Never More by Dana Marie Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Never More may actually be my favorite of The Gray Court series, or at least it’s in direct contention with The Hob. I loved the banter between Raven and Amanda. From the moment in The Hob that Robin learned that Raven was his son and claimed him as his own, I have been rooting for Raven to find his truebond. Learning of the lies, manipulation, and torture he experienced at the hands of the Black Queen just made it even more important that he find his truebond – that one person created just for him – because it was clear that despite all that he endured, he was a good man. A good man in dire need of love.
With a reputation nearly as terrifying as his father’s, who better to love Raven than a human who has no fear of him because she has no idea of who and what his is? Enter double-dog-daring Amanda. Oh yes that’s her, the lovely Amanda who conspired with Leo to send Ruby his way. Where Ruby is all shy and reserved, Amanda is in your face and brash, which makes her the perfect match for Raven, who we learn has just as sharp of a wit and tongue as she does. But it’s not all fun and games as the two get to know one another because Amanda’s visit to see Ruby has turned into a business trip as she got “volunteered” to plan Robin and Michaela’s wedding. At the same time, Raven is trying to avoid the Black Queen’s assassin, track down a murderer who is attempting to frame him, and prove his innocence so that the White Queen can’t have him executed for said murders of members of the White Court. Not a dull moment to be found.
Once again Bell has crafted a thoroughly enjoyable tale of romance, magic, suspense, humor, and seriously hot sexy fun-times. While I hate the why behind it, I loved that Raven did not rush to mate Amanda. He wanted to get to know her first and make sure she was comfortable with him and understood what she was getting into before she accepted his bond. The dinner seduction scene was absolutely hilarious, but Bell tempered the darkness that Raven was forced to deal with in his endeavors with regular doses of humor between him and Amanda throughout the book. While all of the previous couples had their moments of levity, this is a couple that thrives on laughter and I look forward to their inclusion in future installments. My only actual complaint about Never More is that the storyline involving the White Queen felt unfinished. I can only assume that it will be picked back up in the next novel, which I am assuming will be Big Red’s story and I am so looking forward to that one.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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