Series: Broken Destiny #2
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on June 27,2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
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Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn't sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who's decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.
At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he's vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…
I listened to The Beautiful Ashes as a “reread” right before getting The Sweetest Burn. I was able to get both in digital audio from the library.
I was excited to see how they progressed with finding the second artifact. I expected Ivy and Adrian to learn and grow in their pursuit and to further their relationship as they worked together to save the world. These things sort of happened.
Neither Ivy or Adrian seemed to learn or grow very much. Ivy’s whining about everything at Zach and her internal rambling were annoying. Adrian at least spent his time preparing Brutus for their mission. Both of them are so childish in their actions and seem to lack skills or guts to communicate with each other in an honest, mature way. Ivy’s attachment to Adrian seems stubborn and rather fickle. The relationship progresses, though.
The other characters, Zach, Jasmine, and Kosta are barely developed. They revolve around Ivy and Adrian with limited impact. We do learn more about both Ivy and Adrian’s backgrounds. The aspects of the world are changed and unfolded, too. When Ivy fights, it feels more like panic and desperation, rather than courage and fortitude. With her limited experience, this is realistic but I’d at least like to see some faith and strength. Adrian has more confidence, experience and skill in battle.
Tavia Gilbert is Ivy’s voice to me. She felt right and comfortable in this role. Adrian seemed to have a sort of Russian accent and not the sound the same as he did in The Beautiful Ashes which was awkward. The others were fine, but not prominent enough in the story to matter.
The search and save the world part of the plot went slowly and not as smart as I prefer, but had interesting aspects. I was just so annoyed by the main characters and their personal relationship here. The last book in the Broken Destiny series is The Brightest Embers, projected for November 28, 2017. I’m sure I will read or listen to it, with hopes that it will improve the trilogy.
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