I had a very difficult time at the beginning of this book. By that, I mean that I wanted to throw my e-reader against the wall and perhaps drop an anvil on top of the hero’s head. And if you read the first book in this series, and if you rooted for B and Gio in any way, shape, or form, you will feel the same way. Halfway through the book, I was still mad. I wasn’t sure I was going to get past it. Eventually… begrudgingly… I did, but I’m still a little resentful about all of the angst.
So let me rip off the Band-Aid for you. B moved to Los Angeles for graduate school and Gio proceeded to disappear for 5 years. No one knows where he went or why he went there. The only reason B even knows he is alive is because he leaves her tickets to his home in Chile once every year. But no contact. Ever. B has no choice but to move on with her life. She makes a new home. She finds a new guy. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t quite let go of Giovanni.
Just when she resolves to put him behind her –to commit to her new life with the good man who loves her– Gio returns, determined to make things work. B is understandably pissed. So was I. So will you. Slowly but surely, though, he starts to wear her down. He’s still arrogant. He still thinks he did the right thing, despite the hurt he caused. And I think that’s why it took her (and me) so long to even consider forgiving him. But there’s no doubt he loves her –that he would burn the world for her– and that’s kind of hard to ignore.
The world building here stays steady and on point. And I enjoyed the expanding cast of characters as our core couple travels the globe. They’re still searching for B’s dad and the evil Lorenzo who’s still a threat. But in the meantime, we get to meet some other ancient vamps and we learn more of Gio’s history.
This book is emotional and sensual, but it’s still not overtly sexual. I’m guessing that’s not going to change as we move forward. And while I do enjoy a little more actionchase on page, I got enough that I could leave satisfied with what I got. Despite his heavy-handedness, I believe Gio is a good man. And B is one tough cookie. These two have great chemistry and I’m rooting hard for their HEA.
This book felt more like a mystery than the first did. I’m feeling that with the whole missing dad story as we learn more about his secret mission.
I’m excited to keep reading, but I hope there are no more unfortunate decisions made for B’s “own good.” I don’t know if I could get over it again.
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This Same Earth
by Elizabeth Hunter
Release Date: December 2, 2011