Gray Bishop, Kelly Meade
Genre: paranormal romance.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I hadn’t realised this was the second book in a trilogy. I found myself thinking it seemed as if a prior level of knowledge about the characters was assumed and then on checking found I’d missed book one…my error. I’m human, it happens. I’d seen the description and it sounded good so I didn’t check further. Anyway I went back and read the amazon sample of book one and synopsis, and a few reviews to get a feel of the background then came back to Grey Bishop.
I had a couple of troublesome concepts to cope with . First -the whole Black, Grey, White separation of werewolves seemed a bit odd to me, it seems like an attempt to add something new into an existing genre but TBH for me it was an unnecessary layer of separation. Its a small population already and with human/other supernatural pairings frowned upon I couldn’t see why add another bar to couples. Then the hybrid sisters killing so many werewolves, four of them and they killed hundreds? In one go it seems at times…I couldn’t see that, however fast and strong their vampire side made them. It was just too much to be realistic and even in fantasy I need realism, the idea that if the scene was real it could actually happen and four creatures taking out hundreds of trained, ultra strong werewolves – nope, doesn’t work for me.
The romance side though… that worked. I liked Gillian and understood her grief, and her attraction to Bishop. Her husband was a good man, and she’d loved him, grieved deeply when he died but he wasn’t her Mate. Bishop feels as if he is, right from their first meeting they’ve felt a pull towards each other that’s hard to ignore. How sad then that the colour issue is one of the bars against them… He was a strong potential leader too – very much aware of his duty to his family and the Pack as a whole, and I really felt for him when he thought he’d let his brothers down. Both times there really wasn’t anything more he could do, and yet he still felt responsible for their grief and pain. The battles are fierce and bloody, and the pain suffered by those left felt very real. I liked that the McQueen pack welcomed half breeds, unlike others that cast them out. They needed the strength that new blood brings, even if it isn’t pure werewolf. I did have trouble with how they kept everything away from human eyes, somehow I couldn’t see for instance, just the auction house providing work and finance for everyone, and yet their interaction with humans was minimal so how could they work with them? If they died how would the pack explain it? I couldn’t quite see how that married up with modern technology that keeps track of everyone – they needed some way surely to explain how hundreds of them had died? It was a gap that kept coming back for me through the novel, how did a whole village ( several whole villages ) hide from humans? Might have been possible a couple of hundred years back, but with technology and travel today it wouldn’t work. I needed some answers, even if it was just some kind of witch spell that kept them hidden.
The story as a whole was a mixed bag for me. I liked the premise and it could have been a 4-5 star read for me if not for those niggling questions that make it feel so unreal.
Stars: Three, lots of potential, lots of action and good plots but too many unanswered questions for a higher rate from me.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.