst of the worst because he wanted to make Mal love him, oI very nearly quit this book when I was only about 15% in. In my review of the first book I expressed concern at the childish revenge Danny wanted to take on Mal. The idea that Danny is the worst of the worst because he wanted to make Mal love him, only to break his heart, is so ridiculous. I couldn’t handle it. By 15% into Lovesick Titans I thought I knew where it was going, and I was very very unhappy. The only reason I didn’t stop reading, shame on me, was because I’d already quit the two previous books. So, I pushed through my initial feelings of frustration and let Amanda Meuwissen take me on a ride.
The thing is, I wasn’t entirely wrong in what I thought would happen. It was ridiculous. Yet, I loved Danny and Mal’s relationship so much that by the end of the book I didn’t even care. I anticipated their every interaction, both positive and negative, and I rooted for them throughout the entire book. I thought the differences in Mal and Danny, the ways in which their good and bad balanced each other, made for a memorable romance. In both Lovesick Gods, and Lovesick Titans, they were the heart of the story, no matter how a reader feels about each specific twist in the plot.
It isn’t only about Danny and Mal though. They both had family, and superhero/villain teams which made up the secondary characters. I found them all nearly as interesting as our hero and antihero. In fact, I also loved how the villain teams and the hero teams weren’t your quintessential villains and heroes. Heroes can be dark, and villains can be good, and together they can be an unstoppable force!
This duology wasn’t perfect, though each readers idea of perfection is different so who am I anyway? It did hook me, in both installments, and I’d love to see more from this Lovesick world. I’m not sure that’s happening, so until I hear for sure I’ll just imagine a future where Mal and Danny are working together, maybe with a little surrogate/adopted Elemental daughter they adore.