Talvi Marinossian has slain maenads and fought off vampire attacks, but nothing has prepared him for getting involved with one of these forbidden "modern girls". When he finally tracks down Annika it's obvious that she's changed since her recent adventure in his homeland. It's also clear that she's not ready to embrace the next chapter in her life. He tries to persuade her to open up to him, but she finds it difficult since he won't even explain how he earns a living, why he has a secret cell phone, or the reason he keeps another woman's handkerchief in his pocket. Instead of relying on Talvi to help her adjust, Annika delves into her music and her job, and it isn't long before the new lovers find themselves completely out of sync with one another. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.
You'll enjoy this edgy and dark blend of new adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance if you're a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Donna Grant, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, Jeanine Frost, J.R. Ward and Lynsay Sands.
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A series above and beyond the expected
- A D.
Wonderful, brilliant awesome.
I liked the way the story is moving forward from the first book. It is completely different yet just as interesting. It still carries glimpses back so we can see what is going on at home while moving into Annica's world to show us where she comes from. It starts to explain a little about Talvi, the things that were hidden about his life and his character. We are seeing Annika's friends and family and they are fitting seamlessly into the story I like how funny everyone is even when not even trying, I smiled and laughed so much while listening. Talvi is even sexier if that is even possible.
I listened to the audio version of the flame and the arrow that he narrated before listening to this one. I really enjoyed it, but this second book had me deeply involved because the performance by Nick seemed to have developed as he had been reading the books. He was as involved in reading the story as I was in listening to it. This time he "lived" it and so I could as well.
The relationship between Finn and Annica is a very emotional one that causes Finn to feel very guilty. He is such a beautiful selfless soul that feels things very deeply.and when he talks to Annika about his feelings it really makes me want to cry for him, for the love he feels and can never have.
The book ends on a cliffhanger which I always hate lol. I hope the next audible version comes out soon.