If you’re planning on reading this second instalment of the stunningly good Alpha’s Claim series by Addison Cain, make sure you do it soon after the first. I left it too long and it made me struggle through the first few chapters, unsure of the intricacies of this universe—which is absolutely one of my favourite fictional universes to date.
However, once I was fully immersed back in it, I couldn’t tear my eyes away. I was reading this at work, hiding my Kindle under my notepad. The character and relationship development between Claire and Shepherd was just fascinating. Cain’s decision to write in the third-person allows us to understand the thoughts and motives of each character (and a few secondary ones), so we can acknowledge the tension and misunderstanding. I loved how Claire and Shepherd swapped places, of a fashion, with Shepherd becoming more human. Their back and forth struggle, and the erotic/romantic undercurrent really was the crux of the novel.
Things feel like they’re building to a head, and from what I’ve heard about book three, it’s going to be a crazy ride. I’ll see you on the other side.