Author: Kelly Meade (Kelly Meding)
Reviewer: Gikany & Una
What We’re Talking About:
Gray Bishop is the second novel in the Cornerstone Run trilogy. This trilogy has a nice balance of reality with aspects of fantasy. The characters are three dimensional and fascinating, even though some fall to the ax of the author’s pen. Gikany and Una are enjoying this urban fantasy trilogy.
The story begins where the previous novel, Black Rook, left off. Since this book is mainly from the point of view of Bishop and Jillian, we are able to see the strength of their connection. They almost feel like Romeo and Juliet – star-crossed lovers who can never be. Both are the alphas to be of their respective runs, and neither can deny the attraction and connection they feel to each other, nor the loyalty and responsibility they feel for their runs. However as the story progresses, what seems impossible may become possible.
Jillian intrigued us from the first novel. We loved her intelligence and her strength. Some novels soften the heroine’s strength as she joins with the hero for the HEA. We were happy to see that was not the case in Gray Bishop. Jillian’s strength is an asset and one that is encouraged and cherished by Bishop. They work well as a team and embrace the strengths of each other as they work together.
Bishop, for all that he is an alpha male, isn’t just strong, aggressive, and powerful. He is tempered by an incredible core of loyalty and compassion. Bishop knows what he wants and is not afraid of working hard to earn it. He doesn’t take anything for granted, choosing to continue to keep that which he has earned. This dedication is admirable. Both Jillian and Bishop will do anything for their people, including sacrificing themselves, their own happiness, and even risk friends and family if necessary. This foundation of loyalty they possess allows them to make hard, sacrificing choices. But it also shows the depth of the love they have.
So much occurs in this novel and we do not want give any of it away. There is great sacrifice and loss but through it comes great joy and hope. The realism that Ms. Meade has imbued in this world gives the trilogy an excellent foundation. She is not afraid to kill off characters, but does so with purpose and meaning. The emotions portrayed through these events balance out the characters, bringing them to life for the reader. However, the continued trial for Knight is heartbreaking. The vampire twins and their complete disregard for life make for the perfect antagonist. Although they seem to be purely evil, we have only had a few glimpses of them.
Gikany and Una enjoyed the journey of Jillian and Bishop. Although heartbreaking at times, their story was heartwarming. Everything is now set up it seems for the final story, White Knight, and we eagerly await its release. We are anxious to see Knight’s happily ever after and the destruction of the enemy.
Our Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
Some people need something to fight for…
With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.
After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.
Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.
When word reaches them that Jillian’s hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Series: Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Gray Bishop (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2)
Reviews in the Series:
Black Rook by Kelly Meade (Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1)