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“A dove has great beauty but is easily broken”
Apollo lost his wife and the mother of his children four years ago, he has grieved her ever since. When he learns that there is an Isla in the other world he decides he wants her no matter how difficult it might be since his twin broke her. But he is determined that he should have her, protect her. However when he sees Ilsa for the first time he realizes that it is hard to look at the twin of the woman you once loved. He thought he was prepared but she is not his dead wife and they have a lot of obstacles to overcome.
There are few things I really liked about this installment of the series.
First, I really enjoyed how the love story unfurled and that both struggled with their perspective pasts. Apollo essentially ran away for a little bit not knowing how to deal with his feelings about his dead wife and Ilsa needed time to heal herself from the life she had before. I liked that she had time to travel with Apollo’s men that showed you how different she was from the Ilsa of that world. Time to grasp that even though they looked the same she could claim a new life a new name and leave her past behind. Ilsa transforms under the watch of Apollo’s guard and affectionately becomes known as Maddie to them. It wasn’t an overnight thing I respected that KA took the time to let her heal a little before putting Maddie and Apollo back together.
Second, I like that Valentine showed up to give little pushes along the way. I didn’t think that Maddie and Apollo could get there on their own as quickly because of baggage, but Valentine’s meddling was funny and needed to progress the romantic aspect of the story.
Love like you build with Miss Madeleine is as she is. It is not of this world. Not of her world. It is beyond the worlds. It is beyond anything.
Third, I was ecstatic to see all the prior couples come into play. Toward the end of the story the underlying plot really picked up steam and it was fun to see all the couples together. I still have a special place in my heart for Circe and Lahn as they are still my favorite couple. Seeing all the women from our world in the other world together as friends added a new dimension to the story I appreciated and gave the plot an interesting twist.
Fourth, the sex scene are HOT really hot. That is a personal opinion but I found that KA really went all out with this couple and I immensely enjoyed their play time together, it was smoking.
The only things I got a little frustrated with at time were that the heroine was so broken that she didn’t trust in herself enough periodically. That said it went with her character but a few times I really just wanted to smack her. Apollo’s theme song is Hot n Cold by Katy Perri as he sometimes hid all of his emotions and seemed to be completely unfeeling occasionally. While I also understood this as part of his character and he needed to have a few of those ultra-alpha control moments so that he and Maddie could work out their relationship it was still angsty and difficult to read.
The ending is action packed and everyone gets to be involved. Golden Dynasty is still my favorite of this series but this is a close second. If you like kinky fantasies then this is a fun series to spend a little time with.
Neither Apollo or Ilsa/Madeleine/Maddy are my favorite characters. Apollo is too pouty and repeatedly mean to Maddy. HE is the one who sought the otherworld twin to his dead wife against the best advice of others. Apollo gave no thought to how his son would feel to see someone who looks exactly like his dead mother. Apollo gives no thought to what it will be like for Maddy to flinch everytime they see her due to the resemblance. At one point Maddy correctly complains that he retreats in anger often which is not a particularly admirable trait.
The romance between Apollo and Maddy is more frustrating than it needs to be due to how horribly Apollo treats her. There are many good reasons why this would be a difficult situation (her past, his past, his kids), but there was almost too much angst. The whole "he loves her, he's mean to her, he wants her, he doesn't want her, lather, rinse, repeat) plays out too long. The fact that Apollo decides he is keeping her after one of his men declares his interest is a bit 'dog in the manger'. This is followed, of course, by more attempts to get rid of her.
Maddy is extremely insecure which wears thin. I know she has been beaten down by life, but this is someone who managed to evade a drug lord for years. It is ultimately her insecurity and impulsiveness that cause some of the issues in her relationship with Apollo. She has some great epiphanies about three-quarters of the way into the story. After some wicked low blows from Apollo, she realizes how little control she has over her life and how incredibly mean he can be.
"What you said was inexcusable, unwarranted and unforgivable,” I replied, holding his eyes and squaring my shoulders. “I’ll not accept Pol’s physical abuse for a decade only to come here and allow his twin to verbally abuse me." HOORAY!
There is a collection of great secondary characters, and the reader gets to see what is happening with Circe and Lahn. There are definitely some amusing interactions between the characters. The idiot dad discussion near the end of the book is both politically incorrect and hilarious. Meeta is a great minor character.
"Cuddling Viktor closer, she noted blandly, "It's my feeling that you females who allow yourselves to be caught by these overbearing men are quite mad."" It IS true that most if the book boyfriends we like so much would drive us NUTS in real life.