Strength by Carrie Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When college student
Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her
rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly
sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone,
screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t
look like he spends his nights alone, period.
Too curious for her
own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman
reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of
course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration,
feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…
Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.
a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions
that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their
crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers.
Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life
in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena
won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and
keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means
risking a whole lot more than her heart.
(Upper YA/New Adult)
It's official. I have a new book boyfriend. I'm officially claiming him in public. I'm in love with Wallace.
This book jumped of the computer screen at me the first time I read the description. I'll admit that I had a few reservations because while I knew it was paranormal, I wasn't sure what kind of paranormal it was. I was expecting werewolves or some other kind of shape shifter but I was pleasantly surprised.
This book held my interest from the first page and I didn't want to put it down. And when I did have to because life intruded on my reading time, I was counting down the interminable minutes until I could go back to Wallace and Rena. I honestly loved every moment of this book. I loved the chemistry between Rena and Wallace.
My least favorite aspect of the book was Cole. When he was first introduced, I was intrigued. Then I came to hate him. I wanted to throw him off a cliff, onto some very sharp rocks below. But he slowly grew on me. I can't say I loved him, but we came to an (uneasy) coexistence.
This is part of a series, but this book has a definite ending. THERE ARE NO CLIFFS. I definitely can't wait to read the next book in the series, and Carrie Butler definitely has a new fan!
*Copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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