White Knight by Kelly Meade #review

Posted January 28, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 11 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

White Knight by Kelly Meade #review
White Knight

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Series: #3 Cornerstone Run Trilogy
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on January 20, 2015
Pages: 277
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The last story tore my guts out with all the horrific events and loss the McQueens and the rest of the Cornerstone Run wolves had to face, but it got worse when the hybrids took Shay leaving an already emotionally decimated Knight out of his mind. Shay is his mate and the only one who could reach him in the dark place his mind went to after his rape, loss of father, loss of friends and the many losses of life as the hybrids seek to recapture him for his white wolf abilities. Knight is determined that whatever else happens that he will no longer be a victim and he will make the decisions that affect his life including the one to get his mate back and kill the hybrids.

Shay’s barely holding on since her capture. She is kept weak and helpless because the hybrids keep her near starving and neutralize her shifting ability with a silver collar. She is imprisoned with a baby that she suspects is yet another half-breed relation. She is terrified that her quarterly shift will come and her wolf will kill the baby. The hybrids don’t take her seriously and are still working on schemes of their own. Shay learns more about the ‘why’s behind all their plans and gets more surprise revelations, but it only drives her harder in her need to escape.

Bishop is approached by Brynn’s father about forming a temporary alliance to take care of the hybrid issue. Nobody is keen to trust the magus, but the choices are few. Meanwhile, Brynn’s foretellings along with circumstances are leading to a big final confrontation.

As finale’s go, I had strong expectations particularly after the hard hitting middle book which is possibly part of why this one struck me as good, but not great. Another reason is because Knight’s story is predominately introspective and character-driven. I get why. With all his issues, how could it not be? There were also the long period of time spent in explanation for all the trouble the hybrids caused which I enjoyed learning after all this time, but it didn’t really advance the story or excite me. I wish Bishop’s story had been last because of the difference in pace and tone. It was the perfect storm of character growth, tension, danger, passion and just nail-biting page-turner stuff. This one didn’t hit me that way. In fact, there were a few times when tension points were built up only to be brushed aside quickly or allowed to go on off scene. I can’t get specific without discussing spoilers, but a few examples are the possibility of Knight being forced to leave the pack, obey shifter law and replace another pack’s dead white wolf and the situation with Brynn’s father left me with questions even if some things were answered.

Now, lest I leave you thinking it was an utter disappointment or that I’m sorry I read it, I want to be clear that this was a really good story. Knight had to come back from a dark place and he does- slowly, but surely claw his way back. Shay has her own personal victory to win. And they both have to show their strength in their own ways to help gain the victory over their enemies. I loved it when they came together as mates and as a couple. They are passionate and loving. I’ve talked about the dominance dynamics of the wolf types in the last book’s review because Bishop is a gray and his mate is a black wolf. Knight and Shay encounter this too since Shay’s black wolf is more dominant than Knight’s white wolf. Shay has to be careful about this because of Knight’s trigger issues from his rape experience. I thought the author did a fantastic job with this.

I also enjoyed the side stories that pursue the ongoing threads of how Bishop is doing as pack alpha with Jillian alongside and how Rook and Brynn are doing along with other strong supporting characters. The big climax fight scene was quick, but it was surely exciting particularly what led up to it. Wow, didn’t see that coming. There was a nice epilogue that updated things and left me with some strong warm fuzzies for the characters and not wanting to say good-bye to the McQueens and their Cornerstone Run pack.

So all in all, it was a really good read. Knight and Shay were a fantastic pair and it was satisfying to see them dig their way back to happiness as they confronted the danger of their enemies. This series would definitely have appeal to those who enjoy Paranormal Romance particularly shifter stories.

My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Discussion Starter

This story took a step back and ended up giving a deeper emotional explanation about one set of villains’ motives that left me with the dilemma of feeling sympathetic of their reasons if not their actions. What’s your take on villains? Do you like them all black-hearted and evil or do you like the discomfort of shades of gray in them? Have you read any stories where you were sympathetic to the villain or maybe even liked them better than the hero character/s?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melanie Simmons

I loved this world that Meade has built, with the wolves of different colors and their relevance to their run. I also love the characters. The action that was in books one and two were great, but I felt were lacking in this one. Like you I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love it, like I did the other two. I did feel that the threads of the series wrapped up well, with nothing left unanswered. Great review.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I love shifter stories so anytime someone can do something creative with the lore, I love it. This color of wolf/pack structure thing was really cool.
Glad it was a hit for you too, Melanie!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I love shifter stories so anytime someone can do something creative with the lore, I love it. This color of wolf/pack structure thing was really cool.
Glad it was a hit for you too, Melanie!

Mary Kirkland
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Well that is different. I really like shifter books and when something new is thrown in that I haven’t read before that’s always a plus.

Sophia Rose
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Right on, Mary! You would probably like this trilogy.

Lover Of Romance
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Lovely review! I really like the sound of this story and series, its definitely different than your typical shifter romances, and I love trying out something that is different. I will have to get the first book soon and try this author out. I do at times like seeing the gray in some villains, it just depends on how the author portrays it.

Sophia Rose
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This is a unique shifter series and actually lets the paranormals show their monster side. I liked the twist on the wolf culture.
And yeah, I don’t mind some gray in my villains too. This was different b/c you’re allowed to build up a loathing for them through the first two books and then get the explanation for their behavior in this last one.

Lola R
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Lola R

Great review! I am happy to hear you enjoyed this book, I rea danother review of this book recently and that one also mentioned the different tone and character focus this book had in comparison to the others. I am glad to hear the romance worked for you and this was still a nce ending to the series. I like it when villains have shades of grey, I think it makes them more realistic and I want things to make sense. I have encountered books were the villain is evil just because he’s evil and those explanations don’t work for… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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That’s a very good point, Lola! A villain’s evil needs to make sense. Well this will be the story that makes sense of the villainous deeds in the first two books. Oh yes, Anakin Skywalker totally is the poster child for shades of gray villain. Good pick!

Sophia Rose
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This is a unique shifter series and actually lets the paranormals show their monster side. I liked the twist on the wolf culture.
And yeah, I don’t mind some gray in my villains too. This was different b/c you’re allowed to build up a loathing for them through the first two books and then get the explanation for their behavior in this last one.

Lola
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Great review! I am happy to hear you enjoyed this book, I rea danother review of this book recently and that one also mentioned the different tone and character focus this book had in comparison to the others. I am glad to hear the romance worked for you and this was still a nce ending to the series. I like it when villains have shades of grey, I think it makes them more realistic and I want things to make sense. I have encountered books were the villain is evil just because he’s evil and those explanations don’t work for… Read more »