Light Series #2
From Goodreads: The saying goes that all men are created equal... but Nicole Abbot knows better. Lacking the supernatural gifts of the Sentients she has known all her life, Nicole has lived with her nose pressed to the glass, withering beneath the guilt of her own inadequacies and the disapproving glare of her father. It's easy to believe that the universe has forgotten all about her, but things are not always as they seem. With the arrival of Christian Wright, a handsome but complex Combatant with a troubled history, Nicole is forced to question everything she has ever believed about herself, proving that sometimes, our most flawed perceptions are those reflected in a mirror.
I'll start by saying that the cover to this book is not only beautiful but very fitting to the story. The story takes place in Northern California, where there are beautiful Redwoods around. Nicole was a character I could easily identify with, in fact I saw a lot of myself in her. She hates her thighs and she doesn't think much of herself and her father pretty much encourages this with his attitude and comments. I really hated his character, a lot. Nicky is a therapist and a piano teacher, she plays amazingly well. Her patience is limitless as she takes care of her mother (who was damaged by a dark astral) deals with her demeaning father, works with a timid little girl named Samantha (who doesn't talk or react to anything) and teaches piano lessons. It's obvious that she has a lot on her plate, but she handles it the best she can while putting her life pretty much on pause. Then Christian comes along, you might recall that he is from the first book in the series and thankfully we get to learn more about his character and find out if he does end up happy. I won't say what happens in the first book but for the sake of this review I will imply that he goes through some traumatic stuff and comes to California for new scenery and a chance to regroup (mentally/emotionally). Their chemistry is almost instantaneous, they're opposite in certain ways but it only encourages them to help each other. Nicky thinks she isn't good enough for him and it broke my heart to read about it, but I understand that she feels a sense of duty to her mother and father (who doesn't deserve it). Will she find happiness? Will she be able to let go of her insecurities and accept love? I adored this book more than the first, Christian's character simply melted my heart and Nicky was a heroine I cheered on with all my heart. Perhaps there is something to be learned from a character like her, we all have our insecurities and past, but how is it that we're able to overcome them for a chance at real happiness? This series is a unique combination of paranormal/uplifting themes which makes for two great reads so far.....
I give this book 4.5 owls (and highly recommend this series)!
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