Series: Hell's Valley #2
Genre: Western Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2017
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: Promo Stars
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Growing up as an honorary Taggart, Eric Patterson found the family he’d always wanted. Almost. He couldn’t ever manage to see the clan’s youngest and only daughter, stubborn spitfire Shelby, quite like a little sister. Suddenly, his long-suppressed feelings are determined to come to light.*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from PromoStar Services in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.
Too bad Shelby’s cursed. Her double whammy psychic powers to read emotions and locate anyone anywhere have always made relationships impossible—and now they’ve begun to endanger her life. If she uses her echolocation skills again, it just might kill her.
But when a malevolent supernatural force invades the valley, threatening the Taggarts and their neighbors, the Brands, Eric and Shelby must contend with both their blossoming feelings and the increasing danger. Does Shelby dare risk using her powers one more time, sacrificing her own life to save Eric?
The more books that come out in this world, the better the story gets.
The first thing I noticed and really, really loved, is how the plot really does thicken. This means that, although some details become more and more clear, as well as certain questions get answered, the more things become more complex. I love that certain details in this book make me questions events from the previous series, that I honestly didn't really think that much about before, not because they aren't important, but because I never made the connection in my head before now. I thought it was a coincidence, but I see now that it wasn't. I'm talking about a little detail regarding Ruth, one of the main characters from the previous series.
I really enjoyed reading about Shelby and Eric. I love seeing how Shelby's powers grow over the course of the book, and I'm really curious to see if they can get even bigger. She seems ready to use her powers to save others, at times completely ignoring her own health, but I also liked the fact that she realized that some of her power wasn't such a blessing as some people might think. She struggles a bit with the fact that she can sense what other people think, especially about her, but I also like the fact that ultimately she's willing to do whatever it takes for her loved ones, including making herself vulnerable.
Eric was a better hero than I previously thought. I'll be honest and say I didn't like him very much in the previous book, but that's most likely because I didn't understand his reasoning for acting the way he did, especially towards the end. As this story went on though, I found that I liked the fact that he accepts that Shelby sometimes needs to do her own thing, even against his better judgment. I also liked the fact that he got her to open up a lot, especially when it comes to her powers, even if that scared her a lot, and also made her powers grow to some really scary proportions. Speaking of, I wonder if we'll ever find out why they grew the way they did.
I would also like to do a happy dance, because I was somewhat right, and there is more to the Ruth storyline than was previously revealed. I like that things are getting clearer and are being explored. I'm also curious to see where everything is going, if Jerahmeel will come back or if there's another thing, even worse than him, that will make an appearance in future books.
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Jillian David lives near the end of the Earth with her nut of a husband and two bossy cats. To escape the sometimes-stressful world of the rural physician, she writes while on call and in her free time. She enjoys taking realistic settings and adding a twist of “what if.” Running or hiking on local trails often promotes plot development.
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