Anticipation and dread have warred equally as I waited for this one final book. Janie, Zane and Kaylin have known each other since children and they have grown up as this series progressed. I have wanted Janie’s story from the beginning after all the dream world meet-ups between these three and the prophecies surrounding Janie. I tried so hard to not let my anticipation become so great that even a fabulous book would have been a let down. But now, after closing the cover on the ending, all I feel is sadness that it was the end because I will miss this series and all the wonderful characters so much. This book exceeded my hopes in many ways giving me closure in ways that I didn’t realize I even needed even while it provided one of the most edge of my seat and emotional plots that I’ve read in a long time. This was a truly grand Grand Finale.
This book should absolutely not be picked up out of order or any of the books in the series for that matter. This is not even just a smidge standalone. It is 100% series spoiler and confuser if you don’t get all the rest before it.
The story opens with the beginning of the peace talks amongst all the paranormal races of the world with each race represented by their leadership. Also in attendance are the prophets and Janie, the prophesied child now adult who is destined to be involved in grave, great and exciting things in this her twenty-fifth year. Janie is nervous, but determined to do her part to achieve lasting peace amongst the races. She sits at the table next to her Uncle Dage the Vampire King and her father as guard, but nearly falls off her chair in shock to come face to face with the boy turned man of her dreams, literally. Zane is all grown up and a lethal warrior…for the wrong race. The gut punch hurts and infuriates her.
Zane is playing a deep game now as he has for his whole mixed racial life. He has so many balls in the air trying to protect everyone he cares about including the beautiful woman who hates him now that the truth is known. Janie’s reaction will not stop him from finally taking what is his. They were meant to be even if he suspects that the latest plots of powerful leaders will leave him dead in the near future. Nobody knows exactly what Janie’s big part in the affairs of all the races will be, but the majority don’t want to find out either. She is either on the kill list of those who would just eliminate the risk or the mating list of those who would try to gain her strong psychic powers for their own. Zane doesn’t care about all that. He just wants Janie the woman. She is his.
That begins the personal battle as Zane tries to protect his female who doesn’t want to be protected and Janie tries to teach Zane that he doesn’t have to go it alone. Meanwhile, the virus killing all the mates of vampires, demons, and witches has grown stronger and faster. Time is running out.
The story is Janie and Zane’s, but in a way it is the story of the whole Kayrs clan because of the final moves on the chess board are happening. The author did something a bit different with this book. Just before the final gripping sequence of events, the author puts pause to the mad pace of the story to let the reader through Janie make the round of good-byes with all the series characters from before. The pace really slows down and some might be chomping at the bit if you prefer more active scenes, but it picks up soon enough. I confess to filling a tissue as a result of this and did a lot of muttering about sadistic authors. That series of ending scenes felt like lots of hard punches to the gut as I read on just hoping for a way out for all the characters I loved. One of the sacrifices made sense and I knew it was coming, but yet I didn’t want it (sort of a fairytale lover here). The ending and epilogue left me smiling and laughing through my tears. I shall really miss this series though maybe the author will give little peek-ins from time to time.
My final thoughts involve a lot of superlatives and adjectives crowing about how fantastic this book was to read. I heartily recommend this series to those who enjoy steamy paranormal romance particularly when the males are alpha and the gals are sassy.
My thanks to Kensington Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.