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4 Stars *Gifted for an honest review*
I'm no stranger to Callie Hart's work having read some of her Blood and Roses series and most recently reviewing Winter. I have to say this doesn't disappoint. I have to review based on what I've previously read from Callie and for me this didn't quite match Winter, yes it's a great read but not quite on par, hence the 4 star rating. It was missing something for me and I really can't put my finger on what it was. Perhaps the fact that Winter absolutely blew me away has some bearing on my feelings.
The storyline is all there, has everything you need to keep the flow going and to pull you into those pages, compelling you to keep reading. I found the plot lines rivetting, despite having a complex feeling to them they were rather easy to follow. Characters were heaven to read, as well as the secondary characters. They fit well with the story and all had their part to play. I especially liked how the description of Rebel didn't come straight away, the reader was left for a while wondering what he looked like, just how alpha male he was. The focus wasn't so heavily on features at the first meeting. That felt fresh to me. For me Rebel had this anonymous quality to him up until that point that I really liked. He's some man to be honest. Yes, sexy alpha male with that rough dark edge to him...but he is also more than meets the eye. A clever man with intellect and witt, made his character all that more appealing. And secrets, boy does he have some secrets! Alexis is a real cutey, yes we have the good girl doing all the right things, nice family and boyfriend. Very cliched but very fitting. Poor thing finds herself in the wrong place one night and here in starts her hell. She has a quiet strength to her and I think that will come to the fore the further this story unfolds. It's not all sex and violence which is alright, I often prefer a story like that, I like something I can get my teeth into and this was certainly one of those.
So as always when you get a series of books (this one being a trilogy) the first book tends to be a long introduction. Meeting characters. A setting the scene if you like, well that's always the feeling I get from book 1 of 3 and this felt no different. Yes, there's a lot of action going on but it's quite subdued, not as full on as it probably could have been. Maybe this is where it fell a little for me. I did love it, don't get me wrong but it lacked just a little something. Definite scream worthy cliff hanger ending which I always love.
I'm really looking forward to the next installment of this story, I think it will most likely top this one and then again the next will be just as good. Fantastic start to what will no doubt be an awesome trilogy when finished.
“You gonna sit down or what?”
I sit down. Arguing with him would be futile. We sit there, side by side, staring off down the arrow-straight road, and for a moment I don’t hate him. He pulls a cell phone out of his pocket and taps something into it, and then he turns to face me, frowning slightly.
“You believe in vengeance?”
“You mean like revenge?”
He shakes his head. “Revenge is a selfish act. Retaliation for something. Vengeance is a different thing altogether. It’s about obtaining justice, usually for someone who can’t claim it for themselves.”
This is an odd line of questioning but I decide I’ll bite. Maybe I wouldn’t if he were being a jerk like he was a couple of hours ago, but that’s not what’s happening. He’s pensive, the live wire that apparently runs through him dulled for the moment. “I don’t know,” I say. “Probably, in that case.”
“What if I simplified the question?
What if I say, do you believe in justice?
“Then, yes, I do believe.”
About the Author:
Callie has experienced many changes throughout her life, and gone through many ups and downs that have all worked towards shaping and molding her into the person she is today: fun loving, active, social, and hard working. The only thing that has remained a constant throughout her life is writing. Creating characters who will tear your conscience in two is a favorite pastime of Callie’s. There are few real saints and sinners in her books; more often, the denizens of her stories are all very human. Broken, flawed, and always with the potential for redemption.
Despite the subject matter being markedly hot and heavy in comparison to the stories she wrote in elementary school, there will always be an element of fairytale to her work.
3 Rebel Super Swag packs
1 paperback of Rebel w/ signed bookplate
1 complete eCopy set of the Blood & Roses series
1 ARC of Callie Hart & Lili St. Germain's upcoming collaboration, Hell's Kitchen
(to be ready by end of February)
1 MAC "Rebel" lipstick
Signed Gary Taylor Leather Jacket