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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Intermix
Released on January 20, 2015
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.
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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