The Relentless Warrior by Rachel Higginson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, just, wow. This book made me fall in love all over again with the Star-Crossed series. The balance between action and romance was absolutely perfect. I was on the edge of my seat, heart pounding out of my chest, blood sizzling in my veins and loving every single page of this story.
Jericho is a character that has had a hard time in this series. He got trampled by Eden, he gets used by Amelia to hide from Avalon, and yet he’s one of the biggest players in the whole war storyline. This poor guy really needed a break, but what he got was a feisty and aggressive woman in the form of Olivia. Olivia was rescued by Jericho and friends from the evil clutches of our latest big bad. The subject of his awful experimentation, she somehow escaped with new powers and absolutely no understanding of the world she fell into.
This book really was the perfect combination of what I’ve loved about all the previous ones. We get a truly wonderful romance that ranges from love/hate to soft and sentimental in the blink of an eye. Jericho is exposed as the truly good guy that he is in the way he works with Olivia and the way he helps her grow and accept her new life. He’s also a fighter and it was refreshing to have a character actually fight for what he wants, regardless of the odds stacked against him. Olivia is no pushover, either. She fights just as hard both for and against Jericho. Their banter was one of my favorite things about this book. It had me smiling and laughing right along with them.
Overall, we don’t get an absolutely perfect happy ending, but we do get a happily ever after (eventually) for Jericho and Olivia that was really rewarding. There are big events that happen in this book that will, I’m sure, be pivotal to the rest of the series, but what I truly cared about was the resulting happiness for the characters involved. The road that they are taking is probably going to get tougher before it gets easier, but I’m 100% on board with taking that journey with them. The dynamic between the characters really hit its stride in this book and I’m eager to see where we go in the next book.
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