Series: Dante Walker #2
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 27, 2013
Reviewed by: Abigail
Sensuality. Non-graphic sex scenes.
Bad boy, meet bad girl.
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.
With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.
Dante Walker is back with swagger for days. What is it about this cocky, brash, reformed player that makes me crave more and more of him? Or did I just answer my own question? In THE LIBERATOR, he's everything I remember and a whole lot of stuff I thought I'd imagined in this follow up to Victoria Scott's THE COLLECTOR.
If the description had you worried that we'd be getting a love triangle in THE LIBERATOR, fear not. There isn't a glimmer, wayward thought, fleeting glance or anything that could even remotely be mistaken for attraction between Dante and Aspen. Dante is a complete one woman guy and the author when out of her way to make that fact abundantly clear (maybe almost too much). He is whipped with a capital 'W' when it comes to Charlie, and yet he doesn't lose his innate Danteness--complete with audacious one-liners and cheesy/old school lingo.
As irresistible as Dante is, in a way, THE LIBERATOR feels like two novellas combined together. The first one deals with Dante getting his first assignment as a Liberator and trying to maintain his relationship with Charlie. The second one features the whole group at a Liberator training center called The Hive where Dante must learn to embrace his new abilities and prepare for the upcoming war between heaven and hell. The problem is that because the book feels largely divided, it isn't as satisfying as I was expecting. Like eating snacks instead of a meal.
All three stars are for Dante this time out, as I was hoping for a stronger and more compelling story for this over the top yet somehow unbelievably addictive character. I never know if I want Charlie to smack or kiss the grin off his face (usually a little of both), but it's impossible not to want more of him. And I do, just in a more worthy story (and maybe one that gives the object of his affection a little more personality). The Dante Walker series is a little less sizzling in this sequel, but Dante guarantees a good time, and I'm ready for round three whenever he is.