Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

af02b78be614b34cddd1a94f91e8287dRating: 4 stars

Series: Darkest London #7

I’m sad to see this series end, but this was definitely one of the better books in the series. Sin may be my favorite guy in the series. Then again I’m a sucker for a tortured hero. One bad choice as a kid trapped him in a horrible situation, and it drastically altered the course of his life. Most people gave up on him and believed the worst of him, and it all fed into his self loathing. Although emotionally damaged, he wasn’t a lost cause; with the right support he could learn to cope with his past.

Layla was a unique kind of demon. She exhibited some strange traits that made her sought after by some dangerous creatures. Sin was given the job of being her guardian, which was awkward since they were close as children but hadn’t seen each other in years. Layla was the complete opposite of what a demon is expected to be. She was honest and sweet and didn’t have a deceptive bone in her body.

Sin and Layla had good chemistry, but it was a very slow burning romance. It got to the point where I was dying for them to kiss let alone have sex. Although it was slightly frustrating, it worked plot wise. Sin had some serious issues to work through, and by not jumping head first into a relationship Sin’s issues weren’t made light of.

Several of the characters from the other books made appearances and wrapped up some of their storylines. There were a few mysteries to be solved, but the romance was more central to the plot. This could be read as a standalone, but I’d recommend reading Soulbound or at least just the parts with Sin. His background was explained in this, but the bad stuff that happened to him actually happened in the last book. I used the kindle search feature to reread the parts with Sin. It made his current situation easier to understand.

Thanks so much to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

8562565Rating: 4 stars

Series: Nikki Glass #1

I am rereading this series since the final book has been released, which for a long time didn’t seem like it was ever going to happen. It wasn’t quite as good as I remembered it to be, but I still liked it. Even though I’ve read a lot of UF over the years, it stands out from other series because all of the supernatural people are descendants of Greek and Norse gods. A select few of their descendants are immortals called Liberi. Many of the them are power hungry bastards.

Nikki is a heroine I genuinely like which is a rarity in UF. She’s actually smart. After being thrust into the world of the Liberi, she’s cautious. Everyone either wants to use her or kill her, but she doesn’t blindly trust them. I love it that she stays level headed in tough situations. It’s refreshing to read about a heroine who doesn’t fly off the handle constantly and put herself in unnecessary danger. Her biggest fault is forgiving too easily, which definitely isn’t the worst fault to have.

The side characters needed more development. More was revealed about Anderson than any of the other side characters. He is interesting. Jamaal was a raging asshole. IDK why anyone treated him kindly. I really hate him. Maggie was nice, but beyond that nothing was known about her. Blake was an ass, but his actions were forgivable. The rest of the characters weren’t notable. The lack of character development wasn’t too aggravating because this was the introduction to this world and page time needed to be spent on other things.

The Silent Sounds of Chaos by Kristina Circelli

81059acb3f96e65905ebd27c9dfed65dRating: 3.5 stars

Finn and Snow could speak to each other telepathically. Both of them went through hard times in their lives, and telepathy allowed them to connect in a way no one else could. They were an unlikely pair of friends considering they lead very different lives.

Their friendship worked. It was much easier to understand their connection since the story alternated between both of their POV. They were both lonely and depended on each other. Finn’s life was much more difficult since he was severely neglected as a child. One day Snow was kidnapped. Finn was the only one with any hope of finding her. Tracking her down wasn’t easy since he had no idea where she had lived.

The ending was completely unexpected. There weren’t any clues I can think of that would have lead me to think it would end the way it did. Although the ending was surprising somehow it fell flat. I hadn’t really expected such a solid explanation for everything. It twisted the whole story into something different. I didn’t completely love the ending, but it was definitely worth reading. The writing was great, and I would definitely read something else by this author.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hold My Heart by Esther M. Soto

22698577Rating: 2 stars

Series: The Heart Series #1

Too much pointless drama. Ileana and Tommy were FBI agents. Just like every other book with characters who are in law enforcement, they had bad childhoods. They were trying to catch a serial killer although this was forgotten about for large portions of the book. In the first third of the book it alternated between Ileana’s and Tommy’s POV. She was attracted to him but was in denial about it. He wanted to be with her although he mainly thought about how sexy she was. Of course neither of them would express their feelings so there was lots of drama all due to miscommunication. That alone was enough to make me want to DNF this.

Then Ileana went back in time to 1940’s. Unfortunately time travel didn’t make this book more exciting. It was even more boring in the past. All of the characters there were too similar and nice. I would have expected her to be more driven to find her way home. Most of the time her FBI case and partner Tommy were forgotten about. She did meet some relatives in the past, but none of that revealed anything interesting.

When she went back in time, she met Will. She was instantly attracted to him for no other reason than he was gorgeous. They barely knew anything about each other but had strong feelings for each other. Will was boring. I didn’t like him because he wanted her to conform to what he expected a woman to be like rather than letting her be herself. Then she was torn between wanting Will and Tommy although they weren’t in the same time period. I hate love triangles. I never would have read this if I had known there was one. It ended with a dramatic cliffhanger, which ensured I will not read the rest of this series, not that I would have anyway.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.