Published by Kensington Books on March 31, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.
In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.
But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.
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I really enjoyed The Unleashing. It was my kind of book. There were great paranormal characters, some mythology, hot men and crazy ass tough chicks!
The Crows totally reminded me of Kresley Cole’s Valkries, which are like, my favorite paranormal group of all time. These ladies may come off in the real world as professional, normal women, but when it comes time to do their job there are no holds barred!
The Unleashing has Kera being saved from death by Vig, whose only choice is to have her turned into a Crow. Kera’s lifestyle before her turn has her in no way prepared for the life of the Crows. She is an ex-military where everything is in strict order. She also has a bit of PTSD, so the whole killing thing the Crows do is kind of hard for her to get past.
Kera’s sisters don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to newbies, so she’s kind of pushed out the window (actually I think it was the roof) and expected to learn as she goes. This does not work out well, but luckily Vig, despite being from a different faction, steps in. He gives her the lowdown and history of their existence. She really comes to depend on him.
Ludvig or Vig is know for being the quiet, introvert in the Ravens. His interest and pursuit of Kera surprises his fellow Ravens. He is such a big sweetheart. He’s tough when he needs to be. He also knows that he has to make sure Kera is prepared for her new life. I think he feels responsible. He kept her alive, but he also put her in this situation where she’s so out of place. He is deadly, but oh so sweet at the same time. I found him to be a hard ass with a romantic side. He just melted my heart!
Of course, along with the romance we have the mystery unfolding. I found it was sort of in the background as so much was going on trying to initiate Kera and learn the world. So when the ending neared and everything came together, I was dumbstruck that I missed so much. It was like, holy cow how did we get here. Thinking back I knew I had read the clues, but when all was revealed I was still a little blown away.
I am really excited for The Undoing in March 2016. Vig and Kera’s relationship is bringing the Crows and the Ravens closer. The ending brought even more alliances. It’s going to be great!