5bat! Review: Black Rook (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1) by Kelly Meade

July 17, 2014 Review 3

5bat! Review: Black Rook (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1) by Kelly MeadeBlack Rook by Kelly Meade
Series: Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1
Published by InterMix on July 15, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 334
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: A few sex scenes
Reviewed by: Libbie
5 Stars

Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.

Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn't sure he's capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn't expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.

No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father's real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.

It’s been a long time since I picked up a book and quite literally couldn’t put it down until I finished it. BLACK ROOK was just that book. It pulled me in almost from the first chapter and wouldn’t let me go. Everything from the characters to the world-building to the plot combined for a truly enjoyable read.

With books I read, I’m often more forgiving than I should be. If I love the characters, I can overlook a weak plot and vice versa. BLACK ROOK had nothing to overlook on either side. The characters are ones I both loved and hated, depending on who they were. My heart broke for their pain and their struggles, and leapt at their happiness. I can’t say much about Rook and his brothers or Brynn without giving out major plot points, but my love for them is a palpable thing.

The story itself is tightly woven, both in creating the world of the Magi and the loup garou that live in almost self-contained towns throughout the country. BLACK ROOK wastes no time in getting to the heart of the story, but does so in a way that lets the story unfold in time with the exposition. I’ll admit that I predicted a few of the ah-ha moments. That in no way detracted from my enjoyment. If anything, it contributed because I was able to watch the realizations happen and appreciate their reactions.

I already know I will be rereading this one in anticipation of the second book in the series. BLACK ROOK is a complete story, with only the overarching plot left unresolved in book one, and I can’t wait to return to Cornerstone and reunite with the McQueens.

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3 Responses to “5bat! Review: Black Rook (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1) by Kelly Meade”

  1. Mina

    That sounds pretty awesome – and made me buy the book on kindle right away. Thanks!

  2. Tanya

    I like UF but not PNR. Is this book UF or PNR? You listed it as both?

  3. Libbie

    Mina – I’m so glad! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Tanya – I’d consider it strongly PNR over UF, so might not be your forte.