Rivers WOWs Again!
Well, Brandy Rivers has done it again. New Beginnings is every bit (if not more) as engaging as In Too Deep, with vivid, unique, and relatable characters. Oh, and sex. Werewolves, psychics, and sex. Oh my!
A pattern I noticed across both of her books, is her gift at opening a story. In both Deep and Beginnings, I found myself instantly pulled into the story, and the characters. Not all writers can do this effectively, but Rivers nails it.
As the hero of the book, Slater is easy to fall in love with. He has a strong moral code, is good to his pack and also to those outside it, and is immensely loyal. He immediately takes to Jess and the connection is instantaneous. Despite both of their reservations, they are drawn further together as they realize that they are meant for each other, no matter what their rules for themselves are.
I sometimes found myself frustrated with Jess for being so emotional, but then I realized my frustration is based on the fact that everyone, including me, has felt like she has at one point. Overwhelmed, afraid, yet trying to be strong and face her situation bravely.
It was nice to see familiar faces from In Too Deep take a more forefront role in Beginnings. Also, characters like Victoria (the "just for sex" friend of Slater; a role that can often be one-note or cliche) really add some fun dimension. In fact, I found myself wanting a book just about Victoria!
Rivers also gives readers a snapshot from In Too Deep (her first novel), and Shadows of the Past (her next novel). She estimates November for the third book, and I can't wait to read it!
Falling Into Place
on Dec. 16, 2013
Rivers shines brightest when she weaves the past and present together. Falling into Place delivers what many books cannot: a glimpse into the full lifetime of love between three people. Love manifests in many ways, and Rivers shows us each of these, while also reinforcing effectively that you don't always have to choose one.
Liz is, hands down, my favorite female lead of the series. She is tough, but flawed, and sensitive enough that many women will relate to her. The two men in her life, Robert and Tremaine, are equally unique, and both right for her, in very different ways. While I know many love the strong alpha males and the no-nonsense tough girls, I always prefer the more flawed, sensitive types. I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite character in this book, though, if I had to, it would be Tremaine.
Without spoiling the book, it is enough to say Rivers takes a very challenging message and sells it in beautiful, convincing spades.
Rivers continues to grow as her series moves forward. Each book is better than the last, and this one is no exception. One of the best reads of 2013.