Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Series: Nora Jacobs, Book 3
Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural, Shapeshifter, Vampire, Fae, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Polyamorous, Reverse Harem
Publication date: January 16, 2019
I find myself getting drawn into this world more and more. Every moment spent with these characters brings a smile to my face, every hint of conflict and debate has my attention hostage. So yeah, I’m really enjoying this series. I enjoy getting to know the main cast more, to see how they mesh with each other, how they deal with butting heads. It can’t be easy living as an Underworlder at the best of times, let alone when your group of friends is under constant attack.
The slow burn romance aspects of this story are my favourite parts, but that doesn’t negate how much I enjoy the main plot of each story as well. Of course we’ve got Nora trying to deal with her reverse harem throughout this book, and I absolutely adore the way the characters work with each other to get things done. But even more than that, I enjoy how the harem and its antics manage to deal with adversary as a unit. I enjoy the way that they work together to solve any mystery that’s thrown their way.
Now that Nora knows what she is, it’s hard for her to hide it from the Underworld in Detroit. Yet she manages a pretty good job of this – for the most part. As is usual, more and more people get brought in on the secret whether Nora is ready for it or not. Nora has to learn – quickly – if she can trust all these people with her secret, and if they’ll be able to keep that information away from others who might use it to harm her.
If you’re looking for a fun read, I’d highly recommend giving this book a try. This fast paced book managed to keep my attention even when I wasn’t currently in the world. If you’re looking for a slow burn romance – or several at the same time – this could be a great read for you. You’ll just need to start with Don’t Rush Me (review here), the first book in the series.
Okay, I know this happens at the very end of the novel, but I need to get it off my chest. The fae wanted Nora to be their queen? I don’t know why they thought that would be a good idea, since Nora’s already been thrust into more chaos and mystery than any other creature in the Detroit Underworld. I also don’t think she’d be a very good leader. After all, she’s not even very good at leading her men. She usually defaults to Terrance with how to run things, though she does get her way when she wants to. All part of her Siren magic, I suppose.
Speaking of her Siren magic, I’m surprised that she managed to keep it a secret as long as she did. Sure a select few found out about her magic from the time that the werewolf saliva broke her glamour, but she did a pretty good job of keeping that information wrapped up. Okay, “select” few might not be the right term since she didn’t really select everyone that found out. But it still wasn’t a lot of people considering how many people she interacts with in this story.
It was interesting to learn that Siren magic is tied to the past, present, and future. I didn’t put that together with her powers until it was laid out for me, though I probably should have. I enjoyed the fact that there were a couple people in her life that understood her powers better than she did and instead of telling her everything as a way to info dump on the reader, she instead got to learn everything on her own. This made it that much more interesting to read about Nora trying to use her powers to find the fae hunters. I’m certainly glad that they managed to stop the killing, but I’m more happy that Nora was able to grasp how to control her powers and use them to her advantage. Fainting all the time because of echos doesn’t sound like a fun time, but there certainly are advantages to being able to glimpse the past.
I’m also proud of Nora for keeping it from Henry when he used his compulsion on her and started digging through her memories. Yes, she had to use her Siren’s song to get him to stop going through her memories, and yes she had to maintain eye contact with him while doing it so the second she broke that contact Henry regained his “senses”. And, yes, using her song one time wiped her out enough that she wouldn’t have been able to use it on Henry again even if he hadn’t put a blindfold on. But she stop him, regardless of how temporary the fix was.
It was also impressive that she managed to use her song on a whole room of people when that young man came into Terrance’s club with a bomb strapped to him as revenge for them killing his entire family. Even if doing so did let everyone know exactly what kind of fae she is. I doubt they fae are going to be as willing to have Nora as their queen now.
Nora’s suggestion of them listening to a governing body instead of a monarchy was a pretty good idea, too. Sure the fae were unwilling to sign the treaty in order to allow the FUA to govern their race/s because they felt like they’d be giving away their ability to govern themselves. Parker’s idea that Nora work for the FUA and act as the liaison for the fae was a good one and would allow Nora to do the work she loved to do while still allowing her to help the fae as much as possible. I only hope that her being outed as a Siren isn’t going to make the fae stop considering it as a viable option for them.
Speaking of FUA employees, I’m so pumped that Nick turned out to be a dragon. I thought maybe with the way his powers had been described in the past, but I wasn’t sure about it. After all, there are so many supernatural creatures that I hadn’t thought about – let’s say a Siren for example – that I wouldn’t have been surprised to be shocked by whatever Nick turned out to be. It is pretty cool that he ended up being a dragon. I’ll always have a soft spot for them.
I also enjoyed the fact that the way Nora’s powers worked on Nick was making him want to be her partner at work. The lone wolf (dragon) never wanted a partner, claiming that he worked better alone. Yet as the director pointed out, Nick was constantly taking Nora along with him on official FUA business and asking for her input in the cases. They really would make a great team and I’m looking forward to seeing even more of that in the future.
Looking at the other guys in Nora’s harem, I love the amount of growth they’ve made as individuals. Oliver has become more open with his affections for Nora which is adorable, but what I enjoy most about his growth as an individual is his willingness to start to try using his magic again. Sure he might only be able to use it to protect Nora for now, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Before long he’s going to be comfortable enough to use magic for other reasons again.
Then we have Rook. As a wolf, it’s not easy considering sharing your mate with others. It almost made him walk away completely, but he was finally able to accept that he needed Nora in his life in any way that she’d take him. If that meant sharing her with the others, then that’s what he was going to have to get used to doing. That doesn’t make it any easier on his wolf, but at least he’s learning that it’s okay to share. She can’t fight her nature any more than he can, and that doesn’t negate what she feels for him.
You know who else can’t fight their nature? Parker. (Yes okay, that was the worst transition in the history of transitions.) I really do love the fact that he was open about the fact that he needed to go feed on human blood with Nora. She might not be okay with most vampires, but there’s no way that he’d be able to be a part of her harem if she wasn’t going to be willing to accept all part of himself. Thankfully, Nora was able to come to this realization herself. She might not be comfortable with the fact since it was vampires that killed her mother, but being around Parker is making it easier to separate the vampire from the personality. Not every vampire is an evil creature, just vampires like Henry.
On top of the love interests, (yes, I haven’t gotten to Illren yet but he’s only half a love interest) I enjoy the other men in Nora’s life. Terrance is the best father figure imaginable, bringing Nora’s men into his clan to make her happy and keep them closer to her. Letting them all move in with him and Nora was an especially nice touch. Plus, as a troll, I bet it’s nice to have so many more people to take care of all the time. I love how protective Terrance is of everyone now that they’re part of his clan. Not that he didn’t care about them before, since Nora cared about them, but it’s clear that he’ll do anything in his power to protect them from the evils of the world from now on.
Okay, now I’m going to bring up Illren. I’ve got to admit, I have a soft spot for assassins. While I’m glad I don’t know any in my real life, I certainly enjoy reading about them. The fact that Illren was so willing to tie himself to Nora when he wasn’t willing to tie himself to his queen just goes to show that the man has depth. Sure he might seem like just a killing machine at times, but it’s true that he cares for her and is willing to do anything for those he cares about. Plus, he was pretty badass while saving Nora from Henry’s clutches. I understand that he swore himself to her and basically forced her to accept him, but now I’m not able to imagine her life without him. He certainly fits right in to their motley crew. I look forward to learning more about him in Don’t Tempt Me, the final book in this series.
I’m also interested to see who else will be brought into the fold by the end of the series. I can’t imagine that Nora is done collecting “her men”, whether she wants more or not. After all, as a Siren she needs a large harem to decrease her allure, her curse, on men.
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