(Undead Ever After #1)
Published: January 25th, 2022
Publisher: Indie Published
Length: 198 Pages
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Sink your teeth into this irresistible forbidden romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy about the vampire Warden of Charleston and the new-in-town witch who’s causing him all kinds of trouble…
Willa Farrington’s magic is broken. Shunned by her coven for failing to pass the Summer Solstice Rite, Willa escapes to the one place no witch belongs – Charleston, a city that belongs to vampires. Determined to embrace her new life, Willa opens Cauldron Boil Books, and unexpectedly finds some friends among the vampires…
Until one terrible night, Willa ends up on the wrong side of a pair of fangs. Thankfully, her captor’s plan is ruined when Killian Constantine, the drop-dead gorgeous Warden of Charleston, shows up to save her. But just when Willa thinks she’s safe, Killian, rumored to be the most feared vampire in the city, furiously demands to know why she – a witch – telepathically called him for help.
Intent on finding answers, the two embark on a journey to unravel the mystery behind Willa’s attack and their unusual connection. As they get closer to the truth, the fiery passion between them ignites. But their forbidden romance isn’t making them many friends, and just as Willa starts to think that her entire existence is a lie, deadlier forces come out of the shadows. She will need to believe in her malfunctioning magic, trust bloodthirsty vampires, and cross her fingers that she and Killian make it out together… and that neither end up dead.
This book had a great blurb, great setting, really intriguing main characters but it was rushed. Everything happened at a super speed which hindered character development. The two best friends could have been left out completely and they wouldn’t be missed.
The forbidden element of the romance is brushed aside pretty quickly. I would have preferred there be at least some barriers to Willa and Killian’s romance. When I’m expecting forbidden I expect at least some resistance to the relationship.
Given this is a series I’m wondering where the author can go from here? Will there be new main characters, which I think is the best direction or will she continue on a story that seems to have wrapped up all its loose ends?
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.