Duality is just a fact of life when you’re the hybrid offspring of a psychotic vampiress and an alpha werewolf. Remus Black is about to learn the hard way that the vampires aren’t the only ones who have designs on the hybrid prince of legend. When the Family, a legion of undead hunters who have lain dormant for years, starts killing supernaturals and targeting the people Remus loves, old bonds and new alliances are tested.
The Family is only one of the problems Remus must face now that he’s more vampire than werewolf and less human than ever before. Suppressing his wolf side was necessary in order to do what it took to save Victor’s life, but his nascent vampire nature has come at the cost of his relationship with Sebastian. Even more shocking than how easy it is to live without his humanity is the fact that he finds it restored in the arms of his destined mate’s brother.
Remus and his newfound pack are about to learn that surviving the harvest moon was nothing compared to the threat that looms with the hunter’s moon. Remus finds himself at the center of a war between the Kingdom of Night and the Kingdom of the Sun, but the battle raging in his own mind poses the greater threat. It soon becomes clear that Victor is bound to the vampiric half of his soul while Sebastian holds claim to the very wolf nature Remus must keep at bay to protect his fragile heart.
To stop the hunters and ensure the future stability of the pack, Remus will be forced to do the unthinkable and choose between Victor and Sebastian. Will his choice tear the brothers apart for good, or is his love the key to bringing them together and standing against the hunters as a united front?
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Ok seriously. This book was wonderful and I got sucked in again and couldn’t put the book down. Like stay up til 0330 and still struggle to put the book down knowing your kid will be up in a few hours level of engagement. I loved where the story went in this second book of the series. Some of my initial ideas about where Remus, Sebastian and Victor are headed continue to be obvious to me as an outsider. Plus some of the other characters hinted at it as well.
We see far more of Victor’s depths in this book and not all of them are what I expected. Some of them I think have more story behind them than what initially meets the eye here. But others are straight up really bad for Victor. His devotion to Remus continues to be one of his sweetest qualities. But you can see the emerging alpha in him at the beginning half of the story. I’m fascinated to see what’s in store for him in the third book.
I adored Remus even more in this story if it was possible. He continues to overcome so many things and show a level of strength he’s going to need in the days to come. As his role in the upcoming war is revealed piece by piece, I am glad he has his pack and family around him. He’s got a hard road ahead of him and the actions of others is going to make it harder. I like that he’s gradually accepting the lore and the words of the Priests and Her, but I do think he’s got to be more open if he’s going to get where he needs to be in time.
Sebastian really showed his true self in this book. Much of the protective layers he projects to protect himself are stripped away throughout the story. I have to say the man revealed is so dang sexy in all the right ways. I was a little shocked at his reaction to some of the events later in the story. However I’m hoping his uncharacteristic reaction will be explained in the next book. His love for Remus is strong but he’s also slightly blinded by it the same way Victor is.
The plot twist around the 3/4 mark though. HOLY MOLY! I was so shocked by Victor’s actions. Sadly I think Sebastian needed it though. I was doubly surprised by Clarence. I was floored when Sebastian drank the Kool Aid for this. It is going to blow up in ALL OF THEIR FACES!
The book ends on another kind of big cliffhanger and I desperately need book 3 to know what happens next. I still have some predictions and wishes for how things go. But I want to know what really happens. Is book 3 out yet? No? How about now?
Four and a half
L.C. Davis has been writing since he can remember. He started out jotting down tales about his imaginary friends in spiral notebooks and an old typewriter. Since then, he’s upgraded to a laptop but he still prefers the company of his characters to 3D people most of the time. As a transgender author, L.C. is dedicated to increasing trans visibility in the romance genre one supernatural tale at a time.
When he isn’t watching 90s sitcoms and Sci-Fi with his partner, you can find L.C. attempting to write while his two cats and fluffy lunkhead of a dog vie for his attention.