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- Print Length: 404 pages
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- Publication Date: April 10, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y45N321
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This is the second book in the series, but, you could read it as a stand alone. The characters connections and stories are explained in brief for what came before. We also get more development on those in the band, because, really, this is the second book, so only one has had the spotlight so far
Brave had a lot to answer for with his actions before now. Trouble is, as much as he changes, everyone still seems to think he is the same guy he was. It isn't easy to stay in his new and improved Brave when no one sees you that way. He needs to stop being what he thinks he should be, and be the him he is comfortable with, and finding that ain't easy. Plus, after years being the old him, slips are bound to happen along the way. If anyone has any doubt they won't be able to forgive Brave, his vulnerability will easily win you over
Shiori was a breath of fresh air in a metal band, a sweet, florally, minty, wind. She has motives for being there, but they aren't sinister. She has a determination that leaves you awestruck at some times, and cringing at others, but rooting for her either way. She is a genuinely nice person, who thinks of others, in everything, at everytime, and has her heart out for all to see. She inspires everyone she meets to be her friend, and she doesn't take it lightly when they take up that mantle
Malakai is still the dark, brooding, incredibly soulful, man he was before. Trouble is, he doesn't just want Shiori under his protection, he wants her period. Also, there is this weird vibe that is trembling between him and Brave. The whole thing throws him off his edge, and protecting everyone leaves him vulnerable and exposed. His defense mechanisms keep kicking in, and that doesn't help anything. In fact, that makes him feel worse. It isn't easy for him, or Brave, as old habits are easy to fall into when overwhelmed in the present
Luckily, these three aren't alone, they are in a band. As dysfunctional as it may be, they all care deeply for each other, and have each others backs. As Brave, Shiori, and Malakai move through their story, they grow. They also learn, growing starts with yourself, and knowing yourself, means reaching out when needed. Yes, there is a lot of emotion in the sexual relationships, but some of the sweetest moments were between aunt and nephew, brother to brother, band mate to band mate, and friend to friend
Now, about the rest of the band, can't wait for more from them!
Backlash focused on Alder, but Diminished was his brother’s book. Brave, the lead singer of Winter’s Wrath, is a complicated man. He is going through a crisis and I loved watching him grow as a brother, as a lover and as a man. Learning more about his backstory changed my feelings about him that I harbored from the first book and made me understand his actions and appreciate the changes he made, for his brother, for Shiori and for Malakai.
Not only Brave, but I enjoyed getting to know all of the guys of Winter’s Wrath and getting a better understanding of what made them tick. I loved the behind the scenes look at the business of the band. I reveled in Brave, Malakai and Shiori, both together and separately, and getting to delve into their relationship. But I just felt as if I was bogged down in layers. Every time one was peeled back, there was another one there. It was like opening a Russian doll, each time thinking I was at the center only to find out there was still more to go. At some point I was overwhelmed at what was packed into the story and the baggage that these people carried around that I was surprised they were able to function as a band.
For all of the times I think stories take the easy way out by making their characters too simplistic, I almost think I would have liked just a little LESS drama in this book!
But overall, this was a complex story that gave us a better understanding of the boys in the band and I loved it for that. Like Bianca Sommerland’s past stories, she gets into the details of the business to the extent that I felt as if I was there, felt as if I lived it. It was deep and engrossing and absolutely dirty, and left me looking forward to the next in the series.
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I am probably one of the few who actually liked Brave coming into this story, for some reason I don't totally get, I just really related to him despite his antics in book one of the series, Backlash.
Brave, Malakai and Shiori's story drew me in even more than the first book; these three together is so right. They each bring a uniqueness to the relationship that works on so many different levels.
Unbeknownst to the band Shiori has other reasons for wanting to join the band and be as successful as Danica whom she will replace when the band goes on tour to Europe.
The connection and camaraderie (both good and bad) felt by all the band members towards each other makes this series a success. Whilst they have issues , no-one will look after them as well as their band mates.;this care and protectiveness also extends to Shiori.
I loved how both Brave and Malaki really struggled to try and allow Shiori the room to succeed with the fans without trying to take over. Diminished sees a different side to the arrogant and surly Brave and I loved how he was with both Malakai and Shiori, physically and emotionally.
Bianca Sommerland peels the layers off these characters one by one, just like an onion. There are so many issues impacting all of the band members, and the depth that was created in these characters was so multi dimensional that I was in awe. This was at times a raw, emotional, gritty and sexy read; I love the direction that Ms. Sommerland has take with Winter's Wrath and I cannot wait for more.
Take a chance on this series, I know you won’t be disappointed.