Genres: Holiday Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Gallery Books
Released on November 26, 2019
I’m always up for a new story in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world even when I’m pretty sure it’s going to really do a number on my heart. For you see, we have a sequel to that heartbreaker, The Shadows, here. But, it’s a Christmas season story and we all know what that means, right?
Where Winter Finds You is #17.5 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This book needs to be read after The Shadows, but it also has a unique place in the series in that it’s strictly a sequel to that story and doesn’t touch on the main part of the series. It’s an interlude, basically, and can be included or skipped as the reader desires.
Where Winter Finds You begins with Trez in a really bad place. His heart is still a gaping wound for his shelan, Selena, and he simply wants to end it all. His friends worry and some even administer some tough love, but it’s not until he has ongoing encounters with a waitress working at his twin’s restaurant that he drifts away from the edge. Therese is not Selena, but she is her dead ringer. He knows he is wrong to be with her while he is wishing she were and treating her like she is someone else, but he can’t stop. She’s become his world.
Terese left her family and home back in Michigan because she learned after all these years that she was adopted. She feels betrayed about the lie until that moment and now is determined to be independent even if it means living in a cheap apartment and barely making ends meet. Her life is purposeless and she feels something is always missing except for her dream Shadow lover and the real life Trez who she can’t get off her mind. Christmas is a time of magic so maybe this new thing with Trez is just what she needs to help restore her. She knows he is holding back and she has promised to give him space. Hopefully, what they have can survive his secret.
Where Winter Finds You was not a hit out of the park for me. It wasn’t awful and I am glad I read it, but it took For. Ev. Er. for me to get into the story. Trez and Selena were a pair I was meh about even before what came in the Shadows’ ending so I could have taken or left this second half of Trez’s story. But, its Black Dagger Brotherhood world so I wasn’t going to miss even a side story sequel. And, after all the predictable stuff happened and I was drowsing over this one, it finally kicked into gear about two-thirds through.
Terese finally gets her act together over disappearing on her adopted family because she couldn’t process the fact that she’d been adopted and they had recently told her. Terese and Trez have their big secret reveal and boom, it happened how I imagined. But, the pace was definitely moving and the story tighter and crisper. The big climax intensified things into a gripping sequence of moments. That was the good stuff and I finished the remainder of the book how I usually feel while reading a Ward book and finished with a silly grin on my face for the epilogue that was a lovely peek in to a Black Dagger holiday season.
So, it took a bit to kick it into gear, but ended fabulously. I don’t know what to make of the romance in the scheme of all that came before it in the series, but I’ll take it for what it was in this story- Christmas magic. I can definitely recommend this to a die-hard series fan, but also warn others that it is not a good place to jump in. Newbies should definitely start with Dark Lover and go from there.
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About the Book
When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?
Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.
Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance…or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted…but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.
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