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A perfect follow up to the first!

First off, to anyone looking for a book that is all sewed up at the end with a bow on top and doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page, one that doesn’t make you both rejoice and scream at a cliffhanger, just go find some dime store romance and leave the rest of us alone. Now, for those of you who are looking for a book that is so immersive in the writing, characters, world-building, and storyline that you forget you’re reading a book, and instead feel like you’ve fallen into the world on the page, come closer and keep on reading.

I know that this trilogy is marked as a bully romance, but I wouldn’t describe it as such. It’s honestly more of a story of deep friendship, a loss of self (on Kaito’s end), and a slow redemption as two young adults—one idealistic (Reina) and one searching for purpose (Kaito), fight on opposite sides for the same outcome. When the world was upside down, they fought heaven and hell just to save each other.

In this second installment, Brittni brings us all back in to the story just a few days after the battle that ended the first book. Her voice shines through in every word, the emotions and action drawing you in deeper like a moth to a flame. And without making it obvious at all, she effortlessly weaves suspense thriller into this urban fantasy, with the ease and delicacy that I find in JD Robb’s ‘In Death’ series, or A.D. Winter’s ‘Ivy Cross and the Monarch of Darkness’.

The war that is to come, the sacrifice of one life for another with the fear and equal hope that the other understands reminds me of Mary Fan’s ‘A Girl Called Firedragon’. The intrigue and duplicity combined with the burning undercurrent of agape love for friends and the deep protective love and loyalty between our stars…This book has it all and it only gets better from here.

A truly breathtaking experience!

There are so many things I could comment on, innumerable focuses I could craft this review around. I could tell you about the richness of the world building, with the structure and equal struggles of society at large. I could tell you about the littlest details that make this book special, that bring you into the minds of Reina and Kaito. I could even lament the poetic flow of Britini’s writing, how it’s almost as though the words are being whispered and sung into your very psyche, to hold you and haunt you long after you’ve completed the book. 

I could even tell you how I only put this book down because I needed to sleep, only to pick it up again at my next opportunity. But in truth, what held me so captivated was the warmth and depth of her characters. Reina and Kaito comes through in such a way that you forget you’re reading. You forget that these people are fictional characters living in a world of one woman’s amazing creation. 

One thing I truly love is how the ending of this book leads you into the beginning of the next. It sets up the conflict and premise for the next installment in the series. I am not a fan of books that wrap themselves up in neat little bows at the end to be read independently of the series at large. I want a series that leads me from one story to the next, that builds upon the past and gives you a tease into the future, and this book does that perfectly. 

This book was, hands down, a perfect 5-star experience. I know that I will read this book again and again. 

If you love Mary Fan, Megan Blackwood, A.D. Winter, or Jessica Feyden, you will love this book!!