The wait will soon be over for the Bannerman Boru’s second adventure. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, but the book releases this month- January 19th to be exact.
Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye
Bannerman Boru #2
January 19, 2016 – Spence City
380 Pages – Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Series
Source: Publisher, as part of the Blog Tour
I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest review.
Strong and Irish.
That’s how Shay Doyle likes her whiskey. And men. As Healer to a clan of immortal Celtic warriors living in modern-day Colorado, she has been gifted with such a man: Bannerman “Bann” Boru. The only problem is keeping the stubborn warrior alive. For Fate seems to have it in for Bann, and his son, Cor, descendants of the kings of Ireland, and recipient of an ancient grudge from the mad god, Cernunnos.
But, with a bit o’ luck, Shay, Bann, and the rest of the Doyle clan—along with the aid of a legendary huntsman known as the Black Hand—might just suss out how to kill a shapeshifter that refuses to stay dead, prevent clan warfare, and make a choice that could change their lives.
If they don’t lose them first
My Thoughts: (I think that this is going to be a bit of a repeat, since I have enjoyed every single one of Darby Kaye/Karchut’s books. She is one of my top authors, a D.E.A.R. one for me).
Sometimes you read an author from the start of their writing journey and they get a little stale, or they do something to violate the trust that you have placed in them. Other times you stick with them and you are rewarded with writing that just gets better and better. This has been my experience with Darby Kaye. She just keeps getting better and better.
Unholy Blue is her second foray into the adult section of the bookstore. I hate/love to say it but the second time was better than the first. Don’t get me wrong, I loved The Stag Lord, a lot. Hated the ending A LOT, but loved the book A LOT. (Go read the book, and you will understand.)
I am not sure where to start with this review. There is just about everything that you could want in a good story without it becoming overwhelming. Throughout all of Kaye’s works there is an underlying theme of the father-son relationship. But it’s really pronounced in Bannerman’s story; because it is about a father and a son. I appreciated that Cor has consistently been the first priority for Bann. Though their past has been darkened heavily by pain and loss, one cannot help but feel the love that they have for one another.It is hard to remember that Bann and Shay have only known each other for such a short period of time- only a month. They are hot and steamy and ready to take their relationship to the next level. And they are sincere. Sometimes when a relationship’s intensity burns hot so quickly, it reads false and thrown together. That’s not the case here.
Wow! This is already a pretty long review and I haven’t even gotten to the meat of the story. Cernonnous is still around, thanks to Max’s noble sacrifice. This creates confusion in Cor. Is there any of Max left? The Tulley clan is still around mucking up trouble. So much stuff happens and yet I zipped through reading it. There’s some heartaches, as well as triumphs and victories. Just when you think that it’s over, that the threat is over and everyone is ready for the happily ever after, you realize that there’s more coming. Something that no one, not even the characters, are prepared for. Even when you begin to wonder if this is the book that Kaye violates your trust, keep going! Don’t give up on this book, even if it makes your heart hurt. Believe me, your heart will stutter with anticipation, fear, disbelief. She may twist the trust that the readers put in her, but she never violates it. There are enough happy surprises and tender moments to outweigh the bad. Plus there’s an appearance from another beloved character tucked inside.
5 Stars *****
I feel that I should disclose that I was able to share my thoughts with the author as I was reading this, and while that in no way influenced my opinion of the book, it did make the experience of reading the ARC extra special.