While Pierce tries to deal with the aftereffects of her new and "unpierced" self, Lucas relives the week leading up to that fateful night when he was forced into doing the one thing he vowed he never would - inflict his disease on another human being.
As if he didn't hate himself enough already.
As she attempts to come to terms with the new her - the Pierce that is stronger, faster and less reliant on her former "dependencies" - she begins to settle into an unfamiliar, yet longed for, "normal" life with her new found circle of family and friends.
Pierce is finally able to do what her maker never was - embrace, accept and thrive from what she has become.
It is tricky negotiating the relentless pull of the mate bond between them when one is still traumatized by memories of childhood sexual abuse and the other point blank refuses to acknowledge (out loud at least) that there is a mate bond at all.
With Pierce's not-so-subtle help, Lucas comes face to face with the fact that maybe it's time for him to start coming to terms with this "affliction" too.
But it is not going to be easy.
Especially when they come into contact with another pack for the first time.
Author: J.C. Mells
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Pierced, Escaped, Perfect, Napoleon - a novella
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Escaped, Perfect, Napoleon - a novella
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: September 1st 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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YES! YES! YES! I love this book! Pinked is such a wild ride this is going to be a hard review to write. I just want to gush over everything but I can’t without doing spoilers so I’ll give it a shot.
My favorite character from the series is still Pierce but Lucas is coming in for a VERY close second. The whole story reads like peeling an onion, so many layers are revealed about each character. The story line starts with a bit of history from Lucas’ point a view that gives quite a ‘Oh I get it now’ feeling. The whole story reads like peeling an onion, so many layers are revealed about each character. While some revelation I rather expected there were others that blindsided me. There is so much that happens in this story but instead of getting lost in the details, the author does an excellent job of adding each layer. The interactions between all the characters is intricate and fascinating. While there are several laugh out loud moments, there are also some profoundly sad.
Two words of warning about reading Pinked. There is a confrontation towards the end of the book between Pierce and the antagonist of the book (nope I’m not going to tell you who) that some readers might bit a disturbing. The second – Author J.C. Mells is a bit sadistic in her detailed description of fried chicken. *DROOLS!* If you can walk away without immediately heading to your kitchen and whipping up a batch, you are a stronger reader than I am.
I know the minute this series ends I will go into severe withdrawals. Lucky for me, there’s a cliffhanger and for once I’m over the moon happy about it. If you haven’t had a chance to read this series, I highly recommended it. Get Pierced, get Escaped, then get Pinked!
I received this book from JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
BTW…This cover totally ROCKS!