First of all, the thing I loved most about this second book in the series was all the emotion. Both Jehenne and Corvus have passionate, explosive personalities with strong emotions, and unlike in the first book when it made them seem overdramatic, this time it worked in the book’s favor. I like some good angst and drama and high emotion in romance, and this book gave me that, especially since I could understand why both characters were so upset. Jehenne was really stuck between a rock and a hard place and that scene when she walked into Corvus’s office was rough, and poor Corvus, well, I too would’ve been hurt if I had been in his position.
Jehenne herself was less frustrating this time. She seemed more mature and didn’t make as many bad decisions. I completely understood her hesitancy to complete the bond with Corvus. I thought it was mature of her to realize that, even though she loved Corvus, she was still young and shouldn’t rush into a decision about spending eternity (literally, since they’re immortal) with someone she really hadn’t known for very long. It annoyed me that no one else in the book seemed to understand that and kept pressuring her to sleep with him already. It annoyed me even more that everyone kept insinuating sex and love are the same thing and that the only way to “prove” she loved him was to have sex with him. I could also understand her wanting to have a child someday and being upset by the fact that that wouldn’t happen with Corvus since, as a vampire, he can’t have children. So even though she was still fairly emotional, it was for good reason.
As for Corvus, he was a little less perfect, which was a good thing as I don’t like when characters are too perfect. He definitely had a temper and knew how to be cruel when he wanted to be, but he was still a good person.
There was also Cain, *SPOILER (for Book 1)* (Jehenne’s brother from her past life) *END SPOILER* who turned out to be a pretty interesting, mysterious character, and the relationship that grew between him and Jehenne was sometimes rough and full of arguing but also sweet.
The one character I didn’t like was Corin, not because he was poorly written but because he didn’t seem to understand the meaning of the word no. He was constantly touching, kissing, and trying to manipulate Jehenne into having sex with him even when she told him to stop, tried to push him away, and even tried to use magic to hurt him. So that “nice” thing he did wasn’t nice, it was just the truth. *SPOILER* He told Corvus that he tried to force himself on Jehenne, that she didn’t want to go through with it despite her longing for the baby, so that he would take the blame instead of her in order to save her relationship with Corvus… but him trying to force himself on her is literally what happened. Jehenne first ran out of Corin’s house because she had changed her mind, then, even when she was in her underwear after he healed her injuries and her mind was clouded by a magic-induced lust, she still told Corin no and tried to push him away from her. It doesn’t matter if she felt lust or desire or attraction, she told him to get away from her and tried to push him away. It was only her necklace that stopped him. That’s sexual assault. Or like taking advantage of someone while they’re drunk since the magic was clouding her judgment. *END SPOILER* And I wasn’t ok with how Corin’s actions were made out to be ok by the characters.
I think I also liked the plot a little better in this one than in the first book. Between all the relationship drama, the sweet moments of happiness and friendships and family, and the trip to the Underworld, it was more gripping.
So overall, aside from the problematic sexual assault part, this was another enjoyable book in the series that fixed most of the issues I had with the first one and kept me gripped with it’s plot, characters, and emotion!
*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 2nd read.*
4 Stars (1st Read – 2015)
4 Stars (2nd Read – 2016)
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