Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2)
October 21 2014
Received from publisher via NetGalley
Yummy Man – Bishop McQueen
Kick Ass Chic – Jillian Reynolds
From Goodreads –
With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.
After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.
Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.
When word reaches them that Jillian’s hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…
Gray Bishop is the second book in Kelly Meade’s Cornerstone Run Trilogy. This series is raw and heavy and emotional but also interesting and gripping and unique.
Even though this is a paranormal romance series there is a storyline that follows from one book to the next. The story is just as strong as the budding relationship and romance. Gray Bishop’s romantic focus is on Bishop and Jillian and how they beat the odds to be together.
When I mentioned earlier that the series is raw and emotional, I really meant it. By this book’s 50% mark, two very important characters had died. Yes two. By the halfway mark! But if you have read a book by Kelly Meade/Meding before, this fact will not surprise you. Kelly’s books always take you through the ringer by the end and you always feel like it will take effort for you to feel whole again. In other words, they do what true dark UF or dark PNR are supposed to do. And you are not the only one going through the ringer in this book. Jillian and Bishop do too…even worse than you if you can believe it. But it all brings their feelings for each other into focus making their HEA all the more deserved.
Bishop and Jillian are not supposed to be able to be together because she is the next alpha female of her run and Bishop is the next alpha of his. It’s almost like a star-crossed lovers thing without the hormonal drama. They are both adults and committed to their packs. Doesn’t mean they have to like being denied each other but it means they are not children about it. I was very grateful for that. But even though they are not supposed to be together, Kelly finds a way. A good and believable way! Yes, she kills characters off but there is more to it than that. 😉
You see Rook and Brynn from the first book in this one and I like where they are. You see some of the issues they are facing, especially Brynn, but they are facing them together and with the support of some good friends and a very solid family unit so you just know they will be okay in the end.
Knight. Oh Knight. Such a tortured soul but not in your usual sense. He is friendly and thoughtful. Not your breed of a**hole you usually see from a tortured hero. He’s just a little lost. Okay, a lot lost. But he knows who is mate is and that will be one of the focuses of the next book, White Knight, when it releases on January 20th 2015. Can’t wait to read that one. Since the first book, Knight is the character you want to know more about and want to see happy the most because there is just something about him.
The villain in just insane in this series. They have no real rhyme or reason which makes them even scarier this time around. No word from Brynn’s father in this book so I am definitely expecting to see him again in the next and last book because man, he has some explaining to do!
I love the concept of the wolves in this series and how the color of the wolf determines his or her place in the pack. I also love seeing the politics play out and how they too make this series quite unique.
Overall, Gray Bishop was just as I expected it to be. Insane in all of the best ways possible. Kelly continues to show us how she is a master at writing dark paranormal stories and that her imagination and the places she is willing to take her readers show no limit. If you are a fan of darker yet excellent books, definitely give this series a try.
Books in the Cornerstone Run Trilogy –
White Knight (January 2015)