- File Size: 352 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publication Date: June 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071FYTX17
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Déjà Vu & Gin (Toil & Trouble Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Going into this story we are actually in the middle of Ana’s sister Seph’s troubles. While all that craziness was going on we were never given a full view of what was taking place with Ana or Tyr. This is their story and it is everything you could ever want when reading about witches, magic, assassins, shifters, gods and more gods.
Ana is the definition of protection when it comes to her family. Due to the loss of them so early in her life she has shielded herself behind an icy veneer. She is strong and wily, and more than I anticipated.
Tyr is an assassin for the realm. Pretty much the only rule he follows is the only one he is required to follow: Honor the terms of the contract. Unfortunately, Ana, the icy witch, has blackmailed him into a contract that contradicts another contract. He’s kinda in a tight spot.
While this one doesn’t have all the twisty turns and crazy detours the previous books had, I was constantly on edge waiting for the other shoe to drop for Ana and Tyr. And it definitely does.
I recommend going into this book – the series! – with as little info as you can. The less you know the greater the ride. While this could possibly be read as a standalone, it would be better to read it in order. Told in dual points of view, it is completely safe in my opinion and does not present any triggers. I will give you a warning about the prologue…tissues will most likely be needed.
ARC generously given by the author but I purchased it as well because it's just that good!
In this tale, we delve into the story of Anastasia Gosse, a powerful and determined witch whose icy, beautiful, and often bossy demeanor hides a huge heart, understandable fear and anger, a strong desire to protect her family from all that threatens them, and a willingness to do anything in order to achieve that goal. Even mess with the likes of Tyr Kanerva. Which is never a good idea.
Tyr is a man with a devastating past, a burning, lifelong desire for vengeance, and a willingness to tangle with the gods. And, oh yeah, he kills for a living. So when Ana forces Tyr to sign a contract in blood that totally conflicts with another contract he’s undertaken (from someone incredibly dangerous), he’s not a happy assassin. This situation will jeopardize both his livelihood and his life, and more importantly (priorities, schmiorities), his opportunity for revenge, especially if he doesn’t play his cards just right. But one cool, irritating, clever, and sexy witch keeps shuffling his deck in more ways than one...
This book is written in dual first person POV and broken down into two parts. The first half takes place during the events of the first three books, giving the reader an alternate storyline regarding what Ana and Tyr were up to during that time. The second half takes place after those huge events have gone down, and delves into the mysteries, secrets, and challenges that still remain for Ana and Tyr.
I really liked these two, thought their dynamics were both funny, fascinating, sometimes moving, and definitely hot. I was totally rooting for them regarding all the hurdles they needed to get over and I was engaged throughout. That being said, I would have liked to have had a bit more time with Ana and Tyr during what I'll call 'the dark period' because I feel it would have added another layer of depth and emotion to this tale, taking us even deeper into their relationship. We were told some of the more significant details, but I still kind of felt like I'd missed out on the growth and development of their bond during that time. Mind you, it didn't stop me from enjoying their romance or this tale. I think it says something about the book when you want even more because you're so into it...
This story highlighted the differences between true love and selfish obsession in an admirable and fascinating way. I was angry about what happened to the heroine at one point, because it was unforgivable on numerous levels. I won't spoil it but wanted to mention that the author did a wonderful job of handling certain events and conveying the power of sacrifice and real love. I'll leave it at that.
It was great to be transported back to a world that I now know, enjoy, and look forward to. It felt like visiting old friends while being given yet another new and fascinating perspective on their lives and marveling at how this story (and all those that came before) dealt with and honored the various interweaving connections. Ms. Blair could tell me a story about any of the characters in this world and she’d capture my imagination and interest because they all matter and have an important part to play. I love that and the way she writes.
Please note that Déjà vu and Gin is the fifth book in the Toil and Trouble series, which means if you haven't read the first four books, you may feel like you're missing some necessary information with this one, and that would be a shame because it's a fun and marvelous journey. Perhaps you could get away with reading this as a standalone, but I'd strongly recommend starting at the beginning of this series with 'Sixpence and Whiskey' as this is a fully realized world with all its rules, blessings, challenges - and so much magic. Both the fairy tale kind and the kind the characters create by virtue of who they are, the ways they interact, and how they love.
*** A copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I adored Ana and Tyr. Honestly wasn't sure how I'd feel about Ana because she's a cold woman. Her emotions are in a deep freeze, but there's a good reason why. I'm not spoiling it for you, read it yourself and you'll know. ;) Tyr, well, the assassin of the realm had me intrigued since the day he appeared in Seph's book, contracted to kill her. Again, read the series and I'll know what I mean. I feel like River Song and her "spoilers!" *laughs* If you don't get that reference, we probably can't be friends.
The chemistry between these two was awesome. There were some moments where I was blushing. Wheew! I didn't stop reading, though. If I could give this book more stars, I would. Now I'll not-so-patiently wait for the next book. It's Carly and Styx! Woot!!
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