Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Early Review: King Tomb (Forever Evermore #3) by Scarlett Dawn

Release Date: October 8, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Goodreads | Website

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the best-selling first Forever Evermore trilogy.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.
When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.
They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

I have to admit I was a teeny bit pissed off when I finished this one. Not that it wasn't excellent, but I missed one little word in the word...and it nearly killed me.
What word?
From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the best-selling first Forever Evermore trilogy.
I thought this was it. The End. Bye-bye. No more. Over with. Adios. Close the door on your way out.
So when a few things didn't get wrapped up to my total satisfaction?
Hulk sad. Hulk SMASH!
'Cause this series is in my top 5 favorites of all time. Yep, right up there with Moning's Fever series, and Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.
So. If this was the end, then I wanted every little thing sorted out.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.  The ending was good.
But there was this BIG thread of the story that still wasn't FIXED.
And the worst part was, I couldn't even stomp around like I wanted to! I mean, how would I explain that to my husband?
See, there's this book about a sexy vampire and a hybrid shifter/vampire. They loved each other, but it had to be all hush-hush, because it's against their laws to mix species. Also, they both happened to be the rulers of their particular species. There was this big war going on with the Coms (that means humans, Hon), and they'd both been mind-wiped as punishment for falling in love. Oh! And they had a baby! But she didn't know who the father was due to the mind-wipe. It all worked out, but I'm just pouting and throwing things, because there was still something that they needed to fix! And it's OVER! It's just OVER!  And... Hey! Are you laughing at me? NO, this isn't like the time I thought Mac had killed Barrons. Seriously? How can you even bring that up right now?! Did you just mumble 'hormones' under your breath? I do not have PMS!
In other words, I had to be mature. Damn it.
But now that I've correctly read the blurb, it appears that there may be more books coming.
If there's a first trilogy, then there must be a second trilogy, right?
*soothing music plays in the background*
Ahhhh. Much better.

Give me a minute here....
K, I'm back. He is hands-down one of the sexiest men in literature today. And for those of you who are just now discovering these books, don't even bother trying to add him into your book-boyfriend harem.
He's MINE! ALL mine!
Don't worry about what happened at the end of the last book, ladies. The author doesn't keep them apart for long, and she doesn't drag out the who-are-you thing for any longer than necessary. I'm not say they get their memories back, I'm just saying...
Well. Read it.
Ezra and Lily sizzle.

Alrighty. The war with the Coms is in full swing, but other than a few scenes, it mostly fades to the background of the story. Everything is mainly about Lily and Ezra trying to figure out...all the stuff they need to figure out.
You know, there's not a lot I can tell you without spoiling the story. And it's a great story. These are books that I will definitely re-read again, and probably again-again. Like I said, these are a favorite.

So why not go whole hog, and give this 5 stars?
It kills me to say this. I mean that, but...
The last 10% of the book was iffy. There was a time-travel thing that wasn't very well explained, and felt almost smooshed in there to...I don't know...include time-travel?
I got nothin'.
I, quite literally, made a WhatTheFuck Face throughout the whole scene. Yeah, it served a purpose, but it just didn't seem all that coherent or well planned. Almost like an afterthought?

I already whined about the untidy thread at the end, but I didn't knock any points off for it.
But there BETTER be more books on the way.

The next thing on my ververyvery short Didn't-Like-It list, was the way Lily seemed to turn into a sadist.
Sorry, but that turned me off.
I absolutely love bad-ass heroines. And if they gotta kill a shit ton of villains to save the day?
That's just fine by me.
But this was something...else.
Lily had been put through the ringer in every sense, so I totally get that she was hardened. But there was a line, and she crossed it several times. Torture for sport? To prove a point? Because it's fun?
Kill who you gotta kill, and move on.
And don't think I'm going easy on you, either, Ezra! Just because I have a shrine built to you in my closet, doesn't mean you get off scott free! I'm ashamed of you, young man!

Moving on.
The last thing I wanna say, isn't so much a complaint, as it is a 'preference'. Jack and Pearl were such a huge part of the first two books, that this one felt bare without them in it. They do show up, eventually, but I wanted more time with them.
However, I will reluctantly concede that since I'm not the author of this book, my 'preference' counts for shit. Then again, I will also not-quite-so reluctantly, reiterate that there better be more books!

Even with those complaints, I still love these characters, love this world, and love this author.
Fans of the previous books will love seeing the chemistry flare back to life between Ezra and Lily, and learning a few shocking secrets about some of the other characters in the series.
I'm satisfied....for now.


Danielle Romero said...

Great review Anne! This one never would hav made it on my radar w/o this!

Anne Hannah said...

Pretty please go start this series! This thing is lit up with 5 star reviews all over the place!

Scarlett Dawn said...

Every time I read your reviews of my work, you make me smile. I *heart* them so hard. :)

And yes, there are more books to this series coming. On March 8th, 2015 Chosen Thief will be out - Caro's story. Yay!

Anne Hannah said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh! I just peed my pants! *fangirl scream*
I'm so excited!

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