Review: We Shall Rise

Part of the Bewitching Book Tours Interview with JE, here's my review.

Book Blurb:

War surrounds him, yet for vampire Kaden Gaspard, there is no greater battle than the one his mind has waged against his heart. He knows he should stay away from her. Reysa. The half-breed vampire warrior who had risked her life to prove his innocence for the seven murders for which he was accused, but had not committed. This stubbornly loyal woman who dedicated her life to her family of misfits - immortals shunned and abandoned by their clans for their impurity of blood and genetic mutations. This courageous and valiant African warrior who Kaden fears could never love the monster that he is destined to be.

As Kaden and Reysa struggle to accept the undeniable bond between them, they must come together to stop the emerging terror that threatens to destroy all immortals. The lesser immortals – witches, sages, shifters, demons, hybrids, charmers and foreseers – have declared war against the pureblood vampires and lycans who have used their purity of blood and greater strength to enslave the weaker races. No immortal is safe. This is a fight for freedom and a fight against genocide. There can be no true victor as death looms for them all.

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About the Author:
J.E. Hopkins is a practicing attorney in New York and an avid fiction writer. Hopkins holds a Juris Doctor from St. John's University and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

J.E. Hopkins published her first novel, The Broken, in 2007. She subsequently published her first paranormal romance of the Misfits of the Lore Series, Lover's Betrayal, in 2011.

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My Review:

Ok, this one started off a little slow to me, but gradually picked up. What I liked most about this book was the kick ass attitude of Reysa and her love for her family and friends. She was a strong female character and I enjoyed that.
Kaden was something else entirely. He was selfish and really didn't care for anyone else other than himself. But there was a reason for it. Abused by his father as a child and he doesn't trust most people.
The story between Kaden and Reysa starts in the first book in the series, which is about Kaden's mom. Reysa helps his mom get over a deadly drug addiction. From there Kaden wants her...badly and realizes that she is his mate. The problem is that he afraid of becoming his father. Reysa has a family to take care of. She has an adopted daughter with her childhood friend Chris in their home in New Orleans. With the ever growing threat of war between the purebreds and half-breeds, she can't deal with Kaden and his issues.
Like I said, love the story. There was a whole lot of sexual tension between Kaden and Reysa and OMG, did they both fight it. I was getting impatient, but when they did do the "do" there are sparks. Some things, I didn't like was the constant complaints against Kaden. It grated on my nerves and I didn't like it. I think the male and female leads should be equal in a story and I didn't get that in this one. I kind of thought Kaden was beat up on in the story an that turned me off.

I did like the strong relationships between everyone in the book. I thought the story was very well written and there was a lot of history in the pages, a good romance story and a kick ass action (for Reysa).
I'll be reading the third book in the series because I'm so anxious to find out about Kaden's brother Julian (who worked my nerves too). I also want to finish finding out about the war about to brew between the purebreds and half-breeds.

Loved the story and it characters and absolutely love that the main couple were interracial. I think there are very stories out there and I enjoyed reading this one. It was a good read.

My Rating

5 Black Orchids

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