Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books
Released on November 26, 2013
This book was full of so many things. Some was exactly what I was expecting from an Immortals After Dark book, but some was something new. The new stuff was a tad unsettling. When I say unsettling, I mean that it didn’t have the feel of a book from this series. The characters and backdrop were familiar as were were certain plot threads were picked up, but the tone was very dark, the issue was mostly internal and it was a brutal read in a way. Now not to say there were no lighter moments, but they were few and far between. Because of what caused it to be darker, I’m not sure the lighter, snarky stuff would have been appropriate.
You see, Macrieve was raped as a child and then he went through that torture by the Order on the Island. He’s messed up and he has a long road back to a chance at normal. He’s ready to pack it all in take a one way ticket to the place where immortals go to die, but then he spots his mate. He’s shocked by who she is and then he’s dealt a blow later when he finds out what she is when she grows into her immortality. The shock of what Chloe is sends him back into the dark emotional abyss. He becomes cruel and hard with her making her want nothing to do with him.
Chloe Todd was in transition into her immortality not knowing what was wrong with her when her dad disappears and leaves her to be kidnapped and put up for auction to a bunch of fantastic beings that she struggles to believe exist. Her rescuer is a big handsome lykae who swears she is his mate. Chloe appreciates the rescue, but still wants to get back to her life and to find her dad even though she has heard things about him that make her wonder about the man who raised her. He is the most reviled person to all the Lore because they hold him responsible for the capture, torture and deaths of several of their own. The thing with Macrieve has her willing to give it a try and postpone leaving. Just when she starts to think that maybe this mating thing will be forever, she comes into her immortal race and sees only hate and disgust in Macrieve’s eyes. His attempts to hurt her and make her feel like she is something awful and wrong nearly beat her down, but her old spirit is that of a fighter who won’t quit so she throws it all back on him. But when is too much too much especially when he has no plans to deal with his issues.
Most of the plot on this one is about Macrieve’s personal growth and the difficult relationship development going on with Will and Chloe. It’s tough to read his cruelty and anger, but knowing what he has gone through, it is not surprising. I missed the exciting fight or flight scenes that are typical of the books. There is really only one big scene toward the beginning. I missed all the scenes with the regular varied characters. There were a few, but for the most part this is really the Will and Chloe show. The Epilogue left me scratching my head too. Seriously, it could have just been the beginning of its own book since it was all about Munro. It was like the teaser chapter of the next book, but was called the epilogue.
Even though the changes were a surprise, I did enjoy watching Will work through the issues of his past and I really liked his heroine, Chloe. Chloe is like a super heroine. She’s got it all going for her. She’s tough, sassy and cute. She might not be that experienced sexually, but she trusts Macrieve even when others would fear him. Her resiliency to keep coming back from shocks and disappointments was incredible. Most of us would have been a gibbering ball of shaking and tears on the floor when she just dusts herself off and tells herself to ‘rub some dirt into it’ before walking away. She had every reason in the world to get angsty and ugly back at Will when he busted her chops so many times, but she gave him a few chances after making him grovel a bit of course. I found her loyalty to her dad a bit of a stretch, but hey, she never saw that cruel, sadistic other side of him so I get how hard it would be to believe. Plus she probably didn’t want to believe it. Together, this couple was combustible hot. When they came together at first it was exciting and new, then it was brutal and angry and then it was just beautiful as mated lovemaking should be. It’s obvious they are great together if they can just get past the hang-ups.
Now I don’t want to imply that the book was all doom and gloom. It did have it’s light moments.
I loved Chloe’s reaction when she woke up at Loa’s where Macrieve took her for healing help.
Chloe’s gaze drifted to Loa. “That a snake?” Loa said, “She keeps death away.” Chloe blinked those big eyes up at him and whispered, “Wish that was the weirdest thing…I’ve heard tonight.” p. 114 Chloe, Loa and Macrieve of Macrieve
Chloe’s gaze drifted to Loa. “That a snake?”
Loa said, “She keeps death away.”
Chloe blinked those big eyes up at him and whispered, “Wish that was the weirdest thing…I’ve heard tonight.” p. 114 Chloe, Loa and Macrieve of Macrieve
Then there was that hilarious conversation Will had with Nix.
Then to the children she said, “I told you Bertil would bite you if you pulled his legs. Now cut out that caterwauling or Auntie Nixie will eviscerate you.” Will thought he heard the witch Mariketa saying brightly, “Ha-ha. Auntie Nixie meant to say ‘no ice cream.” Then Mariketa snorted. “You might have overcommitted on younglings, Regin.” The valkyrie Regin answered, “Dude, Don’t you judge me. And wheres the f-ing fire extinguisher?” p. 332 Nix, Mariketa and Regan of Macrieve
Then to the children she said, “I told you Bertil would bite you if you pulled his legs. Now cut out that caterwauling or Auntie Nixie will eviscerate you.”
Will thought he heard the witch Mariketa saying brightly, “Ha-ha. Auntie Nixie meant to say ‘no ice cream.” Then Mariketa snorted. “You might have overcommitted on younglings, Regin.”
The valkyrie Regin answered, “Dude, Don’t you judge me. And wheres the f-ing fire extinguisher?” p. 332 Nix, Mariketa and Regan of Macrieve
So, different, but not bad is my conclusion on this one. I’m looking forward to the next in the series with Melanthe’s story and after the broad hints here, Munro’s looks like a doozy too.