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Title: House of Imperial (Secret Keepers, #2)My Review:
Author: Jaymin Eve
Series: Secret Keepers #2
Published by: Indie
Release Date: July 1, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Reading Challenges: CC's Goodreads Reading Challenge
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Callie has spent her life moving towns every four months in a bid to “stay off the grid." Her only family is a paranoid mother who believes there’s a race of supernatural beings out there actively searching for Callie. A race who could destroy Earth if they get their hands on her. Callie’s never seen one thing to suggest there’s any truth to mom’s insane ramblings, and at the age of eighteen now, she’s grown numb to her reality – she’s never going to have a normal life.
That is, until they move to New Orleans. The moment Callie steps foot into the Quarter, hears the jazz music, feels the soul of the city, the cold shell she’s built to protect herself starts to thaw.
Then they come for her.
Turns out her mom’s stories are quite real, and whatever happens, Callie’s empty world will never be the same again.
There was no denying the four overlord best friends were total heartbreakers, but I preferred the one my soul was tied to. The darkness he carried didn’t bother me – it matched my own. The rugged beauty he wore so effortlessly had my body craving him. And more importantly, his care and consideration toward me … from pretty much the first moment we met … was why I considered myself truly blessed.
While this story line was the same as the first book (girl from earth and shifter from alien world meet and fall in love while also saving both worlds from evil doers) , the characters were portrayed waaay differently.
Daniel was…. well, he felt like he held back emotionally a lot in this book. Think strong silent type. And I didn’t feel he was like that in the first one, so that was a bit weird for me to adjust to. As I read on I realized why he was that way. As the keeper of the dead he lost everyone he ever loved eventually which makes for a lonely existence I suppose. Plus he is constantly dealing with death and judgement. That takes a toll on anyone I’m sure. Of course there is another reason why he seems so meloncholy and withdrawn but I don’t want to spoil it, suffice it to say, I get it.
Callie was quite honestly, typical. She didn’t really stand out. Yeah she was a strong lead and a sassy badass when it came to fighting but I didn’t find her to be especially….well special. I didn’t see how they complimented each other. Except maybe she knew what it was like to not have anyone close. However, they handled their situations way differently and I didn’t believe they had any real chemistry.
The real winner in this book was the big bad. OMG, he was such an evil genius! I loved how unredeemable he was. He went in whole hog and was constantly adjusting to them thwarting his plans. He had back up plans for his back up plans. He believed he was in the right, making a him a very formidable adversary indeed.
Now it might sound like I shouldn’t have given this a 4 star based on the review, but you don’t get how much I enjoyed the big bad. He is the one who made this story.