Meding Meade continues her Cornerstone Run trilogy with the story of oldest McQueen brother and future Alpha, Bishop. I found this book to be very consistent with the style and tone of book one, so if you liked Black Rook, I think you’ll like this one too.
As we begin, the pack is still reeling from the carnage in the last story. The brothers have all survived, but at a cost. Rook is scarred physically from an attack, Knight is a hot mess emotionally from his rape, and Bishop is internalizing everything, because he wasn’t able to keep his family safe. It also doesn’t help that he is overwhelmingly attracted to a woman he can never have.
Jillian is the Alpha’s daughter from another pack. She is currently staying in Cornerstone, serving as an extra enforcer to help protect the town from the crazy triplets who are gunning for Knight. She wants Bishop as much as he wants her, but she knows that she is destined to be Alpha female of her pack. Since she will never leave her people and Bishop will never leave his, they have no future. Unfortunately, reason means nothing to their wolves.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the triplets aren’t done and there is much more bloodshed to be had. The story follows Bishop and Jillian as they work to protect the other wolves and try to find balance as between their own feelings and their responsibilities as leaders. There is solid sexual tension between these two and some fairly good emotional angst with baggage each of them is carrying. It’s nothing like the gut-clenching stuff you’ll find in Meding’s Dreg City books, though, and I do miss the intensity.
There is plenty of time devoted to Knight, who I find to be the scene stealer of the series. And his love story with Shay is firmly set up. There is also a lot of time spent delving into pack politics and prejudice found there. It was all… ok. I guess what kept it from being more than that in this –and in the last– book, is just the weak foundation for the romance. I believe the attraction between Jillian and Bishop, but there is no basis for love there. I could see a spark, but there just wasn’t enough time for there to be more. Granted, they had a little more time than Rook and Brynn, but it was still too quick and superficial to make me invest.
Don’t get me wrong, I wanted them together, but I didn’t ache for it. It was entertaining, but not gripping.
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by Kelly Meade
Release Date: October 21, 2014