Review by Penelope Adams
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
After an epic battle with “he who shall not be named,” C.J. Ryan goes into a two year coma. The love of his life, Valarie, stays by his side the entire time. Her face is the first one he sees when he awakes. The trouble is, he doesn’t know who she is, or who he is for that matter. Unable to speak, walk, or remember his past, C.J. fights a long hard battle to return to who he was. Every time he gets a fleeting memory, he has seizures and goes into a coma again. His family and friends keep a tight lid on their memories, but C.J. is determined to recall his life. His family may have no choice since the battle against you know who still remains, and the stakes are higher than ever. All hell is going to break loose, and C.J. better get his act in gear or the consequences are going to be beyond repair.
Ms. Taylor once again takes us into the world of good versus evil with the style and grace we have come to expect from her. She infuses just the right amount of laughter, tears, anger, and passion into her characters. This allows us to believe in their supernatural abilities as normal and to love them as more than just characters in a story.
Old friends from the previous books appear, but once again the story focuses on C.J. and Valerie. In addition, the story is told us in vivid detail by C.J. himself. He lets us into his mind, a place that isn’t always pleasant, but is so intriguing we don’t want to leave. Valerie, as always, is a rock for C.J. to cling to and her love for him is most certainly the only thing that keeps him sane at times. I liked her from the moment I met her in Damien and Naomi’s series and still find her one strong, special woman.
It would be better if one reads the first book before attempting this one, the second one. However, there is enough back story scattered here and there so reading book one isn’t totally necessary. There are a few slightly graphic love scenes, but they flow well with the story and are well written. As usual with this series, there are parts of the story that are not easy to read. At times it takes a toll on our hearts and minds, but it is worth the tears we may shed to see the story through to the end.