Book Review: Reclamation (Dominion Book 2) by Lissa Kasey

 
 
The serial killer is gone, but Seiran still has just as many problems to deal with, including more bullying and worsening mental health. Seiran is finally ready to commit to Gabe but fears more than ever that Gabe will get tired of him, especially now that his trauma is interfering with their relationship. But between Roman trying to get revenge on Gabe and Seiran getting mysterious emails and phone calls from a past---and dead---abuser, their relationship might be the least of their worries.

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Title: Reclamation
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This book was quite a punch of emotion. I felt terrible for Seiran throughout the whole thing. He already had anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD, and the guilt and trauma from what happened at the end of Book 1 only made his mental health even worse. The author did an amazing job of showing Seiran’s slide into depression and his worsening mental health in his thoughts and actions and feelings. It was heartbreaking to see and feel how much he was struggling. I knew that what Seiran was worried about—that Gabe was going to get tired of him and leave him because of all his mental struggles and because he couldn’t have sex—wouldn’t actually happen, so the emotion wasn’t that I was worried about the relationship, it was simply that I felt for Seiran. It was also awful finding out the backstory about Matthew and what he did to Seiran. It’s no wonder Seiran has some issues. It probably sounds terrible to say this was the book in which I finally warmed up to him (I had a hard time liking him in Book 1), but I think it was just that I finally saw him with his shields down and finally got to understand why he acted the way he did in the past.

Gabe, on the other hand, was super perfect again. But, even though I normally like when characters are more realistically flawed, I couldn’t help but love Gabe. I want a Gabe in my life. And a Jamie, for that matter. Maybe even a Kelly. Seiran really had some amazing people in his life who cared about him, worried about him, comforted him, supported him, and did their absolute best to help him. So even though there was some downer emotion from the struggles, there was a lot of sweetness in the book too.

Unfortunately, I was frustrated that I still didn’t get anything that really showed me why Gabe and Seiran love each other. As I mentioned in my first review, it’s clear that they do love each other, but all that was ever shown in Book 1 was Seiran having (or trying to have) sex with Gabe any time he was around him, and in this book it was only ever sex or Gabe comforting Seiran and telling him how much he loved him and how he wouldn’t leave. The flashback that explained how Gabe and Seiran met would’ve been the perfect time to show something more, but even then it was literally just Seiran trying to get in Gabe’s pants and Gabe already being protective and perfect and caring, despite having just met. I just wanted to see more of the non-sexual connection between them, something to show their compatibility or to explain why they fell in love in the first place.

As for the plot, it was mostly about Seiran’s emotional struggles and how he felt it was impacting his relationship, but I didn’t mind or get bored because I love character-driven books. The story did pick around 70% or so though with more actual stuff happening. Terrible stuff, of course, because poor Seiran just can’t catch a break.

So overall, despite the relationship issue I had, I enjoyed this book, even more so than the first one. I felt more connected to and invested in the characters, I thought the mental illness aspect was well-written, I really felt for Seiran, and I definitely wanted to continue the series upon finishing!

 
 
Book Blurb

Seiran Rou did the unthinkable to save his own life—he killed someone with magic. Now he’s haunted by the deed, and his internal troubles are ripping apart his newly strengthened relationship with Gabe. And the Dominion still wants him to toe the line and produce an heir.

After receiving threatening e-mails, phone calls, and vandalism that all seem to stem from another dead man from Sei’s tormented youth, Matthew Pierson, Sei thinks he’s going crazy and realizes he needs help. He turns to a Dominion-recommended psychiatrist.

But the past has already dug its claws in deep and someone is helping Sei’s old abuser lead him into a trap. Sei knows Gabe will come for him, and he’s ready to accept his love now. Only he doesn’t know if either of them will survive long enough to find a future together.

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  1. Lola

    It sure sounds like Seiran has a tough going in this book with all those mental issues and worries about their relationship as well. That sound awesome he has some great people in his life who care about. I also usually prefer more flawed characters, but sometimes the author can write a more perfect character so well that I can still really like them. That’s too bad you never found out why they love each other, but that is good the author still is able to show how much they care about each other.

  2. Olivia-Savannah Roach

    Okay so I don’t usually like perfect characters but other than being a bit stalkery and controlling Edward Cullen is pretty much perfect BUT I STILL LOVE HIM? So I think every now and again a too perfect character will slip into my heart where I can love them regardless of the flaw of being too perfect :P Also my heart is breaking for Seiran just from reading this review. I kind of want to wrap him up and protect him!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Sometimes an author manages to make a perfect character who is perfect in just the right way that we love them, I guess lol. But poor Seiran! He needed someone to wrap him up and protect him <3