Book Review: Tarnished by Rhiannon Held

tarnishedSynopsis from Goodreads:

Experience the romance and danger of running with the werewolves in this urban fantasy

Andrew Dare has found his mate in Silver, but they haven’t found the pack they can call home. Some of his old friends think he should return and challenge Roanoke for leadership of all the werewolf packs on the East Coast. But Andrew has baggage—his violent history with the packs of Spain and the rumors of his lack of control. And then there’s Silver—the werewolf who has lost her wild self to a monster’s assault, and who can no longer shift forms. But perhaps together they can overcome all the doubters.

The second book in this wonderful urban fantasy series plunges readers into the world of the shape-shifter packs who live hidden among us.

Last year I read Rhiannon Held’s novel Silver and loved it to bits. I finally picked up Tarnished, the second installment of her Silver series, and man did I read the hell out of this book. Tarnished held all the things that appealed to me in the first book, but she took it to a whole new level with this one. Another amazing read from Held, I’ve gotta say.

Characters, oh the characters! Dare and Silver simply have some of the best chemistry ever written, in my opinion. When one shines it doesn’t diminish the other. Where they’re both strong alpha’s, Dare shows it and Silver throws it in your face when you least expect it. I just adore these two characters together. They make moves and they do it without shame, plain and simple.

Tarnished had a lot of great points for me. The first book left me with a desire to get to know Dare better. He was a character shrouded in mystery so to speak and a lot of that mystery is revealed here. I loved that we got answers about the past, but Held also managed to make something that happened over ten years ago in Dare’s life continue almost seamlessly into the current events. It was clever and so well done. In addition, I like that we get more of John and Susan in Tarnished. While they’re more secondary characters, their relationship is an aspect that I love because seeing Susan who’s a human try to integrate into the life of the pack is just really interesting (and at times simply amusing).

Held truly makes these characters – werewolves! –  come alive for me. She includes all of these small touches in her writing that make you forget for just a few minutes that werewolves don’t actually exist. From their personal relationships, to the individual packs, and the politics overall Held makes everything come together brilliantly. And that’s on top of delivering a story that just sucks you in.

Bottom line, Tarnished is another win from Rhiannon Held. She delivers story, characters, lore and brings it all alive. I definitely recommended this series for the lovers of the werewolves or even those who aren’t sure about them. 4/5 stars.

Silver series:

1. Silver
2. Tarnished
3. Reflected

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