Black Rook by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #3)

Black Rook by Kelly MeadeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Penguin InterMix

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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.

Black Rook is a new trilogy featuring wolves, packs, magic and vampires all the elements to make a great paranormal romance. The world building and character creation are amazing and I look forward to reading more of this series.

Brynn Atwood is a second daughter of a powerful Prime Magus. A disappointment to all her people, she has visions but they are uncontrolled and her father Archimedes Atwood, a powerful practitioner of elemental magic, does not trust her seer ability. Her most recent vision has her traveling to the town of Cornerstone, a community, or Run of loup garou.

Rook McQueen is the third son of Thomas McQueen the Alpha of the Run, he is hard on Rook because of his status in the Run, Rook is a Black wolf, usually a future Alpha but since he is the third born he will have to work harder than others. His two brothers also have important roles within the Run, Bishop a Gray wolf and first born is also Alpha material and Knight, a White wolf keeps harmony in the Run.

Bishop realizes right away that Brynn is not your ordinary visitor to Cornerstone, she seems to be looking for someone and she does not have the usually human smell. When they question Brynn they come to a startling realization that there is something very different about her. When a massacre happens at a neighboring Run, things spiral out of control, there are unknown hybred species attacking with threats to other Runs including Cornerstone and specifically pointed at the brothers, and Brynn seems to be the center to all that is happening.

I have enjoyed several other series from this author so when I found this book was up for review I jumped at it. Her characters are always interesting and the plot and premises’ are usually heart thumping as we go on a roller coaster ride until the end.

I like Brynn she is intelligent and strong with a vulnerable side to her. I did not realize how strong she is at first because her confidence has been beaten down so much during her life, she was always told she was the inferior daughter and would never amount to anything, basically a disappointment to her race, so when she steps up on several occasions to match wits with others I was happily surprised. She can hold her with anyone and I like her personality yet she still seems to be a bit timid around the Alpha of Cornerstone and does not question when he makes her stay in town.

Rook is a Black wolf, true Alpha material yet born as the third son, you can see traces of both his heritage and his birth order in his personality. He is a true protector yet is willing to step aside and let his brother be the Alpha someday. He also struggles with some confidence as he wants his father to believe in him but is annoyed when his father questions him or second guesses him. However his father is just trying to figure out who will become the next Alpha.

The world building is intriguing and I like that each species knows about each other, some tolerate those in existence while others do not and the conflicts will continue to grow. I like Brynn and Rook together, there is an attraction right away but so much is going on that the continued danger keeps their attraction on hold until close to the end. The secondary characters all play pivotal roles and there were several that stood out, such as Thomas (Alpha) the two brothers who will get their own books, Bishop and Knight and several of those that live both in Cornerstone or other Runs, I really enjoy how Ms. Meade portrays the interconnection between all the species, and she creates some truly evil characters. This is the first in a trilogy and while the main plot is concluded in this book there is an overall story arc that continues into the next books.

The plot progression is fast and furious as there is a lot of action and it kept me turning the pages as I wanted to know how all the pieces and parts fit together; there are several surprises with enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled. Overall I really enjoyed this book, love the premise and the promise of spending more time in this world of wolves.

I give Black Rook by Kelly Meade 4 stars!

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