Love at The End of Days
Summary : Intriguing. Imaginative. Shocking. Fantastic Follow up.
I was so excited to get started with this book. I wanted needed more… and it really should not have come as a surprise that there was a change of POVs, but it did, and it wrecked me. My love for the characters introduced in the first novel resulted in me holding a grudge against the protagonists in this one. It took me a few chapters to be able to really enjoy this novel for what it was and to grow to appreciate it on its own accord.
With that said…
Love at The End of Days is a perfect sequel. It holds it own in originality and adds significantly to the storyline of the trilogy that it leaves your yearning for the final installment. Shanley continues right where the epilogue drops off with narratives much like the first: witty, humorous, and detailed enough to paint a picture without being overly redundant. I did feel that there were places where the characters intents or feelings were explicit when they need not be perhaps this was for the benefit of those who did not read the first novel.
Vanessa Summers is a feisty young adult struggling to find herself in a Dead ridden world. Desperate to escape the return of the man who left her with unrequited love, to overcome the nightmares from a Dead attack, and to tend to her wounded ego without interference of those that caused her hurt, she jumps at the opportunity to leave the gates of safety to embark on a supply run that will determine her value as a Guard. As if the mission’s impact on the survival of humanity was not enough to dwell on, Vanessa soon realizes she the gorgeous Mr. Hot&Cold, Sean Daniels, will lead the team confusing her turbulent emotions further.
Sean Daniels has been in agony since the return of the woman he lost due to his foolish need to be overprotective, seeing her swollen belly only gutted his heart further, so when he begins to notice the feisty and impossible Vanessa Summers, he does not know what to think, much less what to feel. When asked to lead a team on a medical supply run, Sean becomes torn between desires to lead and to stay behind to look after his daughter, his conflicted conscious only increases when his judgment begins to become clouded with his attraction to Vanessa.
The needs of the mission prevail. The team sets out intent on gathering the necessary medical supplies necessary but soon after they leave the safety of the colony, a shocking encounter with the Dead threatens their lives and rattles the team to the core. Sean and Vanessa’s inhibitions go to hell as the travesty draws them closer. Their return to the colony leads to yet another unexpected discovery, one that not only tests growing relationships and character but also the way the colony carries on.
These characters are without a doubt damaged, their flaws only heightened by the roles they played in the first novel. Vanessa starts out as an annoying, hot headed, spurned woman making it difficult to like her, being attacked by a Dead was the best thing that could have happened to her. That moment served as the catalyst for the woman she became in this novel. Her grow into a levelheaded creature with mature ideals was bumpy and incredible at times, but served her well in the end. I grew to like her and did not expect to during the first few chapters. Sean had the same effect; though he was immensely more likeable from the get go. He is strong and a natural born leader who cares about those he leads, he has never been intentionally callous or used his good looks to his advantage. I admire that in his character. Character development as a whole was well done; both the main and secondary characters nurtured an emotional connection throughout the novel, as did the plot.
To say I was blindsided would be understated, there were twists and turns that left me flabbergasted. I did a double take and had to think for a moment.
Am I comfortable with where this is going?
Tell me what happens!
The novel is captivating from start to finish. While I found some moments in character development and growth were a bit forced and insincere, I was able to look past it as the storyline unfolded. Overall, Love At The end of Days has the perfect combination of danger, romance, and emotional turmoil with resolve that leaves you itching for what comes next. I know I can’t wait!
*** This ARC was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***