Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.
In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.
But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2015 by Kensington
I’m going to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book...after about 20 - 30% into that is. The first portion of the book had me feeling like I was playing Frogger on an acid trip (Please note that I have played Frogger but never did acid) with all the various POV’s being thrown out there. Now, I typically don’t have an issue with multiple POV’s being used in a book, in fact I tend to like it because it gives me a better understanding of the world and the people, but in this case it was just a bit too much for me. It was just so jarring and erratic that it was hard to keep up with who was who and why they were important because it felt like half of them were done to add to the story at hand, while others were there to set up multiple possible future H/h storylines and ended up throwing off the pacing of the story for me. But I will say that in this respect I connected with Kera and her own exasperation with what she was dealing with.
Kera and Vig. I liked them and when they were actually on page together and thought they got on quite well, but the building of the romantic connection between the two was extremely light and made this book feel more like an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance. I’m not necessarily complaining about this fact because it was nice that there wasn’t a ton of angst as they figured out if they wanted to be with each other or not, but it would have been nice to have a little more of the actual falling in love with each other happening.
As for the rest of the story and characters, after the 30% mark or so, things got less frantic and the acid high Frogger playing feeling lessened, not to say that the multiple POV’s coming at me didn’t end, but they felt more connected to the issue at hand and I ended up really liking the cast of characters that we meet in the book. Jace and Erin are my favorites so far, but Brodie Hawaii definitely stole the show. Overall, I ended up enjoying The Unleashing, and will be looking forward to seeing where this series goes.
~ I received an ARC from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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