With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley
Series: The Three #2
Also in this series: Until The Sun Falls From the Sky, Wild and Free
Published by Self-published on November 30, 2012
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One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand.
Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure.
Intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and has war on his hands. He’s forced to claim his mate and integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening.
As Sonia attempts to adjust, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life making their union unbearably bitter even as Sonia makes it unbelievably sweet.
Had a quick read of this book to refresh this series in my mind before starting Wild and Free. Enjoyed it the second time but kept second guessing where the story was going. I had it confused with another book for a fair while. I found myself stuck on the part that she was 31 but acted immature and a lot younger than that. I probably didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book but that may be because I was in a hurry to get to book 3!
It was slow to start, but once I got a short way into the book, the pace picked up. Callum and Sonia’s story is one of acceptance and understanding, Sonia lost her parents at an early age and was raised by her guardian, who has always cared and protected her. Without her knowing, Sonia’s life was mapped out for her a long time ago by the ancients.
A solitary person, Sonia has few friends, her own shop and lives a simple life; that is until Callum comes into her life.
Sonia recognises Callum as the elusive one she dreams of and soon realises that reality is so different from a dream! He has plans and Sonia is caught up in a medieval world that she struggles to adjust too. Lots of steamy moments and angst as they battle on, both wanting to maintain their sense of self.
Apart from the start, I loved this story and know that I’m keen for the next book.
Lily’s Rating: 4 Stars
I liked this book more than I like Until The Sun Falls From the Sky, but again, this isn’t going to make my KA favorite Top 10 list.
I know a lot of people focused on Sonia in their comments. Yes, Sonia was so caught up in all that was going wrong in her life, like being whisked away from her home, her business, and her family without even being asked, that she focused on what she lost and how she was being treated instead of what Callum was facing. How very selfish of her (NOT!). That’s not to say that her inner dialogue didn’t get on my last nerve. It did– she let one comment, not even one that Callum made, dictate her feelings for freaking ever. That’s just dumb.
As to Callum, he was more likable than Lucien to me, but not by much. I don’t think Callum actively thought Sonia was less than him. In fact, I think he started to develop feelings for her immediately, but he was so unbelievably self-absorbed that it was all about him. Every time he mentioned that her job was to take care of his needs, I was picturing a nice wolf neutering in my head. To me, Lucien and Callum never cottoned on that their soul mates might actually be there for some other reason than standing by their men. You would think these men might actually realize that Leah and Sonia have a purpose other than to bang their brains out at the end of the day. It drove me up a freaking wall.
I’m really hoping that Wild and Free has a heroine that can kick some ass and a hero that lets her be a partner instead of a mindless hole to fill. Right now, this series could be named “The Arm Candy” series, instead of The Three.
Don’t get me wrong. This is a really good book. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I’m sure, even a bad KA book is still a damn good book. It’s just frustrating because I know the magic she is capable of, and although I’m glad I read this book, it’s just not up to the level I crave from one of her books.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars
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