Isabelle leads a very normal life...for an emotional syphon. If not for Ethan and his bar, she would have lost her sanity long ago. But everything changes with the crash of her fighting cage and a man who transforms into a wolf. There’s something about Carlos—when he’s not growling at her—that makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do, like sigh and daydream.
Attraction aside, she is faced with the very real evidence that werewolves and urbat exist, and the urbat are after her. And the only way she can keep Ethan safe is to join with the werewolves and Carlos. It’s a race against time to stop a war, fight for love, and find the last Judgement.
I was so anxious to get this book. I've been waiting for Isabelle's story since book three because she was introduced at the end of book three, but the author felt like she needed to do Charlene's story as the fourth one-which was also amazing. Still, I was definitely itching for this one...and now I'm itching for the last one.
I'm always so impressed with Melissa's ability to make the reader care so much for each character and their predicament. Every single one of these girls has to battle through their own emotional, internal conflicts in order to come to terms with claiming one of the werewolves, and where most authors might have gone wrong by making that same essential plot point super redundant, Melissa Haag takes each individual character, gives them a seriously unique gift with emotional baggage that directly results from those gifts and then allows the girls to follow their own fulfilling journeys of love, discovery, and essentially acceptance of themselves and the men they are each meant for. It's so incredible and annoyingly addicting in the sense that I want all of the books now. Ahem. Now Melissa, gosh dang it!
Carlos is simply to die for. I loved his interactions with Isabelle and her incredibly snarky and defensive attitude where he is concerned. Her verbal jabs and his stoic personality make for some great tension, moments of hilarity, and some highly entertaining dialogue. I think Melissa always does a great job of remaining true to the characters based on the personalities originally set forth and how they react to every occasion and interact with whoever they come in contact with. At the same time they eventually do things that are contrary to how they would normally behave, but this happens in a way that demonstrates growth, development, and ingenuity, making them fairly complex and multi-dimensional characters in the process rather than causing the reader to feel like these people have severe personality disorders.
And doesn't that just suck when you run into a character you can never get a handle on?
I thought Ethan was an interesting addition to the story and definitely something the author has never done before. There was a really wonderful dynamic between him and Isabelle. He was a character I became overly attached to in a short amount of time. Always a sign of great writing.
As always, the author's voice and writing style were addicting and difficult to let go of. I always know I'm going to get a wonderful product from this author.
This was a great addition to the series, and if you haven't started it from the beginning...what are you waiting for? Seriously! I'm pretty sure the first book in the series, Hope(less) is free on Amazon.
I gave it five cherry blossoms!
Check out my interview with Melissa Haag and my review of her first book in the series here!
Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of a separate six book series. To learn more about her upcoming projects, visit her at:
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