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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Makes you want to punch them but....
Hands down, the narration. It made all the moments I wanted to pull my hair and punch the characters all worth while
ANYTHING involving Stella (honestly, that kid rocks!)...Other than that it would have to be the scene where Annika asks Talvi to play the electric guitar during band practice and they finish the elusive song.
He is amazing. I'm currently reading the 3rd book which has no narration at the moment and I miss Nick. There are so many characters in this book and he is able to give them all life & seems to even bring their personalities out. He uses the same voice and accent for Talvi and Finn but somehow they are different enough that you can tell the brothers apart. I find myself attempting to use the same voices in my head while reading book 3...my head is not nearly as good at playing Nick as Nick is at playing the gazillion different characters. Also, I have no idea who Stella is or whose idea it was to add her but cheers for that (also thanks for adding in Annika singing!)
As before, definitely the part where Talvi joins band practice and they finish the song. I was also very fond of the "James blows up and goes nuclear" scene after the sugar and fire incident which leads to said nuclear blow up and ultimately fun times with pixie dust.
Worth it if only for the narration!
- Leslie Akins
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