Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5
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.
zZz: This story is a clear continuation of The Shadows, a book I didn’t enjoy that felt like a waste of characters. This one is even worse. I know it is all meant to be read full of Christmas Spirit, but I haven’t been able to stomach the tedious dynamic between Trez and Therese. It is waaaay too boring with plenty of cringeworthy situations and behaviours…
What?: Like seriously… WTF? The ending is messy, under developed and lacking sense in every single paragraph. Next time don’t kill Selena and save us the torture. I can’t even say I’m disappointed with the story, because I wasn’t expecting it to be any good. Thankfully, I’m sure this is just one small hiccup…
Bad cover: Too many and too big letters . I dislike covers where the title and author name bully the poor photograph.