Grey Bishop by Kelly Meade
Summary : Exasperating. Emotionally Trying. Gripping. Must-Read.
I read this as a stand-alone, something I NEVER do in a series, and I am glad that I did. I loved this book. Really.
Gray Bishop is a tear jerking romance in the wake of devastating tragedy. There is no other way to describe it. It is intense, exasperating, and gripping, it will have you at the edge of your seat with tissue at hand.
Recent attacks on the loup garou are escalating forcing Half-breeds to seek refuge where they are not accepted, at wolf sanctuaries. Problem is, these sanctuaries turn out to be just as dangerous… and it is up to the local Alpha’s to make them safe again.
Jillian Reynolds, the daughter of the Alpha of Springwell, is amongst those sent to contain the attacks. Born a black wolf, she is strong and destined to fill the role as female Alpha of her hometown…once she finds a mate worth of becoming her Alpha, and once she is able to move past the grief she carries.
Bishop McQueen, first born son of the Alpha of Cornerstone, was born a gray. His right to be Alpha will have to be earned in the eyes of those who view grays as second rate. As if that was not burdensome enough, Bishop is overridden with illogical guilt for not being able to keep his brother from harm’s way. Bishop’s anxiety levels take a turn for the worse when his wolf recognizes Jillian’s.
Eliminating the threat proves to be more difficult and devastating than expected, particularly for these two wolves with demons of their own to fight.
Meade is a wonderful storyteller who has a knack for wreaking emotional responses. This book is as much a love story as it is a thriller. The premise is refreshing with deviances in pack structures, werewolf dynamics, and vampires that add an interesting take on the paranormal. These variances play an enormous role in plot development, which is at a steady, deadly pace. There is a sense that nothing happens; yet everything does. Plot progression creeps along with action packed moments here and there. I thought this would be a problem at first, however I found myself enjoying the characters that I didn’t mind at all that it seemed character driven a majority of the time. There were times where I was lost and needed more details, but this may have been avoided had I read book one.
Misfortune, death, and angst run high throughout the entire novel, it’s a wonder these wolves find time to fall in love, but they do and it works. Mead’s characters are made of substance. They are raw, emotional, imperfect beings that find their way deep into your heart. I found myself distressed with each turn of the page, eager to know what came next for each of them, even the secondary characters. It’s also nice to see how the characters evolve and in turn affect the pack as a whole. I can’t wait to learn more about everyone. I will be tracking back to revel in book 1 while await the last in the trilogy.
If you are in the market for an adult paranormal romance with a kick, and are not squeamish about violence, this book is for you.
** I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **