This is the first book of the White years. It goes back to the beginning when Nora was just Elle, 15 years old and a rebel. Her mother is extremely religious and Elle wants nothing to do with the Catholic Church until she is dragged there one Sunday by her mother and her life changes Forever.
It begins with her meeting Soren for the first time. It goes over some of the bits of their history that we know from previous books; there is now meat on the bones of the past. There are things here, which we know and quite a bit we don’t. We see how she first meets Kingsly, how sassy and bold Nora is in the face of what King throws at her. We see her vulnerable and hurt at what her father does to her, we see her get stronger and grow into the woman we know later on in the first set of books. We finally get the full steamy night she and Soren spend together.
I have to say that I was on the fence about this book until the last 5%. While it was good to get more of her life story when she was young and how she came into the Underground, I did find it a bit tedious as we already knew quite a bit of her back-story. I wanted the book to move on and get to the steamy sexy bits between Nora and Soren that we have all come to love. I realise that this book isn’t about that. This book is about the build, the anticipation. The instant gratification isn’t there but when the climax comes it is well worth the wait! This book is much tamer than her previous books but that seems intentional for the story being told. At the very start we know that Nora is grieving from a deep loss, we don’t know for whom or what happened and that bothered me…. Well scared me a bit as well. As the book drew to a close I was bursting to find out what was going on and when I did I was in tears. That last 5% changed my review from 3 star to a 4
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