Katie Reus brings us back to her Moon Shifter world with Aiden’s story. You may remember the gruff shifter as the member of Connor’s pack who turned Kat when she was on the verge of death. But I think that even if you are unfamiliar with the series, Reus writes the story in such a way, you could jump in and read this as a standalone. That’s a good thing, I think, because even though I have read every book in this series, there are so many characters at this point, I couldn’t keep them all straight without some gentle reminders.
Aiden has been mourning the death of his bondmate Larissa for decades. But as the story begins, he comes face to face with the beautiful vampire he never expected to see again. Obviously, she isn’t dead. She has been in stasis for more than half a century. Larissa has no memory of Aiden or their mating, but when they meet again, their bond snaps right back in place, and with it, all of their shared thoughts and emotions. The story follows these two as they try to uncover what tore them apart and who is still gunning for Larissa, as they slowly rebuild the relationship they lost so long ago.
I have to say that I have some mixed feelings about this book. I liked Aiden and Larissa well enough, but I felt the lack from missing out on their falling in love. When we first see them together, Aiden’s feelings are already at 1000% and Larissa’s resistance is token at best. Honestly, I was far more invested in the b-plot romance of Ryan and Teresa. I’m also really excited about the potential between Natalia and Jayce’s brother, Aldric. But Aiden and Larissa were… ok.
The mystery plot for them was better than the romance. It kept me guessing. Unfortunately, the ending did not live up to the build on that front. The big climax was, well, anticlimactic. The villain reveal was barely more than an afterthought; his motivation, weak. And Reus saved the sex for the very end, too, which felt contrived. I wanted more. I know this series is capable of it. But some of this book just didn’t live up to its potential. Like for instance, the first time Larissa and Aiden almost have sex, she demures, saying, “I don’t think I’m ready for that. Everything is so different in this world. With the Internet, those small cell phones, the mass use of credit cards…. It’s just too much.” What??
Like I said, there were definitely parts I liked. I am so psyched about Aldric. And I loved play of emotions with Ryan and Teresa. I just wish the main romance had the same pull.
*ARC provided by Signet
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by Katie Reus
Release Date: February 3, 2015