La Crimson Femme
Review: Storm Echo by Nalini Singh
★★★★★ @NaliniSingh #NetGalley #StormEcho
Finally, the story arc I've been waiting to see progress takes a leap forward. I devoured this story and read it into the wee hours of the night. This story starts out fun with Ivan Mercant going through a crazy Navy SEAL type survivor course put on by shifters. Ivan is a Psy, not a shifter so this is going to be interesting. In one of his "quests" or "test" or whatever it is called that he has to survive, he injures himself and is surprisingly fixed by an unknown shifter. This is always how it seems to go for these poor Psy. They are minding their own business and a random shifter complicates their life. Hah.
Soleil is wild and so different from what Ivan is used to that it makes him wake up. It is almost as if she brings colour into his life for the first time. Their tentative courtship where the two of them don't seem to exactly be on the same page is sweet. Before we know it, these two are suddenly ripped apart. Getting these two back together is brutal. The suffering Soleil goes through is not only a stab into the gut, but she is stabbed in the back. I feel only sorrow and pity for Soleil. Her life has become hell. The only reason she is alive is to bring vengeance and justice against the one who has taken everything from her. Except, that person, I "know" this person. There is no way that the Dark River Alpha would have done what Soleil believes he has done. For those who have read every book in this series and the original, we are in the know. I am wondering and trying to figure out how this will all play out.
Suffice to say, there are tears shed as the story unfolds and pasts are revealed. I am always shocked by the bad childhood many characters live through. I know that in real life, this is all too prevalent and it makes me appreciate my childhood more. I love how Ms. Singh brings Soleil and Ivan together. Ivan's childhood definitely makes me sad too. The familial bonds throughout this story are moving and I love it. I also love how we learn a bit more about how to save the Psy world and who is causing the destruction. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who love second chance romances that travel a twisted road of sorrow and loss before they are found.
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