When we last left Heidi Peacock, she was shoving her half-dead werewolf mate, Trowbridge, through the gates to the Fae realm, Merenwyn, in order to save his life. With the help of 3 of their trusted were-pals, they keep this a secret in order not to break a sacred treaty between the Fae and Weres. However, since Trowbridge is gone, Heidi suddenly finds herself as the Alpha by-proxy. While holding down the fort, Heidi tries to get in touch with her suppressed inner were but finds difficulty. Time drags on without her man and Heidi is struggling to keep the pack from finding out exactly where the Alpha is. When a member of the North American Council of Weres comes knocking on the door, Heidi is pretty sure the jig is up only to have Trowbridge show back up in the nick of time – with a mystery man!
By this time, Heidi is fielding knowledge bombs from left and right. I complained in my review of the previous book about the lack of information. Well, the pendulum has swung completely the other way. I felt as shell shocked as Heidi with all the revelations. Also, Heidi’s mystwalking, her ability to basically walk in other people’s dreams and make things happen a la Freddy Kruger, becomes more of a focal point to the story and the reader can begin to see where the author is going with it.
I found myself getting annoyed with Heidi’s emotional maturity because it never progressed beyond damsel in distress. She didn’t show that gumption that was in the previous book, instead devolving into the little girl who simpered and whined. Heidi doesn’t communicate any of her feelings and expects him to be a mind reader. She’s crushed when Trowbridge came back he didn’t immediately swoop her up in his arms and pledge is undying devotion yet still just follows him around moodily
As time moves differently in Fae, Trowbridge was there for 10 years yet only gone from earth for 6 months. During that time, he grew into a hardened Alpha, expecting everyone to follow in his wake, including Heidi. He is initially bitter that Heidi made choices for him – mating and sending him to Merenwyn. They come to a quiet detente even as he’s hauling her up to the bedroom. Even though he remained faithful to Heidi while in Merewyn and finally tells her he loves her, it still comes off a little hollow because they’ve really had no time or togetherness to establish a real relationship.
Again, I’m left feeling frustrated by this series because I can totally see the potential but the ambiguity of Heidi and Trowbridge’s relationship, which is a big part of the story, detracts from what might be a good fantasy and I’m not sure if it’s worth continuing on.
*ARC provided by NetGalley via St. Martin’s Press
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The Thing About Weres
by Leigh Evans
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press