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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on June 4, 2019
Introducing a new plot thread seemingly separate from the one still dangling after the last book, the author brings us back to beloved wolf and cat changeling country with this tender, emotional, and suspenseful latest entry in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series.
Wolf Rain is the third of the second season Psy-Changeling Trinity series and the eighteenth in the overall series. This is a series that frequently ties into many earlier books by recurring characters and mentions of significant events in the past while still introducing new players and a plot is fresh.
Wolf Rain felt like a big shift in the series because it leaves the previous path of a secret organization attempting to overthrow the Trinity Accord and its leaders and focuses on a new twist in the Psy lore- dark E-talents- but also had a secondary series plot of the ongoing deterioration of the Psy people’s psychic net that keeps them alive and the clock ticking down until the Psy Net fails. I was not disappointed with this seemingly new direction because I can see how it had to be inserted for later future repercussions.
So, Alexei, one of the wolf changelings encounters a mysterious woman locked away in a bunker and carrying a dark psy talent. She has been in the grasp of a psychopath Psy who uses her gift for his own dark purposes since he killed her mother and stole her while she was a child. Memory is disgusted by her talent, but starts to pull together the shattered pieces of her life with the help of Alexei, Sascha, and other new friends she is making while determining that she will get vengeance on the one who took her and tried to break her. And, she will convince that stubborn, heart-broken wolf that he is hers.
Alexei has had to see his grandfather, father, and brother put down as rogue wolves and the women mated to them suffer and die of it. He grieves and hurts particularly the loss of his brother. He carries that gene and he will not perpetuate it even if he and his wolf side find feisty survivor, Memory, a bright and shining source of light in his life. There is an evil being out there who would do anything to get Memory back and a second out of control dark Psy who is hurting Arrows and Empaths like Memory. He may resist the mate bond, but he will protect her to his last breath.
Alexei and Memory’s story is not told in isolation and many regular characters as well as all the races are well represented. Caleb is given brief narration bits along with a mysterious afflicted Psy sprinkled throughout Alexie and Memory taking turns.
I swear the author specializes in showing the dark in the world and then showing how strong people, determined to do right and not let evil win find a way in both their ability to be together and their ability to thwart a powerful danger.
I like how the romance is there and developed well as are the pair as individuals, but that its part of a larger plot driving forward to an exciting series of suspenseful moments at the end of the book. There were friendship moments for both Alexei with his pack and Memory with other E-Psy and the Arrows, sensual times, fun and sad, but a couple big triumphs and a few twists. Just an all-around fantastic series entry.
If you’re new to the series, don’t be intimidated by the number of books. It’s so worth it for the paranormal romance fan.
My thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to review the book in exchange for an honest review.
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