Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something… Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology, and that her feelings for him are strong. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her, his memories erased by Norns—Norse destiny deities—to punish her for defying them. So Raine comes up with a plan...
She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. But she quickly learns that well-laid plans do not work when dealing with deities and supernatural beings. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Raine has been gone for the last two weeks after the end of the last book where she tried to save everyone from her swim team from being killed at a swim meet. She is now seen as a freak by her classmates and her boyfriend Torrin, a Valkyrie, has no idea who she is since his memory was erased as a punishment to Raine. Nothing is going well for her personally, and on top of that she finds out her best friend is a God and she has to train to become an immortal herself. Raine is in over her head but refuses to give up.
This is book 2 in the series and these must be read in order otherwise nothing will make sense. There is no recap for those who need to catch up (which I am glad for) instead the book just picks up with all the backstory already in place. I thought book one was an ok story, and then I read the first book in the spin off about Cora and loved it so I decided to go back to finish leaning about Raine. I am happy to report that this book was really entertaining and I am officially hooked on this series, be it Raine or Cora. It was pretty interesting to read this title and see Cora as a side character who everyone doubts when I already know what happened to her from the spin off. After the way the first book ended, I was afraid this story would be full of angst between Raine and Torin, but instead it is full of passion, danger and intensity.
This series is very character driven and I absolutely love that in my books. I liked getting to know the characters better this time around. Raine staid true to herself and what she stood for, which I really appreciated. I also liked how calm and mature she was in emotional situations, instead of lashing out because her feelings were hurt, she tried to do what was right. There were so many opportunities for her to make a stupid mistake and pick the wrong side in the heat of the moment, yet she never did and I mentally cheered her on each time. Her role in the future sounds like it comes with a lot of responsibility, but with Torin by her side I am sure she can handle it. Torin may not have known who Raine was, but he knew he had to take care of her no matter what. I loved watching the two of them develop a relationship again, even stronger this time with no boundaries in the way. I will admit that there were a few super awkward (for me at least) moments where Raine and Torin got lost in each other while in the middle of an important event such as a battle for survival and all. There is a time and place for everything, and yes I understand you are madly in love, but can it wait just a few minutes?
Anywhoo, Eirick was kind of a jerk pretty much the whole book and I feel fairly ambivalent towards him. I know how his relationship status plays out due to the spin off, so I would like to see him have his own book sometime where he can be a good person and I would perhaps like him better then. I really enjoyed Raine's parents and it was heartbreaking and sweet to watch them together. The sacrifice that Torin made for them (aka Raine) was so sweet. And Cora. Poor, poor damaged Cora that everyone forgot about. Nuff said. I will admit to really enjoying Andris character in this book, with his secretly loyal and determined heart cover by an abrasive poky exterior. I want more of him in the next books.
Overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series as well as more by the author in general. Each book I have read makes me like the series that much more. Just a disclaimer, the books get hot! They may be listed as teens, but there is some serious sexual energy going on so maybe say at least pg-13 and for the older teen/adult reader.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.