White Knight by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #3)

White Knight by Kelly MeadeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: InterMix

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

Checkmate…

Despite a month of peace from hybrid attacks, the constant threat of violence has the loup garou on edge. Knight McQueen’s home feels like a military compound and his people have become battle-weary soldiers. And Knight’s tenuous grip on his own self-control has been further damaged by the disappearance of the only woman whose touch brings him peace.

Held prisoner by her hybrid half-sisters and forced to care for an unknown child, Shay Butler’s quarterly is approaching but a silver-laced collar prevents her from shifting. As her time draws closer, her sanity begins to slip. The opportunity to rescue Shay arrives when Magus enemy Archimedes Atwood requests a parley to discuss ways to end the conflict between their people and stop the rogue hybrids. Alpha Bishop McQueen agrees, bringing his brothers together to form a plan that will bring Shay home to Knight, stop the final two hybrids—and finally bring Archimedes to justice once and for all…

This is the much anticipated conclusion to this dark paranormal romance. I enjoyed the world the author has created of loup communities that are brought to the brink of war as one faction tries to destroy the others. The McQueen brothers are amazing as they fight for the loupes and try to find peace again.

Shay is the daughter an alpha, her mother was a White wolf kidnapped years ago by the Magnus, powerful magic users. The Magnus wanted to start a new race of hybrids who would pit one race against another causing havoc between the wolves and vampires, destroying them all.

When White Knight begins, Shay is being held prisoner by these hybrids, two sisters who happen to be her half sisters, she is desperate to escape but there are many obstacles in her way.

Knight McQueen is a White Wolf, an empathic loup that feels the weight of the world. He is anxious about Shay but knows he can’t leave to find her, he is the center of much of the chaos that surrounds the Run and if he leaves he will disappear into the hands of the hybrids. The danger wraps around this group as they fight to bring their world back from destruction.

I am thoroughly invested in this series, I have enjoyed meeting the families in these communities, laughed and cried as they fight against a group of hybrids that are out of control and ready to destroy all but themselves.

The three books are closely connected and most of the characters are those we met in book one, and there is a continuous story arc throughout and although each book ends with one couple achieving their HEA, the overall threat to the wolves continued. A reader could pick up the last book, as the author does reiterate the story, but the full effect is achieved with reading all three books as each is entertaining in its own right.

Shay is a strong heroine, the proud daughter of an alpha. When we first met her in book one she had experienced a horrific ordeal and Knight was spending time with her. In the second book she in turn helps Knight with an overwhelming test and they bond as no other. Unfortunately in the end she was kidnapped and the Run was in chaos. Knight is desperate to find her but is unable to leave, yet she is resilient and escapes on her own with a little help from some unexpected predators.

Knight has suffered greatly all through the trilogy, he is the pawn in the center of the turmoil and blames himself for the deaths and destruction that has followed them. Yet he is also a strong hero, the son of an alpha who has his brothers to help when he is overwhelmed. As a White wolf his empathic abilities take a toll on him and he is often torn in two because of what he needs and what the community needs.

Shay and Knight spend much of the beginning of the story apart but the bond is strong between them and they know how they feel toward each other. When they are finally reunited there is still a huge threat hanging over their world so there is not much time to work on their relationship.

Secondary characters are key to this story and they appear often throughout, I love the relationship that the three brothers have, they are there for each other through thick and thin, even though they often fight, just like brothers. The pace is non-stop from beginning to end and there are several twists and turns to keep you going. New and old threats pop up and you are not sure who is good and who is evil, very entertaining. I highly recommend the entire series, they are dark paranormal stories with romance thrown in each book but the emphasis is on the overall story arc of good versus evil that continues throughout the series with a satisfactory ending that made me smile.

I give White Knight by Kelly Meade 4 stars!

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