After reading and loving the first book in this series I went into this one with pretty high expectations, which I always tell myself I shouldn’t do. But alas! I broke my own rule.
What’s it About?
Selene sacrificed everything when she took her brother’s place as ruler of the Vyusher—including her secret love for one-time adversary Griffin Aubrey. When nightmares that are just a little too real start, Selene fears she’s turned into a cold-blooded killer…the monster Griffin thinks she is. Griffin and Ellie Aubrey are finally safe for the first time in over a hundred years, and Griffin doesn’t want to easily forgive the woman he blames for killing his family. But when an unknown menace drives Selene to leave her people and seek their help, Griffin must decide. Can he move past his hatred of everything she is? Or will the bond that could bring them both the greatest joy now be the source of their deepest despair?
Griffin and Selene are mates, but he’s having difficulty trusting her after learning that Selene and her Vyusher wolf-pack family killed his own family. They obviously have a deep connection and longing for one another, but I felt like they spent so much of the book fighting this link that it was hard to really connect with them as a couple. They also spent a large portion of the book separated from each other. This lack of time spent in the same zip code made me want so much more from their relationship!
Build-up to Cliffhanger
I love that we get to see all of the characters from the first novel again, and if anything we get to know them even better than in book 1. It felt like there was a lot more build-up in this second novel, which made for a rather slow-moving start, but also made the eventual climax even more exciting. Sort of a blessing and a curse.
Although Hyacinth has an exciting conclusion, there are some important plot questions which are left unanswered. For example, their enemy wolf-pack keeps dropping off unconscious people for Selene and company to deal with. Not really sure what that was all about, but I’m sure we’ll learn more in the following books. This novel does end on a cliffhanger, and it’ll make you wanna go straight into the next book!
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Series: Svatura, book 2. I can’t wait to read the next one, as it deals with one of the most complex characters of the bunch!
Should you read it? Definitely read book 1 first, but it’s an interesting paranormal series with some amazing characters.
Smut Level: There are just a few kisses between Selene and Griffin, but they are oh so passionate.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. The Wild Rose Press, Inc. 217 Pages.