The second book in New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery’s first duo of paranormal romances!
HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
To some, they’re just words signifying a fairytale ending.
For me, Jack Beauloup, they represent an unyielding desire:
Forever with Darcy Turner, the unexpected love of my life.
A love that has placed her human life in danger.
According to Pack Law, my binding is an abomination that must be severed.
It’s ignited a fiery hatred that I must confront and control.
But what is bound cannot be broken.
I will keep Darcy safe.
Even if it means giving up on my dreams.
Even if it means giving up my life.
3.5 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.
Well hmmm…this is a tough one. As I’m writing this up, I still don’t know whether I will round up or down. I enjoyed a lot of this book, was hooked into the romance and action and mythology of the paranormal aspect. But I also had a few qualms, a few niggles. It wasn’t quite as satisfying as I’d hoped, and some parts went in directions that I wasn’t entirely happy with (from a personal taste perspective).
So what was I happy with? I still really loved how unique this take on a shifter story was. I enjoyed the concept of the Roux-ga-roux and the way Ms. Kelley really made it her own, and blended in the Métis culture and superstitions. It extended from what was in the first book and remained fairly consistent.
I also really enjoyed that the immediate conflict which ended book one on a bit of a climax was actually dealt with pretty quickly in book two, and was not dragged out. I loved that we got more good, loving, romantic time with Darcy and Jack, and not just conflict.
What was I less than happy with? A bunch of little things that kind of added up. 1) There were a few spots (particularly in some steamy scenes) where the POV jumped from Darcy to Jack from one paragraph to the next. When I’m reading dual POVs, I’m happiest when it’s very clear whose POV I’m reading, and there are clear delineations between them (like chapters or at least breaks). 2) I wasn’t happy with the eventual explanation of the time loss. I felt it was kind of cheap and didn’t make sense, and if the author wasn’t going to delve into it and make it more clear, then it should have been left out altogether. There were enough interesting and unique paranormal aspects that it wasn’t needed. I almost felt similarly about the rash/burns, but I can live with that one. It just kind of felt lost in the shuffle of book two. 3) I wasn’t happy with the resolution with Willow and Amory…did they tell Amory? Is he in the dark? How did they explain everything???? 4) I wasn’t happy with the glossing over of Willow’s Enchanteresse stuff. If you’re going to make it part of the plot, give it some lip service, otherwise it feels very plot device-ish.
SPOILERY PARAGRAPH!!!! I will hide this on Goodreads, and remove from my Amazon review, but please just don’t read unless you’ve read the book!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!! 5) I was a little disappointed the biology/moss stuff didn’t go anywhere. It was so foreshadowed, and I really thought she was going to have some breakthrough. That could have been cool. 6) I really wanted Jack to take out Saint Germain, or show them there was another way, and more clearly break from the pack, though I suppose that would be too dangerous. 7) I wasn’t happy with the amount of sexual propositioning that seemed to happen between unbound Rougs (Julien with Willow, even though he had feelings for Lela, and Tombeur reacting to Darcy, even though he loved Tallis). I guess this goes along with 6 a bit, in that I kind of thought they were just broken, and Jack and Darcy were the new way (what with all the cheating even in bound couples). 8) I WANTED LOUVETEAUS DAMNIT!!! ie that epilogue was not nearly satisfying enough.
SPOILERY PARAGRAPH FINISHED!!!
I still wasn’t a big fan of Darcy. I loved Jack way more, so I was constantly mad at Darcy’s actions. Although at least Jack kind of screwed up going too far with the keep his distance stuff, so he wasn’t perfect. But I was never quite happy with how she saw the Roug stuff, and how disgusted she was even by the animals. I never fully believed that she accepted him (and I guess he didn’t really either). And I am not a fan of couples that are so bad at communication. Seriously, I get that neither of you have had much for relationships, but COME ON!! *sigh* It’s just a personal taste thing, not my favourite.
So yeah, it looks like a lot of bad, but they’re honestly not big things in the grand scheme of things, just annoyances, you know? But there were just so many…round up, round down, round up, round down. But OMG people the emotions in this book were actually pretty amazing!! My heart broke for Jack on so many occasions, he just grabbed your heart and twisted it!! *sigh* My life is so hard. This one really is a solid 3.5 stars. I’ll decide on a whim I guess.