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What Lies Beyond the Veil (Of Flesh & Bone Series)

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What Lies Beyond the Veil Published by ‎Adelaide Forrest Also in this series: What Hunts Inside the Shadows Even when she hated him he still roped her into sex cause she just couldn’t deny the attraction. The mating bond was a crutch in this book. It was toxic. And I absolutely love fated mates. It has NEVER made me this uncomfortable. It felt like a way to make Estrella do things she didn’t want to because of the bond. Personally, I didn't see a problem with the hero. Sure he's low-key villain adjacent but he treats the heroine like a damned princess, keeps her satisfied in all ways, and has stated quite a few times that he would burn the world down if she's not in it. Refusing all that? Couldn't be me but the heroine is surely doing her damnedest to try. Throughout. This. Entire. Book. No, Little One. I'm going to love you. Until you forget what it is to hurt and then long after that. Until the scars you wear like armor have faded from memory, and only we remain."

Now we come to the most toxic thing he did that made me actually nauseous. Now dubious consent is admittedly not my thing but this scene was almost literally rape. He gets all alpha angry about a dead Fae and comes after Estrella to assault her whether she likes it or not. And one of the worst things is there is another character there begging her to just give him what he wants. The audacity. Then she actually cries whilst he “has sex” with her. She even describes that she’s in pain but you know she just has to do this for him so he won’t hurt anyone else. Just no. The world-building is brilliant and I am disappointed that I was not given enough. Within this world there is the human realm (Notherek) and the fae realm (Alfheimr) separated by a magical barrier known as the Veil. For 400 years, the Veil protected the humans from the Fae of Alfheimr, who used to hunt humans who were their mates and claim them.

Trigger Warnings: grooming, verbal and physical abuse (not the male lead), blood, assault of a minor, ritualistic sacrifice, suicidal thoughts, graphic violence & sexual content, cliffhanger My favorite thing is when book 2 is better than book 1, and book 2 blew it out of the water for me. The character development was everything I wanted. What Lies Beyond the Veil by Harper L. Woods is the first book in a dark romance fantasy series on kindle unlimited. The second book in the series comes out in August 2022. The secondary characters also got exponentially more interesting and solid in the second half of the book. Imelda and Holt 😏 Fallon and Estrella’s friendship 🥹 The wolves are incredible. THE CLIFFHANGER WAS BANGIN. Things I thought I knew… I most certainly did not 🤯👀 If only we had the next book to read 🥲🥲🥲 The pacing is entirely too fast. For a high-fantasy where we have seemingly complex dynamics, the details are glossed over as the plot just continues to progress without pausing to explain anything.

The performance of this audio book was excellent. Ava Lucas brought a wide arrange of husky sounding people that paired perfectly with the storyline. Her adaptation of Caelum’s voice was perfect and still left Estrella’s feminine. Like ok, how are you not melting for this dude? You already fell in love with him when you thought he was human?? How are you holding onto this grudge, when human men are the ones who have abused you your entire life??? 🙃The Veil that protects the human realm from the fae realm collapsed, the fae are now swarming the humans lands in search of their mates. The humans call them “Fae Marked” The Plot and World Building exploded in this one. I loved getting more lore and building from book 1.

When you first meet Estrella, you see her internal battle of meeting the expectations society sets vs. what she truly wants to do. It’s easy to presume she is meek and naive, but slowly through the book she starts to understand the history of her people more and finds her strength and courage. I was itching for us to meet Caelum and once we do, he is full of mystery, filthy thoughts that he shares openly and honestly some of the swooniest lines ever. He calls her my star and little one 🫠 Trigger Warning (18+): abuse, grooming, molestation (mentioned), violence, death of character (side) I'll fill you with so much of my c*m that they can smell it on you tomorrow and remember exactly who you belong to. i love the world building, writing style, and attention to detail. the close proximity where the MC and love interest have to work together is my favorite. it gave me all the romance i could ever ask for, including fated mates concept, but I hated the love interest so much. Living in a world where women are only meant to marry and bear children, she's had a lot to deal with in her life. She's trying to protect her family, seemingly naïve and fearful, she turns out to be a great character — brave, kind and sassy (just how I like them, heh)The world building is incredibly weak and there's little clarity. The spice is written with heart, the romance is written with heart, but the rest comes across as bland. sprinkled liberally throughout this book. It read like mewling drivel. And honestly after reading the sex scenes, I almost wonder if this author has ever actually had sex? I'm voicing this as someone who understands a setup contradiction statement (ie "You'll never defeat me!"--villain) playing out as foreshadowing for that exact thing happening later on in the payoff. This was not that. Either the characters in this book have the memory of goldfishes, or their EQ is in the single digits. I drew in a breath, feeling the High Priest dig his knife deeper into my skin and begin to drag it to the side. Sudden awareness burst through my contentment, the impression of someone banging on the other side of a doorway, though there was none to be found. The foreshadowing in the book I think is fairly obvious, but the worldbuilding established throughout the book was fun. The series borrows from a handful of myths and legends, including the Wild Hunt, Norse, Irish, and Celtic legends, and eventually some Greek/Roman influences. Caellum is a decided and unabashed flirt, which Estrella struggles to handle in light of her own history and upbringing. The pair do eventually bond closer, though some moments do feel a little high pressure and manipulative.

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