This is the story I have been waiting for since the first book in the series and I am happy to say that it satisfies. Poor Knight was really put through the wringer in the earlier installments. He was kidnapped by the hybrid triplets, who raped him and forced him to father a baby. His pack was betrayed. His father, murdered. He nearly lost himself to a forced shift. And now, his mate has been kidnapped. The events of the past two months are taking their toll, but all he can think about is getting Shay back from the hybrids.
As the story begins, Shay isn’t doing very well either. She has been a prisoner for a month. She is underfed and weakened further by the silver laced collar that prevents her from shifting. We quickly learn more about the family dynamic that lead to her capture and a mysterious baby she is forced to take care of.
I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice it to say, she doesn’t stay a prisoner for a large part of the book. The bulk of the story follows her return to Cornerstone run, the development of her relationship with Knight, and the endgame of the hybrid/ magus storyline.
The relationship element of the story was easily my favorite in the series. Knight has so much to work through and Shay is the perfect balm to his hurts. It takes time, which I appreciate. One of my complaints about the earlier books was the breakneck speed of emotional development and attachments. Knight and Shay have been percolating for awhile. –I also appreciate the way Meade dealt with the aftermath of his sexual assault, which sadly was the encounter that took his virginity. This is given the attention and care it deserves, though I might have liked a little more emphasis on the loss of both characters’ virginity in their first love scene. It was good, but I think I would have liked a little more fumbling/ discovery/ wonder.
As much I enjoyed the romance, the larger story arc was just fair. I felt like Brynn’s father was a kind of cookie-cutter villain. The hybrids were caricatures with no depth. And the baby/ brother elements felt virtually superfluous. The only development that shed any real light on what brought the hybrids to this path involved one that was already dead. It felt kind of… hollow.
It had a satisfying ending. Almost a little too sweet, but the book was dark enough, so I was ok with it.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Kelly Meade
Release Date: January 20, 2014Publisher: InterMix