Joint Review: Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker

Blurb:

Myrsina knows the stories. As one of the oldest of the Grimm, she had a hand in writing most of them, but only she knows the dark origin of the Seven Bloody Sisters. It springs from the place of her birth—and her death. A place of pain and misery to which she plans to never return. Unless forced.

When Luc appears on her doorstep, her heart twists with suppressed longing for the man who can never be hers. The only man who can make her do the impossible—go home.

Luc may be blind, but through their unique, bittersweet connection, even he can see that the task laid before them is ripping Sina’s soul apart. This time it isn’t as simple as fighting a demon that has escaped from the netherplains.

Sina must go back in time—to that cursed ground—and right a wrong that she unknowingly brought about. To write a new ending to a story that may give them both a chance at happily ever after. Assuming they survive.

Product Warnings

This book contains a not-so-fairy-tale prince, a Snow White who was never very innocent, a lot of bloody fights, some ghosts, and a new sort of angel…

Blind Destiny Shiloh WalkerJen:  Blind Destiny is the seventh book in the Grimm series and I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to follow what was going on.  Thankfully, I didn’t have that problem.  There were only a couple other characters in the book and I didn’t need a back story on them to follow.  Did you feel that same way?

Angela:   I did! I’m usually a little leery of starting in the middle of a series, but I didn’t seem to have an issue here. The only problem I had was the jumping back and forth between first and third person POV. That threw me a little. I liked the concept of taking Grimm fairy tales and retelling them to fit in with this demon fighting, paranormal world. Especially since they are told with a bit of angst and a lot of sexy thrown in.

Jen:  I agree with the POV changes.  Maybe if it had all been in third person it wouldn’t have been as hard?

While I wasn’t lost per se, I do think I would like to go back and read more about Myrsina.  She is a very interesting character.  She is one of the oldest and most powerful Grimm and we know that she has been in love with Luc for a long time.  I would like to find out how and when they first met.  She was Luc’s trainer when he was first turned Grimm but that first encounter is always a big one for me.  I missed that here.

Angela:  I do think I’d like to go back and read the rest of the series.  Even though it was easy to jump into the story, and I think this can totally be read as a stand-alone, I am interested in finding out more of the back story of this relationship and their own personal stories. Especially Luc. I believe book four or five is his ex-wife, Perci’s, story. I would like to know what happened in his past that caused him to feel the way he did about being alone and why Sina kept comparing herself to his “princess”.  But their sexy scenes were hot and I liked the chemistry between them as a couple.

Jen:  The story was set up really well.  We saw a lot of conflict with the town being in trouble but didn’t really get to know who the bad guy was until the very end.  I like that the book kept me guessing in that area.  The final battle was almost comical to me.  Crow, was he good or bad?, and Luc picked at each other.  Luc gets angry at Crow for belittling Sina and calls him an asshat.  That made me laugh.  Then when Will arrives to stop the fight Will and Crow get into it.

“She is gone, “ Crow said quietly. “Now…”

He turned and slanted a look at the other man.

“Don’t,” Will warned.

Crow opened his mouth, then stopped, thinking a moment.  There was something wanted to say- oh, yes.  There is was.  “Fuck you, Will.”

Did you get the sense that even with a serious conflict happening that there was supposed to be humor there?  I liked it considering we were facing a trapped ghost/soul that had been terrorizing the area for so long- the humor was appreciated.

Angela:  I think this might be a set-up for a future book….? Maybe to introduce Crow?  Since Crow and Will obviously have some kind of past, hence Crow calling Will a traitor, I’m thinking this may play into a future story in the series.  I did think that the humor was nice, I wasn’t expecting it since the rest of the book was so dark and serious.

Jen:  Even though I just started this series I have to say that some of the remaining unmated characters really intrigue me.  I will be very interested to see who Will (he reminds me of Acheron) is paired up with.  Maybe this Mandy person who nags him about his clothes?  And then Crow looks like he will be with Natasha?  From what I could gather both Crow and Natasha were introduced in this book. I hope we don’t have to wait too long to get their story.

Angela:  I enjoyed Blind Destiny! Enough to go back and look into reading the first part of the series that I missed. I want to know more about Perci, and Will. This was a fast, sexy read for me. I look forward finding out who Will ends up with and if Crow will get his own story. Maybe seeing how Luc and Sina are doing.

Jen:  I enjoyed the book too.  I have been wanting to read one of Ms. Walker’s books for a while now and this was a good start.  It was definitely sexy and had great characters.

Jen’s Favorite Quote:

“Are you under the impression you have me back in training, Sina?” he asked, taking a step toward her.  They were close now, close enough that he could feel her body heat and he could so easily reach out and pull her against him.  Taste her the way he wanted to, the way he needed to….

No.  Just no.  Get your head out of your pants.

Angela’s Favorite Quote:

“I’ve needed sex over the years,” he whispered and the sound of his voice was a caress along my flesh, one that pebbled my nipples, reached inside me and stroked me in a way that didn’t seem possible. “I’ve needed it, missed it, craved it. But I haven’t needed a woman  … until you. I could spend myself with my fist and it worked well enough, But you…. in the the past few days, you’ve already managed to drive me insane. Just the smell of your skin, the sound of your voice is enough to make me feel like a ravaging beast. I want to push you up against the nearest flat surface and fuck you so deep and hard, and then I want to do it again and again. For hours. Days. Weeks.”

Oh.

Oh, my.

 

Jen’s Final Grade: B
Angela’s Final Grade: B
Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker
October 16th 2012 by Samhain
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