Release Date: July 15, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Recommended By: Rabid Reads
Genre: Paranormal Romance
She never saw this coming…
Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.
Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.
No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.
Carmel of Rabid Reads sort of recommended BLACK ROOK by Kelly Meade to me so I know I'm in good hands especially as Cornerstone Run Trilogy is a werewolf series. I'm not sure how deep the plot goes series-wise but as far as BLACK ROOK is concerned, it's packed with action, magic, and mayhem. I love the Cornerstone pack, their werewolf hierarchy and mythology and I will read the next one for sure.
- First off, I want to personally answer Carmel: Yes beech, I'm slacking! Hence the bulleted review. You should read her feedback for BLACK ROOK at Rabid Reads, I implore you to do so because mine is very condensed and hers has more meat... because I'm slacking!
- I love the wolf hierarchy, you have white wolves, black wolves, and grey wolves, and each wolf color determines your position in the pack, each is determinant of a unique ability. For example, black wolves means you're the dominant and can be pack Alpha; white means you can breed with other otherworldly creatures and can calm other wolves; gray is just a level or two up from being chopped liver.
- I love the names of the brothers, it's very rock 'n roll: Rook, Bishop and Knight McQueen.
- Didn't really connect with Brynn Atwood and her romance with Rook. It can be slow burning because it happened towards the last third of the book but as BLACK ROOK's events covers a 3-day period so it's kinda insta-love-ish but as these are wolves, it's expected that there will be insta-mating. Although "insta" is a peeve of mine, it's part and parcel of a werewolf story. Their beasts just knows their mate and between you and I, I'm envious of that. If only it were that easy in real life, right?
- The hook in the blurb about Brynn's vision and Rook possibly killing her dad was revealed almost immediately. I hoped KMeade made the characters work for it more.
- Brynn is also the lone Magi amongst a pack of werewolves. Her father is a high-level Magus and despite the twists and turns in the story, I wonder why her father or their congress didn't send even a small contingent to "rescue" Brynn or exploit her connection to the pack.
- I disliked Brynn's father. I can't sympathize with him regardless of his reasons why he kept a lot of secrets from Brynn.
- I loved the real conflict of BLACK ROOK, it has a dash of mad science to and who doesn't love crazy conspiracies? Although I wish these Magus and the congress were made to be more threatening. They're after werewolves but it felt like the killing spree was more of a rogue mission than a sanctioned one.
- The secondary characters, especially Rook's brothers, were well fleshed out too. In fact, BLACK ROOK doesn't feel like it's just Rook's story except for this being his HEA. Knight and Bishop played important roles here and were carefully and thoroughly introduced to us by KMeade. I look forward to reading their respective books in the future.
- BLACK ROOK gave me old-school PNR feels. I missed reading old-school PNR.