What could be better than getting a first person POV story from one of your favorite heroes?
This novella in Amanda Bonilla's Shaede Assassin series gives us a closer look at Tyler than we have ever seen before. It's set immediately after the events of Blood Before Sunrise. (So new readers, be aware this is not a story for you. Go back and read Shaedes of Gray. Now.) Ty is really hurting over what Darian did to him in the last book. And through his narrative, we feel it too. He's struggling over his anger and feelings of betrayal, all the while, still loving her fiercely.
In the meantime, Levi the bartender has gotten himself in a mess of trouble, and it's life or death. So Ty needs to put all that delicious angst on the backburner, while he helps Levi out of a jam. It's a pretty interesting and fast moving plot. But honestly, it's not why anyone is going to be reading the story. We're reading it for that insight into Tyler, and we get it in spades.
Perhaps the best parts of the story for me, are flashbacks of Ty and Darian. First and foremost are his memories of how they met and how he bound himself to her. Great scenes, that both explained a lot and opened up a couple of new doors. And then, we've got an awesome love scene from the time Ty and Darian were happy together. In BBS, I wished for more opportunities to see them this way: happy, sexy, and in love. And it's even better with Tyler's thoughts and feelings front and center.
If all of that isn't enough to reel you in (what's wrong with you?) --then let me give you one more little tidbit. The ending goes a long way to explain Ty's behavior in the upcoming Crave the Darkness. Yes, you could read the next novel and still understand what's going on, but this will you some perspective to help understand some things which are a little hard to stomach.
They say it's always darkest before the dawn. Read this one and bask in the memories! Tyler + Darian = 4eva!!
Rating: B+*ARC provided by author for review