Author: Jaymin Eve
Pub. Date: March 30, 2021
Pub: Not Listed
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal Romance
I finally have the life I always dreamed of. So why does it taste like ash on my tongue?
Growing up in Torma, the strongest of the shifter packs, I wanted nothing more than to find my true mate and live my best life. Of course, that dream existed before my father betrayed the pack and turned me into their punching bag.
I’d all but given up, until a quirk of true mate genetics gifted me a true mate like no other.
It seems my childhood dreams were finally a reality. Funny how quickly dreams turn into nightmares.
I’m being lied to and missing weeks and months of time. Someone messed with me and no matter how often I’m told to forget it and move on as Torin’s mate, there’s no way I can. Whoever did this to me should have known I’d pick at it until it bled. It’s my nature after all.
As I search out random growls, flutters in my chest, and a suspicion that there’s so much more going on than I could even imagine, I sense that I’m racing against an unknown clock.
I need to get to the bottom of this mystery.
And when I figure out who stole my memories, they’re going to wish they never messed with Mera Callahan.
This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible. If you’re interested, you can check out my spoiler free reviews of Rejected and Reclaimed.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I don’t know what Jaymin put in it, but once I started, I was hooked. The first book was good, second book was utterly fantastic and this final one wrapped everything up so well.
I didn’t love it quite as much as the second book – but I am a sucker for plot lines were the characters suffer from memory loss. And they know something isn’t right, but they’re not sure what – and this book delivers. If you’ve read Reclaimed you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about – since the ending to that book kills. Mera is on a mission, she doesn’t buy into the bullshit Torma seems to be selling. She knows something isn’t right, she just doesn’t know what. Her journey to get back to where she belongs is good – and I’m glad only a small portion of the book was spent back in Torma. Because let’s face it – the selling point of this book is Shadow Beast.
I love him. I love that Mera wormed her way into his life until he was wrecked by her. I’m such a sucker for big, bad, mean, gruff alpha male assholes, who turn into a teddy bear with a naughty streak when it comes to the girl they love. Since he’s fictional, I feel like I shouldn’t be so attracted to him (LOL) but fuck, Jaymin did him so well, it’s hard not to be.
The way they’re so good together, so powerful together – it’s addicting to read. I couldn’t put the audiobook down – coworkers be damned, I was invested! So much happens in this book, stuff never stops. Between what Mera goes through in Torma and what Shadow suffers through during that same time, and then what happens after – they never catch a break. I loved that we got to see more of Angel’s realm and more of the shadow realm in this book.
Everything that happens in the shadow realm is intense and a bit chaotic. I loved that the whole group came together. I loved that there were some new faces introduced.
I nearly died at that one part near the end. If you know, you know. It nearly broke me.
The big final battle was satisfying – though it felt a tad easy. I don’t know. I enjoyed it a lot but I also expected more? It wraps everything up nicely, and I’m not disappointed with the ending.
I’m so glad that a fellow blogger convinced me to pick the first book up. I’d seen it in ads, but I kind of turned my nose up at “shifters” – idk why. Visually it just didn’t look like my kind of book. And then a fellow blogger read it and gushed about it. So, I dove in that night and couldn’t put it down. The series just got better and better and now it’s definitely one I recommend. Mera goes on such a transformative journey – she becomes so much better and so much more than who she was at the start of book 1. And then there’s Shadow Beast who also goes on a journey where he changes and grows and it’s just so good.
So, if you like Shifter Romances, spice/smut and a pretty solid, captivating and engaging storyline – then you’re going to want to pick this series up.
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