Author: Moira Rogers
Page Count: 280 pages (449 KB Kindle format)
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review
Back Cover Summary
Fourteen months ago, Kat Gabriel’s life changed forever when she used her empathy as a weapon. Now she can’t escape the weight of those deaths–or the loss of the easy friendship she and Andrew once shared. Obsessed with her mother’s violent past, Kat is determined to learn the truth of her inner-darkness by understanding her legacy.
Since the attack that turned him into a wolf, Andrew Callaghan has done everything possible to make himself stronger. More capable of protecting Kat–both from the supernatural world that forced her to kill, and from their own volatile connection. Pushing her away hurt them both, but he’s finally made himself into the protector she needs.
As Kat’s quest leads her into the darkest underbelly of the psychic world, Andrew is determined to be at her side. But every step forward reopens old emotional wounds and shakes their control. For a dangerous alpha and a deadly psychic, distraction could be fatal–especially when the greatest threat they pose is to each other.
Warning: This book contains a dangerous shapeshifter who could kill you with his bare hands, an empathic hacker who could kill you with her mind, a psychic cult determined to kill everyone, a lot of violence, a little bit of hope, and a happily-ever-after seven years in the making.
Yay for Cipher! I had been excited about reading Kat and Andrew's story from when we first meet them earlier in the series, and I was thoroughly satisfied with the way things worked out for them. This was an interesting hybrid of the friends to lovers and second chance romance sub-areas, and I was totally on board for this combination for this particular couple.
We start the story with a little bit of a flashback, so we can see the big event that drove a huge wedge between Kat and Andrew. Until then, Kat was an empath, Andrew was human, and they were playfully flirting and all was right with the world. Then, Andrew is turned to a wolf shifter during an attack that was meant for Kat, and Kat turns their attackers' brains to mush, not in self-defense, but in defense of Andrew. This causes a lot of turmoil for her, because underneath it all she's not a person who embraces violence. This isn't to say that she judges people negatively because violence is a part of their lives, she just doesn't use it as a problem solving method for herself.
She's also terrified that if she could hurt the attacker bad guys inadvertently, she could hurt someone she loves- like Andrew. The funny thing is, Andrew is worried about the same thing, except coming from his newfound strength and instincts that are hard to control. Naturally, these two don't talk about the problem or anything, so we're coming off fourteen months of painful silence and both of them have hurt feelings the other didn't even know were festering under the surface.
I think my favorite part of the book (other than the happily-ever-after, that is) was Kat really making some hard decisions and growing a lot as a person. She's known for resenting the smothering presence of her cousin and the other brooding alphas in her life, which is basically every guy she knows, but at the same time, if she doesn't want other people to bend over backwards to shield and protect her, then she's got to learn to handle her business herself. This doesn't just mean getting a leash on her powers, although that is a big part of it- it means figuring out how she feels about Andrew instead of mooning around and waiting for something to happen. She has to be in charge of her own life, otherwise someone else is going to take over that role by default.
Kat and Andrew figure out pretty quickly that their feelings are returned, and they act on them- sexy times! They have to figure out how they're going to maintain a relationship without actually crushing or brainwashing each other, and that will take time- now if only they can figure out what's going on with Kat's mom's history and how that affects Kat, maybe they will get to enjoy that time.
I definitely recommend starting the series from the beginning and meeting all of the characters in order- the books are quick and enjoyable and you could easily read the entire series to date quickly. This is a good thing, because the next book comes out September 4th! I'll be reviewing it here as well, so stay tuned. :D