Don’t Cheat Me by Jackie May

Rating: 4/5 stars Don't Cheat Me.jpg

Pages: 270

Series: Nora Jacobs, Book 2

Genres: Paranormal, Supernatural, Shapeshifter, Vampire, Fae, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Polyamorous, Reverse Harem

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

 

It’s been a little while since I’ve read Don’t Rush Me (review here). Three months may not seem like a long time, but it was also about 30ish books ago. (Okay, maybe 33 at this point including the books I’ve read but haven’t posted reviews about yet. But who’s counting?) Since it’s been a chunk of time, I really enjoyed how the story slowly called back on things that’d happened in the first book. It’s wasn’t a blatant recapping at the start of the story but rather a slow trickle of information that allowed my brain to recall other events of the story.

I’d also like to say how much I’ve grown attached to these characters. Of course Nora is an intriguing lead to follow, even if some people complain about her being a Mary Sue. But it’s the others around her that I just grow to love more and more. Oliver is the kind of best friend that I’d love to have in my life; Parker brings seduction to a whole other level; and Nora doesn’t seem to stop drawing men to her. Of course, that’s exactly what she’d like to stop happening, but it certainly brings for an entertaining read.

And entertaining this read is. It may not be the best written book of all time – or even that I’ve read in the last little bit – but I thoroughly enjoy my time in this world more and more every time I jump into it. I enjoy getting to see the ways the Underworld races interact with each other and the mayhem that Nora finds herself thrust into.

If you’re looking for a fun and quick read, and aren’t afraid of more than one love interest, I’d recommend giving this book a time. You’ll certainly need to go into this read with an open mind, what with Western society frowning on polygamy, but if you do you’re in for a fun time. Multiple partners might not be for everyone, but I for one find this an interesting take on multiple guys chasing after one girl.

 

*Spoilers ahead*

I don’t know why I never considered that Nora’s powers might be related to that of a siren. It makes so much sense! Even knowing that she was an Underworlder and not a human like everyone assumed, I still didn’t make the connection. I’m not going to lie, if I wasn’t loving this series before, I am now.

I adore the men that Nora has surrounded herself with. Of course we have Oliver, the most loyal person anyone could ever have in their life. Even before Nora made him realize that he might have PTSD over the incident in their youths, his dedication for her was astounding. The fact that he so clearly loves her and not her powers of seduction, and that she loves him in return, just makes him even more dear to my heart.

And, of course, there’s Parker. While I feel bad that he’s been cast out of Henry’s coven, I can’t say that I’m sad to see Henry out of his life. Sure Henry is an extremely powerful vampire, but Parker deserves better. He deserves to be surrounded by people who actually respect him. Thankfully, he fits in quite well with Nora’s gang of misfits. While Nora’s powers affect Parker extremely strongly, I also like that he’s willing to try so hard to woo her. And that he continued to try to keep Nora’s fantastical blood (at least the secret of it) to himself because it was better than risking her life.

Then we have Terrance. Still the super protective papa troll, still insanely loving and caring. I didn’t know I could love him more than I already did, yet he managed it. I love that Nora wasn’t willing to join the Agency because it meant leaving Terrance, proving that she’s just as loyal to him as he is to her.

Now that I’ve gotten the guys out of the way, time to get to the meat of the story.

Okay, one more guy. Rook. Thank you, Wulf, for introducing your brother into this story. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure which guy I was hoping Nora would end up with, but Rook now has my vote. It helps that he’s had such a harrowing past as Nora – well, even more so since his mate and parents were killed – making it easier for the two of them to get to know each other. And to learn that they might very well need each other in their lives. I find it adorable that he moved into the city in order to be closer to her, to try and woo Nora into his arms.

Ahem, right. Enough about the romances.

I really do enjoy the fact that the main focus of this story was Nora trying to help solve a minor crime in Rook’s pack. And that it morphed into her and her harem – ahem, friends – preventing a hostile takeover. I adore that this allowed her and Rook to get closer together, and for Nora to better understand werewolf dynamics. While I’m heartbroken that Maya was killed for following her Luna’s orders – especially since it was by said Luna – I’m happy that she found happiness while she was alive, as fleeting as it was.

I liked the fact that the plot to take over Rook’s pack was so convoluted. It kept me on my toes as Nora went through her investigation, trying to figure out what was going on without those around her catching on to what her actual gifts were. It also ensured that her and her crew were ready to stop the takeover from happening, getting rid of a nasty alpha in the process. Axel, you won’t be missed.

Speaking of her gifts, I can’t wait to see how Nora deals with her increased powers from now on. For someone who already didn’t want to be the center of attention, it’s only going to get harder on her. I hope that she learns how to control them at least moderately soon, as she does need to figure her shit out. Oh, and the guys she surrounds herself with would probably appreciate it, too.

Another thing I enjoyed was the fact that Nora was working hard to learn self defense. She no longer wanted to be a defenseless damsel, to have to rely on her friends to protect her time and time again. They might be stronger than her, but that doesn’t make her powerless. I’m glad she figured that out. Okay, and I really enjoyed the intimacy that it brought to her relationship with Rook.

I can’t help it! Rook certainly has my vote for main love interest. I love that he’s slowly bringing Nora out of her shell. I love that she was fine with him literally giving her a sponge bath to help placate his wolf. And I love that he made her comfortable with his touch when touching anyone else leaves Nora reeling. I hope he keeps working with her – slowly, for both their sakes.

 


 

Other reviews from the series:

  1. Don’t Rush Me (Book 1)
  2. Don’t Bait Me (Book 3)
  3. Don’t Tempt Me (Book 4)

 

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