Vampires Ian and Veritas continue their quest to slay an evil demon, encountering friends and enemies who help and hinder them, while Ian encourages Veritas to embrace her shadow self, elements of which she’s convinced will make him despise her.
When last we met Ian and Veritas (Shades of Wicked, 2018), she was convinced he wouldn’t remember her after she called on some dark powers to save him from death and he’d lost his memory. Traveling across the globe to fulfill obligations from the event, she’s stunned when Ian not only remembers her, but demands they publicly avow their marriage. Determined to save him from himself, she’s stymied when he refuses to let her face danger—including a demon determined to kill her—on her own. Together again, the couple seeks out ways to thwart the demon and kill him, and on their way, they are well-served by friends who love them, unexpected allies, and some magical artifacts that could be the unexpected weapons they need to accomplish the hunt. As intense as Ian claims his feelings are for her, Veritas fears that once he knows her darkest secrets, he’ll shun her. Ian, however, has an inkling of what those secrets are, and he argues that she’s perfect the way she is—but she needs to embrace her whole self before she’ll be truly happy. Frost’s second Night Rebel title is a fierce and satisfying sequel, brilliantly fleshing out two vibrant characters in ways that feature their surface power and irreverent attitudes but also spotlight the internal courage and nobility which make them perfect for each other. The hurtling plot and outstanding worldbuilding frame a poignant, character-driven romance that explores unconditional love and self-acceptance. The book stands alone, but reading the first title is recommended.
A breathtaking paranormal romance.