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Gray Bishop (A Cornerstone Run Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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While Black Rook focused a lot on the hybrids and their destruction, Gray Bishop deals more with the run and its troubles than anything else. Yes, the storyline on the triplets continues and they still wreak havoc but this book is mostly based on the after affects of the triplets attacks, especially those to Jillian’s hometown and that run merging with Cornerstone. Not to mention, the triplets are killing so many more loups, some of which are wolves that I, as a reader, adored from the beginning. It’s sad and made me want to cry but it needed to happen. Not only because it causes everyone to reassess their positions and their situation but also because it makes everyone stronger in the end because the individuals that die, don’t die in vain… if that makes any sense. What I mean is, by the end of the book, everyone grows stronger and even those who started to unravel at the end of Black Rook become more determined and focused.
This book is sort of crazy because there’s just so much that happens within the run that there’s truly no area of this world that is unaffected. As for the characters, I loved being able to see more of Jillian and Bishop. Personally, it was great to finally get inside Bishop’s head and realize that while he may be calm and collected on the outside, he actually harbors a ton of guilt on the inside for everything that’s happened to Knight, as well as, his mom. It’s extremely sad because none of it was his fault but that doesn’t stop him from feeling like a bad big brother. Jillian holds a different sort of pain, one caused by mourning her dead husband and child. She’s strong and stubborn, though, and both those traits allow her to stand up to Bishop and hold her own. They’re both emotionally damaged in their own way but they were able to heal each other and support one another, mentally and physically. I loved them as a couple and am so glad that Bishop got his own HEA!
My only issue with this one is I thought that Bishop and Jillian’s “I love you’s” were a little… sudden. I mean, they really don’t know each other and I feel like their “love” is more like either lust or totally based off their wolves’ emotions since Jillian and Bishop didn’t have a real conversation outside of the hybrid issue and grieving they both went through. Still, it wasn’t a HUGE issue but I couldn’t help but notice that, unlike Rook and Brynn, they didn’t really get to know each other.
In the end, this was a fabulous sequel to Black Rook. While it continues the storyline of the hybrids, it’s mainly about the internal conflicts within the run and its dynamics. I loved getting to see it but also meeting new wolves and getting to know Bishop and Jillian a little better. Knight’s book is next and I just CANNOT WAIT for it! It’s going to be EPIC, I can feel it!
Initially Jillian & Bishop’s relationship was very à la Romeo and Juliet in that they are soon-to-be Alphas of their respective runs, and can never be more than bed buddies on account of their family responsibilities. Death is the only way they can be together, although in this case it’s not theirs, but rather someone(s) else’s which means that their love comes at a very high price. I guessed the key to their mating pretty early on, however because of the means and the genre under which is series is shelved, I assumed that the author would find another way, so when my speculations proved true I couldn’t avoid shedding a few tears. Meade is one cold hearted writer—I even told her so on Twitter, and she replied with an ominous cackle. There is an upside to forbidden love though, when the protagonists do get it on, they make it count which means that those two sex scenes I mentioned earlier are real scorchers!
I wish that Bishop had played a larger role in his own story; I found that his character was somewhat overshadowed by his brother, Knight. I get that the author was setting up for the next book, and that he’s key to this trilogy’s main plot arc, however at certain points I did find myself forgetting that GRAY BISHOP was supposed to be about the eldest McQueen sibling. That complaint aside, I did like the gray wolf, he’s a true Alpha in every sense of the word, and his actions reflected that every step of the way. Jillian’s backstory is tragic, and her present circumstances weren’t much better, but she too proved worthy of her status within the pack hierarchy on multiple occasions, and I absolutely loved Reynolds and Bishop as a power couple. The previous installment featured a werewolf / Magi matching, so I was thrilled that a true loup garou pairing happened this time around.
I liked how certain aspects of this story were linked to the McQueens’ mother, and I enjoyed the brothers’ interactions with Colin Corman even though I can’t really say more than that because—spoiler! The half-breed triplets were once again wrecking havoc on the quaint town of Cornerstone, and this time around they have feral wolves in toe. Shay finally came out of her shell, but her happiness was short-lived by virtue of Meade being EVIL. We also get 100% confirmation about what happened to Knight in the previous book, and although that particular subject still makes me horribly uncomfortable, it was lessened by the fact that he’s a male. Hmm… double-standard much? The final chapters end on a high note with several weddings, only to immediately come crashing down on readers’ heads afterward because, again, Meade = EVIL.
GRAY BISHOP gave me the worst case of feels I’ve had in a long time, but I fully expect myself to cheer out loud when the villains get what’s coming to them in WHITE KNIGHT. Watch out girls, the McQueens are coming for YOU!
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Gray Bishop follows Black Rook in the Cornerstone Run Trilogy and I found it to be a much more enjoyable book...Read more