Reviewed by: Amanda
Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars
Note: While this review is spoiler free, it does assume you’ve read The Trouble with Fate.
Karma’s really got it in for Hedi Peacock. She pushes her mate through the portal to Merenwyn, hoping he’ll make it to the Pool of Life and save himself, and then finds she can’t get him back out. She’s the Alpha by Proxy of the Creemore wolves, and she’s holding on to control by a tiny, miniscule thread. Because of her Fae blood, she doesn’t carry Trowbridge’s scent, so most of the pack doesn’t believe she’s supposed to be in charge. Then the NAW decides to stick their nose into things, and, well, it just gets worse.
You’d think the return of her beloved Robbie Trowbridge would make things better. But noooo, the bad times just keep on rollin’.
The Thing About Weres does a fantastic job of solidifying the relationship between Hedi and Trowbridge. After The Trouble with Fate, I had my doubts about Trowbridge’s feelings for Hedi, and I am ever so pleased to say that he completely erased them. He embraces their mate bond and even though it’s got to try his patience, he never loses his temper whenever Hedi starts to doubt him. And she does. When you’re used to every good thing being twisted and thrown back in your face, can you blame her? Especially when the bond makes them want smexytimes like crazy bad? Talking is hard to do when you’re fighting a losing battle with lust.
Hedi is the queen of Snarksylvania. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more sarcastic character, and I love her for it. It might be a defense mechanism, but it’s a really entertaining one. She’s a lot stronger this time around, too, and while she used to run to protect herself, and her heart, this time she’s sticking, even if it means getting her heart broken. She’s not about to sit by and let him save the day when things go bad, either. If she sees an opportunity to make a difference, she’ll take it, even if Karma screws everything up and her fixes don’t go as planned.
I enjoyed this book. A lot. But watching Hedi get smacked in the face with bad thing after bad thing after bad thing wore me out. I cringed every time something good happened, and held my breath every time it was something really good, because I just knew a few pages later it would somehow get taken away from her. And with one really key exception, I was right. I love a dark, depressing book, but this was almost too much.
The other issue I had was the amount of history we had to go through in the first ten or so chapters. Hedi doesn’t know a lot about Merenwyn (obviously, since she’s never been) so almost all of it is necessary. But I had trouble following the timeline and felt it dragged the first quarter of the book down.
Leigh Evans has created a heroine who has some of the best one-liners ever and a vibrant, detailed world I’ll be coming back to. Especially now that Trowbridge is on the right side of the portal. Can we say “yummy”?
Sexual content: Sex