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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Isn’t it wonderful, as a reader, to pick up a book you are skeptical of and find yourself in the hands of an expert lover of words? I don’t have any doubt the author is a lover of words, because she uses some beautifully complex phrasing. Many times I found myself pausing while reading the story, just…savoring her phrasing. Not something I often do. This book was a serious pleasure to read just based off unique writing style alone.
But the story made it AMAZING! Cheyenne is a hardened, tough girl who has been through absolute hell in life but has finally settled into a safe, solitary life producing art in the mountains. That safe, solitary life is yanked out from under her when she gets an unexpected inheritance from a former friend – a ten year old boy struggling to survive a life that seems bent on destroying him. Will was a loyal seal team leader until a terrible betrayal darkened his life and he turned hard and cynical. These two are brought together in a tale of vengeance, violence, hope, and searing hot sexiness.
There were a couple aspects of this plot I was worried about after I read the blurb and before I read the book. All too often romance writers try to write a tough, feisty female lead and end up with a bitch. That didn’t happen here. On the contrary, Cheyenne is a genuinely nice person, she just isn’t going to take any crap off anyone. Her reactions in high stress, volatile situations are the exact reactions anyone would have if they had grown up like she had.
Another thing I worried about was the book being too cliché. Badass seal rescues girl who needs it, they fall in love, happily ever after. But this book never felt cliché or trite. I was way too into it to ever think “this may be cliché”. So while on the surface it may SEEM cliché, trust me, in practice it’s not. The characters are too real, too developed. The character progression is too flawless. The pacing, the action – it all keeps it together. Usually the mention of nuclear weapons in a romance draws at LEAST a mental eye roll from me. It never gave me a seconds pause in this book. It is just too well written, and well written stories can never be cliché.
This book has been safely tucked into my “re-read” section on my kindle. I don’t give five star reviews to romances often, though I do adore reading them. But this was hands down a five star book. From the skillful use of wordcraft to the delicious plot to the fully fleshed characters, this is well worth a buy despite the cover.
Written for and posted first on The Romance Reviews.com.
Warning #2: spoiler alert.
Cheyenne Elias is a damaged woman who finds herself the guardian of Georgia Humbolt's son, Rafe. Only problem is that Cheyenne hates Georgia with a passion that is hard to comprehend. Will Blackheart is a team leader of a SEAL team that is massacred by a merc team lead by Georgia Humbolt and thinks her son, Rafe, is the key to finding a cache of dirty bombs stolen by Georgia. Will is damaged, both physically and emotionally, and has a deadly hate for Georgia, too. Rafe is a 10 year old boy, abandoned by his mother and left in foster hell. Though Georgia, a CIA agent, is dead in the entire story, her crazy, insane behavior and need to destroy all around her throws these 3 people together and steers their actions and the actions of enemies around them throughout this whole story. The inner thoughts and feelings of each character is shared with the reader and adds to the many layers of character development by this author. So, the first thing that makes this story great is the plot that is well thought out, full of twists and turns and edge of your seat tension.
Second reason this is a great story is the characters, especially Cheyenne. She is kickass awesome, ready and able to defend herself and those she considers hers. Her inner dialogue is funny, smart and revealing about her character. LOVED this woman! (I think I have a girl crush!) Though she was pushed down by life over and over again as a child and teenager, when given a real chance to make her life better, Cheyenne grabbed it with both hands and held on. Smart, skilled and not easy to give her love or trust, she finds in Will the man she needs and in Rafe the child to love.
Will is a typical SEAL, alpha character, but has not completely lost his need for someone in his life as he seeks his one-minded quest for vengeance and honor for his lost men. In Cheyenne he finds a woman able to handle him, both physically and emotionally, and a second chance at life. He is a great character, too.
And, Rafe, a sweet young boy who has not yet become bitter and angry at the life his crazy mother has put him in. As he learns more about her and how she lived, he becomes angry but has Will and Cheyenne to love him. And, he is the bond that helps to heal them, too.
Altogether, this romantic, suspense story is awesome, one that will lead you to want to read more by this author.
Warning #3: best quote from the book
When confronted by Will the second time, after hitting him in the throat the first time and leaving him laying on the airport floor, Cheyenne yelled at him:
Fu@&ing kill you! Strip your flesh, crush your bones, feed you to fu@&$ing pigs!
Wow! What a woman!
It is rare to find a romance novel that hasn't been 'dumbed down'. Too many writers in this genre don't seem to think that essential elements like great character development, a gripping plot, and realistic dialogue are required. This book has them all.
Will and Cheyenne are interesting, three-dimensional characters who evolve throughout the novel. Rafe is an irresistible 10 year old who adds a lot to the story. All of them are reeling from the damage linked to one woman. There is suspense and some great chemistry between the lead characters. I also enjoyed the way the author creates a slow burn with a healthy dose of tension as you are taken on this literary ride. The villain in the book is dead at the start, but even so she is one of the most Machiavellian characters you will come across.
This is definitely a book I would reread and am looking forward to seeing what else Hope Anika has available.
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