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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Esperance by Heather Hildenbrand (Review)

Title: Esperance
Series: Heart Lines #3
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Release Date: April 27, 2017
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 227  per Amazon

She is his only hope. If only he wanted to be saved.

Alex is cured... sort of. After letting the mysterious Indra work her magic, the venom is gone but so is Alex’s ability to feel. He’s not dead, but he’s not really alive either. Numb inside, he turns his back on Sam and everyone else. The only person he’ll really listen to is his new master…

Sam’s angry and lost. Her destiny was to heal, but so far, all she’s done is hurt herself and others. When Alex chooses another woman’s healing over hers, Sam’s doubts and fears become the very thing that separate her from her true potential. Despite Sam’s broken heart, she is determined to make her magic work, no matter the cost. No price can be higher than the one she paid watching Alex walk away. 

Sam will do whatever it takes. And she’ll never stop trying to change Alex’s mind—and his heart.

But Alex has his orders and he doesn’t care who they affect. Love hurts. But in this case, it just might kill…

So, just as I had hoped, the excitement returns in book 3, Esperance.  Sam is really immersing herself in this new world and taking on new challenges, and that's exactly what I wanted to see.

Sometimes I think it's hard to write a review when the books are coming out so quickly in succession. I don't want to give away any spoilers, yet at this point, I'm 3 books in.  Sam is a character that I am really enjoying, and I know quite a few of my readers would too.  She takes chances, certainly more than the previous version of herself did. She is learning to handle her magic quite well, and even takes on healing some ill wolves.

And as for Alex, it's interesting to see him as this new version of himself. It's hard to explain.  He doesn't feel anything, and as acts as such.  But in the process he does things that damage my view of him, so now, as it turns out, I don't feel anything - for him.  In fact, there are quite a few points in this book where I think I called Alex some pretty bad names.  But hey, that means that Hildenbrand did a good job conveying what he's going through.  But man... yeah.  Jerk. And that's putting it nicely.  I don't care if it's his fault or not.

The whole issue of ill wolves is coming to a head, and we are learning more and more.  I'm quite interested to see how it all turns out, and the roads taken to get there.  Esperance was exciting and intriguing, it hit on all the points that I had hoped it would.  If you like werewolves and witches, I would definitely say this would be a good series to try out.  Definitely not a series you could pick up midway through.  Do yourself a favor and start at the beginning, but you will definitely enjoy it.
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.)

She writes Young Adult & New Adult romance including the bestselling Dirty Blood & Imitation series’. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and sunny Florida and loves having a mobile career and laptop lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather Hildenbrand on Goodreads

Previous Posts on Fictional Candy
Excerpt - A Risk Worth Taking
Cover Reveal - A Risk Worth Taking
Review - Imitation
Promo - Blood Rule
Interview with Heather Hildenbrand
Cover Reveal - Remembrance
Remembrance - Review
 Inheritance - Review

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 Remembrance on AMAZON
 Inheritance on AMAZON
 Esperance on AMAZON