Ah, Hawke and Sienna’s book… It has been the most anticipated release of the series for me. All that tension between them and the curiosity of how they would end up together (with him already having had a mate) has made for a very long wait. While this book didn’t exactly rock my world the way I thought it would, it is still definitely worth the wait.
I really enjoyed Sienna in this book. She got tired of the games and she took a stand. She didn’t make unreasonable demands of Hawke, but she let him know that she wouldn’t accept the hot and cold attitude anymore. He either wanted to give them a shot or he needed to back off and stop giving people the impression that she was his territory. I really appreciated that because I want the characters I care about to have enough self respect to value themselves and not look foolish by hanging on after they are ignored time and again. Besides, it was fun to see Hawke’s wolf side come out whenever she confronted him with the fact she wasn’t his.
Speaking of Hawke, he seemed different from his previous self, but one of my favorite things about the new him was his playfulness. I loved that his wolf took control so frequently and that he wanted to play with Sienna so much. His excitement over chasing her while she tried to trap him was adorable. One of my favorite moments between them was when he still didn’t think they could be together, but they slow danced in the dark when they were all alone, anyway. It was so sad and romantic to watch them cling to the only moment they might have together.
I really liked the way Sienna handled the previous mate thing. I would have been very upset if Sienna had been portrayed as angry and upset about that situation. I wouldn’t have minded her being sad and a little upset that she wouldn’t have the same connection with him, but I would have found her incredibly small and mean-spirited to try to insert her drama into his happy memory. I found the end resolution a little too convenient, but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I was also happy that we finally got to hear what really happened to Hawke’s parents and to his mate.
I loved that we got to see more page time with Sascha and Lucas. They have continued to draw my attention from the first book, so it was great to get more development with them. We also get more details on the state of the Psy Council and even get some face time with Nikita and Anthony. I was very pleased with what we learned about Nikita and am looking forward to more tidbits about that in the future. We also get more details about the Ghost and I’m still dying for confirmation of who he is. Soon, maybe?
I was surprised to find that there was a secondary romance in this book as well, but I loved getting a further look into Walker and into the Laurens family background before they defected. Who knew that Walker could be so compelling? He’s always been the quiet rock of the family who seems to stick to the background. It was great to see him finally step forward and shine.
While I did like most of the book—as mentioned—I found myself disappointed with Sienna and Hawke. If this had been a book just about them I probably would have rated it lower, but there was quite a bit going on and the large focus on other plot threads brought my enjoyment up.
One of my biggest let downs of the book was how the past tension that Sienna and Hawke dealt with seemed to disappear and be replaced with other issues. In the past Sienna struggled with controlling her powers while in close contact with Hawke. She even contemplated returning to Silence if she couldn’t find a solution. But that was a non-issue in this book. She has control and the only worry she has about her power is what it’ll do to her in the long run. I found this quite disappointing. I guess it’s easier to set up a romance if you fix Sienna’s power control problem between books… It would have been nice if this issue had been dealt with in the book, though. I thought it had been built up in all the past books for a reason.
Also, in the past Hawke had been charming and playful with Sascha, but he had some real issues going on under the surface. He has issues with the Psy and he was still carrying around a lot of anger and hate. He seemed colder and harder in the past books whereas he was almost as laid back as Drew in this one. Excluding his alpha dominance tendencies, of course. I found myself confused by their different issues and personalities.
Other than that I also got irritated with the constant interrupted sex scenes. At first I didn’t mind—although I was a little crushed that the first hot scene got interrupted—but then it started to happen again and again and it felt like things were needlessly drawn out and that the scenes started to become repeats of each other. Speaking of that, although I did believe their romance and I did enjoy them together I found that too much of their growth revolved around sex. I just felt like there was way more of that then there had been in any of the previous books.
One other thing that bugged me was that Sienna came to the pack when she was a teenager and became friends with other Changelings. I had a hard time believing that she would be so naive and retiring about sex. The other Psy I could understand, they had been stuck in the Net where it wasn’t done, but even virgin-Judd knew about it. Sienna just seemed too innocent about it all to be believable. I guess I just wanted more of an equal relationship in the bedroom instead of Sienna just taking whatever her gave her.
I’m not disputing that he was good at sex–or that it wasn’t hot (especially the biting ;P)–but it almost seemed at times that it was being done to her instead of with her. I know that one argument from other people disputing this irritation will be that it was because she was a virgin. But that only flies for me in a historical where that info wasn’t prevalent for girls in day to day life. The Changelings are not shy about sex and I doubt Sienna would be different than many other teenagers of today who are very knowledgeable about it even if they haven’t felt the sensations themselves.
While I didn’t enjoy Hawke and Sienna’s relationship as much as I thought I would, there were still a lot of things to love about this book. If you’re a fan of this series you’ll definitely want to pick this one up as soon as possible. And if you haven’t read these and you’re not a fan yet…well, why haven’t you started? 😛
And he was focused on her to the exclusion of all else.
She wet dry lips, saw his eyes follow the movement. “Stop it.”
A faint smile that made every tiny hair on her body rise in quivering attention. “How fast can you run?” A wolf’s question.
“I’m not running from you.” She held her ground.
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