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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: Black Rook by Kelly Meade

Black Rook (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1)
by Kelly Meade, Kelly Meding

Releasing: July 15, 2014
She never saw this coming…

Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.

Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.

No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.

Black Rook is the first book in the new Cornerstone Run trilogy by Kelly Meade. Brynn Atwood, the main heroine, is a complete disappointment to her father. As a low level Magus, her only ability is to see visions, and she has little to no control over them. Her father, embarrassed by his daughter’s abilities or lack of, disregards her visions, even when Brynn foresees his death. That’s when Brynn decides that the only way to prove her worth is to save her father’s life.
Rook McQueen is the son of the loup garou Alpha. He is also the man who Brynn believes will kill her father. Rook is strong, sexy and part animal, but he isn’t a killer. Luckily, Brynn realizes this rather quickly, and they end up working together. As they work side by side, they struggle against a growing attraction, one which may lead to some pretty tough decisions. And as if things weren’t crazy enough, Rook’s brother ends up the target of an attack.

Looking for killers and saving siblings gives us just enough action to keep the story fast paced and interesting. Add to that, the growing attraction between Rook and Brynn gives us a nice balance to the story. The characters feel so real and likable that I find I already have my favorite, Knight. And no, it’s not his name that won him that honor. I just can’t wait to hear his story, and I’m hoping it’s going to be our next book.

4.5 Knightly Sheep


About the Author:
Raised on a steady diet of Star Wars, Freddy Krueger and “Fear Street” novels, Kelly Meade developed a love for all things paranormal at a very young age. The stealthy adolescent theft of a tattered paperback from her grandmother’s collection of Harlequins sparked an interest in romance that has continued to this day. 

Black Rook is the first novel in her Cornerstone Run series, a paranormal romance trilogy from Berkley Intermix that also includes Gray Bishop and White Knight. It follows three loup garou brothers who will do anything to protect their town, their family, and the secret of their existence—and maybe fall in love in the process.

Writing as Kelly Meding, Three Days to Dead is the first book in herDreg City urban fantasy series. The series follows Evangeline Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city’s goblins and vampires. Additional books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are available in both digital format and mass market paperback from Bantam. Book five, Requiem for the Dead, is available digitally through all platforms.

Trance begins the story of the grown-up children of the world’s slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead. Trance and Changeling are available now in both digital format and mass market paperback from Pocket Books. Tempest and Chimeraare available in digital format only via Pocket Star. All four MetaWarsbooks can also be purchased as a digital bundle. 

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