Sunday, January 22, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: IT'S YOU (BOOK 2) by KATY REGNERY




Title: It's You
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Format: E-book
Pages: 258
Source: Author via L.Woods PR
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release

  
The second book in New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery’s first duo of paranormal romances! 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER... 
To some, they’re just words signifying a fairytale ending.  For me, Jack Beauloup, they represent an unyielding desire:  Forever with Darcy Turner, the unexpected love of my life. A love that has placed her human life in danger. 

According to Pack Law, my binding is an abomination that must be severed. 
It’s ignited a fiery hatred that I must confront and control. 
But what is bound cannot be broken.  I will keep Darcy safe. 
Even if it means giving up on my dreams. Even if it means giving up my life. 




I am so in awe of this series right now. It took me some time to get my thoughts together in preparation to write this review, I can only hope it adequately explains my feelings about this book.

After that ending in part one, I could not wait to get my hands on book two.  I was eager to see how things would unfold for Darcy and Jack.  In this installment, Darcy’s heart and head are in a battle as she tries to come to terms with her discovery about Jack.  I have to admit that I was frustrated with the way she treated Jack after her discovery. I understood the magnitude of such a discovery and the shock she would feel, but I do not believe Jack deserved such harsh treatment.  It is evident they shared an unbroken bond and he has proven how much he loved her so that should count for something.

In addition to dealing with Darcy’s rejection, Jack also had to contend with the rules of his pack. Rules, that would be broken if he and Darcy are to remain together. How could he convince his pack that Darcy, a human, could possibly be his true mate?  Added to that was his jealous half-sister who was determined to break his bond with Darcy and initiate a re-binding.

The focus of this installment was on the struggles that Jack and Darcy faced in pursuit of their happily ever after.  The story was engrossing and I became thoroughly wrapped up in the lives of the characters as a result. I felt as if I was living Jack and Darcy’s life. This installment evoked a variety of emotions, but the ones that stood out were sorrow and anger. Yes, I felt sorrow for all that Jack was going through. I felt his pain at every page turn.  The thought of him losing the woman he was destined to be with was heartbreaking and it was, for this reason, I silently cursed Darcy for what she was doing to him.  I was angry at the way she wanted to change him so he could fit into her world.  Thankfully, she redeemed herself and proved that she was worthy of Jack’s love. Jack was selfless. He would do anything to keep Darcy safe, even if it meant giving her up. He never wavered in his feelings for her.

I was fascinated with the author’s take on Pack politics. This was different from what I read about in other shifter books. I enjoyed reading about the secondary characters, my favourite being Willow, who was Darcy’s best friend. She proved to be a loyal friend to both Darcy and Jack. My least favourite was Leila, who was Jack’s half –sister. Personally, I believed she got off too easy after all the trouble she stirred up.

This story was a perfect demonstration of unconditional love. How many of us are willing to sacrifice our own happiness for the people we consider important to us?   Jack demonstrated this from start to finish. Darcy was a bit late in the game, but she demonstrated her growth when she decided to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Verdict:

I loved this book, which was an emotionally charged read that had depth and fluidity.   This is the best book I have read by this author and one that I highly recommend. I am hoping that the author would consider giving us Willow’s story next.  




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