From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes her first duo of paranormal romances!
ONCE UPON A TIME…
the most beautiful boy in the world kissed me.
I’ve never been able to forget.
Perhaps it was his jet-black hair,
or the changing copper-color of his eyes,
the intense way he looked at me…
or the fact that he awakened my passion for the first time,
at once otherworldly yet heartbreakingly real.
After that kiss, I never saw him again.
His name was Jack Beauloup.
Jack, my “Beautiful Wolf.”
Twenty years passed. He has returned. For me.
4 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
I think I picked the wrong time to start reading this book, but with the release date coming up I didn’t have much choice. But reading it over Christmas with a bunch of company over so I couldn’t remain engrossed just wasn’t ideal. When I started the book I was totally sucked in. I LOVE books that while being for the adult audience, give you the teenage perspective too…when there’s a past, I don’t just want to know it happened, I want to be there and experience it. And Ms. Kelley totally gave that to us, and I am in love with the past parts. I could feel the chemistry drawing Darcy and Jack together, and Darcy’s anguish over the loss of that love when found was just perfect. And I totally felt her confusion over why it should have such a profound effect on her for so long. Seriously, the emotions in those sections were just spot on perfect.
But back in the present, I had an up and down relationship with Darcy and Jack…but mostly Darcy. I had moments where I really enjoyed her…she was smart, she was sassy, she was fairly down to earth. I liked her relationship with her bff Willow, and I am totally intrigued by that little side story with Amory btw….hope we get more in book two. But while I enjoyed the continuing chemistry between Darcy and Jack, I wasn’t quite as enthralled as I was in the past parts. Basically the steamy parts were good, but I wasn’t necessarily blown away. And I was a bit dismayed with how long the discovery process took…ie, how long it took Darcy to accept that something was up with Jack, and put the pieces together. I don’t know how it could have been done faster, but it was hard to see all the clues going together, and remember that normal people wouldn’t assume that shifters really exist.
I did THOROUGHLY enjoy the mythology in this one, and how Ms. Kelley chose to present the paranormal aspect. As a Canadian, I was a bit confused with the way she initially described Métis, but that could have been me reading into things that weren’t there, because in the end it sounded correct. I just never thought of them as a tribe per say. But I’m not an expert, so I assume she did the appropriate research and it’s me that has it wrong.
I was a bit saddened by the way Part One ended (trying not to give spoilers). I can’t help but have wanted Darcy to react differently. She hurt my heart. It’s funny, b/c it’s not that I don’t get it…but at the same time, it wasn’t what my heart wanted.
Jack was completely swoon. I really enjoyed how sweet he was, and the choices he made throughout his past wrt Darcy. I really enjoyed Part Two from his perspective, I was totally missing his POV and was so happy when we got it in the end. It filled in so many blanks that I had, and yeah…just supremely satisfied. I wasn’t quite as sucked in, but that could have been because of life stuff, and not necessarily the book, you know? Or maybe I was still just mad at Darcy. 😛 Who knows. I’m also not a Lela fan, I’m not sure how she’s going to be redeemed at this point.
All in all, really interesting paranormal take on the shifter story…love the backstory and mythology, love Jack, and had some amazing set up for the love story. I enjoyed that there was a lot else going on besides the Jack and Darcy love story, and I’m super curious how it’s all going to end. Hopefully when I get book two, I’ll have more dedicated time to devote just to reading and devouring it.