Author: Jaymin Eve
Pub. Date: January 12, 2021
Pub: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal
They all made a terrible mistake. One they will pay for.
For the past ten years I’ve been a victim. A victim to my pack. A victim to my true mate, who rejected me in the most brutal of ways. And a victim to Shadow Beast, who used me for his own gains.
Or did he?
The beast of mystery never reveals his whole hand, but one thing is for sure… in my time with him, I’ve changed. Now I will no longer walk the path dictated by the powerful men in my life. Never again will I let my strength be taken from me.
I must evolve or die.
And we all know, with a choice like that, there’s really only one answer.
This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. You can check out my spoiler free review for the first book in the Shadow Beast Shifter series – Rejected – here. The first book was good, but I wasn’t overly blown away by it.
This second book.
Maybe it was the narrator. Maybe it was growing relationship between Shadow and Mera. Mayeb it was just right book, right mood, right time. But I fucking loved this book. It was excellent. It was like all the minor complaints I had about book 1 vanished. It was like the characters had settled into their roles and now knew how to carry the story.
And the plot!
Fuck, the ending. I mean, I said it in the first review, but I must be a glutton for punishment, because this book teases and takes and holds so much shit just out of reach. But then when tensions are released it’s so damn good. So damn satisfying. The ending is one of those that is so good narratively, but so fucking annoying as the reader LOL. You know what I’m talking about. Thank god the third book is out, but I’m really annoyed it’s not on audio yet.
But back to the plot – I got carried away.
So much happens in this book, and it all works so well. Between character driven moments, action scenes and just all the drama and tension – it keeps you enthralled. Shadow and Mera are at the top of their games in this book. Their give and take, the sass and banter…the spice.
And there is spice. Shadow is…well let’s just say he’s not called the Shadow Beast for nothing.
I really shouldn’t have been listening to this while at work, but OH WELL.
I definitely didn’t see some of the bigger twists coming. And I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. I really need to pick up book 3 because that shit pissed me off but made me so excited for the next book. I have a hate/love relationship with the way Jaymin chose to end this book. The trope is one that is infinitely frustrating if you’re into whatever Ship is sailing, but as someone who loved turmoil for characters, it’s so much fun.
Like I said, glutton for punishment.
I can’t wait to see what Mera does in the aftermath.
And where I found Mera fairly surface in the first book, she feels like a much more rounded and grounded character. I think her flippant and “say the first thing that comes to mind no matter what it is” attitude makes her come across immature, but she holds her own very well in this book.
Ugh, I just enjoyed this so much. I honestly expected it to be so-so, good but not necessarily something I’d gush over. Just another book to get lost in for a bit. I definitely didn’t expect to completely fall for it, and thoroughly enjoy it. Fuck, I need to pick up book 3. Like, right now.
I’m definitely recommending this series. Shadow and Mera are so great together, she blew into his life, upturned it, and he doesn’t know why he can’t stop thinking about her. Fuck yes. Here for it. Love that dynamic. It’s a shifter PNR with a decent dose of spice – the way he torments her…phew.
If this is your kind of thing, then I definitely recommend checking it out.