Lidia Morales has always felt out of place. The one stable presence in her childhood has always been Brayden. Every major moment, every growing pain, everything in her life has been shared with him since they were little, so it makes sense to her that they will stay friends at college together. Until one night, emotions are revealed in a heated kiss, and Lidia’s world is turned upside down. Brayden has always been just a friend and she knows she should look somewhere else for love. But the memory of the passion between them is undeniable—and Brayden isn’t about to let her forget it. As trouble brews, Lidia may need Brayden more than she realized and Brayden will do whatever it takes to convince her that they are soulmates…bonded for life, in Part of Me by A.C. Arthur.
Hunger for You coming June 10, 2014! And don't miss Mine to Claim, available now.
Lidia has spent most of her life protected by the Sanchez family as they took her in when her mother died and her father just walked away. She's always been treated as one of the family but what Brayden feels for her is not brotherly in any way! He believes she's his mate but he's a patient guy and in it for the long haul. Giving Lidia freedom is pure torture for him and unfortunately about to put them both in danger.
I wasn't sure about this series when I read the previous book, Mine To Claim, as it's clearly aimed at young adults and a coming of age tale can often be a little too juvenile for my tastes. Happily in Part of Me, Brayden comes across as a more mature guy who is confident of himself and in his own abilities. It makes him a much more appealing hero. I thought he was written as a sensitive guy considering just how passionate his nature and urges are and applauded his willingness to give Lidia time and space when she needed it.
Lidia is quite a complicated and conflicted character. She's had the worse possible start in life and is truly traumatized by it. There's a war brewing and her family are slap bang in the middle of it. She's trying so hard to subjugate her shifter nature and appear human and have what she perceives as a normal life.
The Rogues are definitely starting to take centre stage in this series and it's interesting to see just how this storyline will progress as every good story is improved by a protagonist. I enjoyed reading more action scenes in Part of Me, but happily it's offset by passion from the two main characters. The world building is starting to come into it's own and I'm curious as to how this will play out. Surely a head on collision is inevitable and I know which side I will be routing for!
Part of Me is an ideal book if you enjoy stories about teenagers and first loves but there is strong emotional content here so it's not to be sneered at. Much more of a paranormal element than the first book which made it feel more complete and a sensual romance that appeals to my own romantic streak. If you are looking for a paranormal story to bridge the gap between young adult and the more graphic paranormal novels available, then this series could well fit the bill. This storyline is getting interesting now and I can't wait to read what happens next.
Part of Me is an e-book and is $1.99 at Amazon and B & N.