|Once the night comes . . .|
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.
Love must cast aside the shadows . . .
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
While being held captive, Holly Evernight is forced to put a metal heart into Will Thorne. It’s her own invention, but she’s being forced to do this even though she desperately wants to get away. All she can hear are Will’s screams, even months after their rescue. A year has passed and Holly now has a deep fear of leaving her home, and in fact, hasn’t since she was abducted. The past year hasn’t been kind to Will either, being a demon and having a metal object forced into him should have killed him. Instead, his body turns to metal causing him great pain and even with spotty memories, he’s hell bent on getting revenge on the person who did this to him. Holly. But after arriving at her house ready to kill her, he learns that he needs to get in line, as various attempts on her life have already been made and no one knows who’s behind it or why. After Will learns that Holly is an elemental and has a unique ability to use metal in any way she needs, one touch from her on Will’s skin eases his pain and he strikes her a deal: continue to keep him sane through her touch when the metal threatens to take hold of him and he’ll provide her protection and help her figure out who the threat against is her. Holly feels trapped between a rock and hard place and eventually agrees.
Oh Holly and Will – if ever two people needed each other, it’s these two. Holly is a brilliant scientist who’s dealing with a huge fear of leaving her house. She’s been on leave from her job at the SOS and even that’s in jeopardy now. But when Will barges into her home and her life and forces her to start to live again, it’s the best thing that could have happened to her. That’s not to say she goes along with his plans easily. Oh no no no. But he gives her a sense of safety and when he realizes just how deep her fear runs, he helps her deal with it in the exact way she needs.
For Will, being a demon got him kicked out of his house as soon as the signs of what he was started to emerge. While his memories of his past are still slowly coming back to him, he knows deep down he has never had anyone that called him theirs. He’s never been loved, or been a person that someone has needed for just Will, no other reason. He finds all that and more in Holly and it’s addictive. He craves her touch for more reasons than one, he just needs her and the feelings between them grow stronger and stronger the more they’re together and the more they go through. This was a romance that had me laughing at loud at their personalities and how well they played off each other on page and as the story progressed and their feelings became so much deeper, they had me in the palm of their hands. Theirs is a relationship that’s a “hate to love” and the last 20% of the story is perfection. There was no way I was putting the book down, Will and Holly had me tearing up with the horrible situation they were put into by a third party. Not to give any spoilers about who or what this third party is, but they’re a horrible person who not only impacts Will and Holly’s life through the use of others but we’re left with details of another character this person was just at the start of tormenting and I want to know what happened now.
While the series storylines keep progressing, the secondary storyline involving the GIM maker Adam and his latest obsession, Eliza May, a young woman he saved and in doing so bound her to him for a length of time of his choosing. The only issue, Adam recognized her immediately as his other half, his mate, but Eliza wants nothing to do with him. She won’t talk to him and all she wants is her freedom, something Adam won’t give her. Needless to say, the setup for their story is so well done, giving us just enough buildup between them to be enticing and leaving poor Adam in a horrible situation. Kristen Callihan does love to torture her characters!
But the heart and soul of Evernight is Will and Holly. Whether they were making me laugh with their early snap and crackle dialogue when they both wanted to kill each other, or making me sigh with the sweet words they give to each other when they each needed to hear them most, I loved their journey and watching them fall in love. This continues to be a series that completely grabs me and each book just makes me love the world that Callihan has created even more.
Release Date: August 26, 2014
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