WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS
Grier finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: Boaz Pritchard. Too bad her dream boyfriend is keeping her up nights, just not in a sweaty or fun way. Boaz has dialed down the Southern charm and stopped returning her calls. His job forces him to keep secrets, but his radio silence is cranking up her suspicions. He’s a shameless flirt, but he’s her shameless flirt…right?
Soon an attack on Woolworth House leaves her with bigger problems than he loves me, he loves me not. Vampires are on the prowl, and they aren’t the only predators circling. A new threat has emerged, one with blood rights to Grier. With enemies closing in on all sides, she must choose her allies, and the decision could make or break her…and her heart.
Warning: This book contains a buttload of zombie parakeet poop. Like grab a poncho and thank me later. Watch out, y’all. It’s about to hit the fan. Hearts will break, and heads will roll. Literally.
I’m giving a spoiler warning for this review because I’m not sure I can get through it without giving away a few very important changes in Grier’s relationships. SO MANY CHANGES. I’m also going to admit that I might have peeked at the end before I started the book which I totally should not have done because OMG. Seriously, OMG. And yes, I know I shouldn’t have read ahead okay. That’ll teach me.
Anyway, if you’re all caught up with the series then you know that Grier is Dame Woolworth and she has taken her bff Amelie into her home after it was revealed Amelie did really bad things in book two. Things that got her basically kicked out of her family. Grier saves her by taking responsibility for her and offering Woolworth House as a secure place to keep her while she’s under house arrest. Linus is still teaching Grier all the necromancer things that she never got the chance to learn and Boaz is off on assignment, but he and Grier are trying out the dating thing. Although he seems distant and doesn’t call or text anymore.
How to Break an Undead Heart has several conflicts that either have been ongoing through the series, or are new to book three. Grier is trying to find information on her father, a member of her mother’s long-lost family shows up out of nowhere, the master vampire who kidnapped her in the first book still wants her in his custody and Linus and Grier are working hard to figure out exactly what kind of powers Grier has. Not to mention Boaz is acting sort of weird and has all but disappeared. That’s a lot to get through and work out in your head.
I’m not going to really get into the first several conflicts other than to say that I’m so intrigued by some of the developments. I would have never guessed at what was revealed about her parentage. I can’t wait to find out what this might mean for her and her necromancer abilities. I really, really want to get to know more about her mother and the relationship she had with Grier’s father.
The very best part of this book is Linus and his character development. This is a character that started out as one-dimensional and who I envisioned in my head as a sort of wimpy, odd, untrustworthy distant relation. BUT NOT NOW. I want to eat Linus up with a spoon and come back for seconds.
“Who did this to you? What made you believe you’re disposable? You’re an heir, a scion, a professor, an artist, a potentate. Those are all positions of power.”
Linus is all of those things and every time I turned a page he got more interesting. He’s respectful of Grier and genuinely wants the best for her. It’s obvious that he has intense feelings for her and has for a long, long time. He doesn’t use cute nicknames or turn on the charm to try and get her attention, he just stands behind her when she needs support and in front of her when she needs protection. He’s smart, and artistic and cool as hell and I absolutely adore that Ms. Edwards allowed his character to flourish.
After peeking at the end and realizing what was about to happen, I kind of went into this book with a feeling of dread. Lots and lots of dread. But when I finished I was so very happy with the direction it seems like this series, and Grier’s love life, is headed. Boaz does something totally shitty and I hope he regrets his actions forevermore. Ugh. So disappointed. (This also may or may not effect the relationship between Grier and Amelie) But, YAY for a real man who has stood silently by and secretly ached for years finally getting the trust and chance he deserves. I am 100% team Linus.
It must be said that I am also adore Wooly and love that she is such an integral part of this series. You can’t get much better than a sentient house that lets her feelings be known in the way of exploding lightbulbs and slamming doors. If Wooly don’t like you, you better work hard to make amends and get back in her good graces.
This series rocks on all levels and every new release just sucks me in deeper. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Final Grade- A
“I had told the truth. I trusted him. I trusted Linus Lawson. That faith in him might damn me, but… He had saved me. He kept saving me.”