And another really good read,
This review is from: Flesh And Blood: House of Comarré: Book 2 (Kindle Edition)
Flesh And Blood: House of Comarré: Book 2
This is the second book in the Comarre series where we see Chrysabelle start to break the bonds drilled into her psyche over the past 115 years. While the decisions she takes are seen as minor in themselves, the culmination of those changes result in a woman who's decided she's very much the mistress of her own destiny.
Her relationship with Mal also continues to grow and we see more instances where their need for each other can only end up in an explosive capitulation - whether for good or bad is yet to be seen. I totally adore Mal, he's so tortured yet so strong when controlling his inner demons around her. The two of them are the epitome of opposites - him so bitterly dark and her filled with glittering golden light - so delicately intertwined that one could not survive the other.
Bring in Creek, a sexy-as-all-hell Seminole who has been indoctrinated into a sect (Kubai Mata) with the primary goal of protecting humans while wiping out the vampire race, and you have the makings of a very interesting love triangle. Does he balance the light and dark? Can he be trusted even though he seems pivotal to Chrysabelle's development? Strangely enough, they both suit her and each provide something Chrysabelle needs - gonna be interesting to see how this one pans out as Ms Painter hasn't given any indication on who Chrysabelle's main squeeze would be :-) ... but my heart is set on Mal!
With the covenant broken and the veil between humans and othernaturals down, the story is blown wide open - war is inevitable as othernaturals struggle for power, evil sees further opportunity and humans come to grip with a world previously hidden from them.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first but there were few things that I personally found distracting. On the plus side, Ms Painter is introducing so many new threads I am reassured of a long and (hopefully) enduring reading relationship as those threads come together. However, I don't enjoy jumping between different POV continuously - it's ok every now and then but this story got to the point where every few pages you'd switch to another character and/or subplot. The subplots are so involved, and influence the rest of the story so much, there are times it feels as if Ms Painter has actually combined several books into one...
Which brings in Doc and Fi. I love them, their relationship is dark, painful and yet filled with so much hope. The lengths they will go to just to be together - it breaks my heart to see Doc trying so hard, taking so many risks, just to make Fi happy.
Apart from that, the book is very well written, the world building is really good and the concept is original and very interesting. I am so looking forward to starting book 3, Bad Blood, later today.