Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.
Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.
Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?
But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.
“Leaving meant walking away from him, and the mere thought of doing that caused my heart to end up somewhere down near my dangling feet. I loved him. God, I loved him more than I loved pralines and beignets, and that was hardcore, because my love of sugary, sweet things rivaled the most epic love stories known to man.”
“But I had just found Ren. I’d fallen underwater, completely over my head, for him, with him, and I couldn’t do it. I was too selfish. He was…he was mine, and I’d be damned if I lost that too due to things completely out of my control. It wasn’t fair. I…I deserved him.”
“You’re Ivy Morgan…You’re this beautiful, wild, and brave woman. You’re incredibly loyal and I don’ deserve your love, but I’ll take it. I’ll keep it close to me and I’ll never regret a damn second of doing so.”
All I can say is that this book made my heart hurt; which, of course, was the whole point. There was a huge bombshell dropped at the end of book one in the series and now, in this second installment of the Wicked Trilogy, Ivy must adjust if she wants to survive. This book was full of further character development and relationships continue to progress as the story goes on. Ivy has always taken care of herself and been level-headed. In this book we get to see a different side of Ivy as she tries to push through the challenges that lay ahead of her and as much as it hurt to see her struggle, I know that it is necessary for her to become a stronger individual overall. It will be interesting to see where she ends up in the next book and how she manages to overcome her obstacles.
Ren is still awesome and sweet and charming in this book, but I will admit that he is 99.9% of the reason my heart hurt and I’m mad at him. Yes, I’m mad at a character in a book. We see Ivy and Ren’s relationship get more serious this time around but then Ren does some dumb stuff (vague, right?) and it directly affects his and Ivy’s relationship. Towards the end of the book, my heart was soothed slightly so yours should be too if you choose to read this, but I will be waiting for the next book for Ren to make it up to Ivy…and me.
Tink is still as sassy as ever and has a surprise in store for us readers that makes you wonder what’s next for him in the final book of the trilogy. I really like that his character is so sarcastic, he adds just the right amount of humor to keep you from plummeting into a dark depression. Something that I love about Armentrout is that she uses a lot of pop culture references in her books and this book is no exception. Tink is the outlet for it a majority of her references and I think that is what makes him so humorous a lot of the time. In this book we see a different side of Tink that makes you realize that there is more than meets the eye with him. I personally didn’t even think I could get more attached to him but Armentrout proved me wrong.
I don’t think there was anything I didn’t like in this book (again). Armentrout can almost do no wrong. Even when she is doing you wrong, she really isn’t. What I mean by this is even though she broke my heart into a million pieces, she will still fix it in the next book…hopefully.
Overall, this book didn’t disappoint. I liked it more than the first book and depending on how the last book plays out, I might even like it more than the last book; it will definitely be a hard book to beat. It had so much raw emotion and while it was mostly hurtful emotion, I think that just added to it and made it that much better. I can’t wait for the last book, but I also don’t want the series to end. It’s a catch-22. Until next time, happy reading!