They can never be together. The notion is laughable. Humans are inferior, a scourge on the Fae and on the magic passed down to them by angels millennia ago. And if Keen finds himself drawn to the tiny human female, he keeps it to himself. He won’t add to the half-breed problem that threatens his people’s existence.
Reese can’t stand Keen. He criticizes her clothing, won’t answer a straight question, and is too handsome for her peace of mind.
Her entire life, people have pegged Reese for a shallow, ditzy blond. She won’t accept the stereotype from the large, arrogant Fae too. But after Keen saves her life, she begins to question what truly lies beneath his stoic demeanor.
Forced together, Keen and Reese fight to survive among enemies, and Keen makes choices Reese couldn’t have predicted. She glimpses a side of him that is protective and dangerously seductive.
But Keen refuses to acknowledge their connection.
Until he's faced with the decision to betray his people, or lose Reese forever.
*This mature YA series is intended for readers 17 years and older.
**Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the series, so it's fun to read them in order.**
Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 9/10
If you didn’t read the first book, you may find a few spoilers from this review, but I will do my best to keep the current book spoiler free. Keen is a Fae. Reece is not. The two can never be together because according to the Fae, humans are inferior. How can he just go against what he has been taught? How could he not, when he finds himself drawn to her? Reece can’t stand Keen. Is it because of how he treats her or does it have to do more with what she doesn’t want to admit?
While it is a part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone. The early history of Keen and Reece is found in the first book which adds depth to their relationship and the Fae's beliefs. The author basically picks up where the first book ended with Reece's kidnapping making up for the first book's cliffhanger. Originally it was implied that Reece being kidnapped was to distract Elena from making the cure to save all Fae, but there is so much more involved. Keen is fated to rescue her, so they are now forced together in an attempt to survive. Will they be able to work together? Will Reece learn to trust this arrogant Fae? Keen does what he needs to do to protect her, well accept acknowledging their connection until he is faced with a decision that could cause him to lose Reece forever. Such a wonderful journey into finding love in the midst of danger. Heightened by the fate of all the Fae's only added to the suspense of this story.
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About Jules Barnard
RITA-nominated author Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “…an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.
When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
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