An undying love threatened by darkness...
James' worst nightmare has come true. From the grave his father has poisoned the woman he loves, and James will do anything to save her.
Ainsley is stuck in a world she barely knows. She struggles to come to terms with the new life she never asked for and her intense connection with James.
When darkness threatens to destroy everything, they must face their greatest fears and the possibility their love is no match for the darkness.
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We finally return to James and Ainsley's story in Forged in Ice by Alyssa Rose Ivy! I am pretty much a hardcore fan of Alyssa these days! I ADORE here Paranormal New Adult reads! There are so few in the NA genre, but I eat hers up every time because they are all so extraordinarily awesome! And what's even cooler, is that pretty much all her series encompass one another in some way. Meaning...we're going to see some familiar faces in this one!
Ainsley is now James' kindred, but there's a lot more to it than he's telling her. Mainly, that she's been poisoned by his dead father and that Ainsley basically craves James. While it may seem romantic in part, it pretty much means she literally cannot live without him. And if you know Ainsley at all from the first book, she's a pretty independent young woman. Though, she doesn't really understand what's happening between her and James, she just knows that she's in love, and that part is totally true.
James is trying to figure out what his dead dad did to Ainsley and this involves a lot of traveling through the worlds. They come back to Ainsley's world at one point with Talon and Henry in tow in order to track down a certain group of wolves who may be able to help shine some light onto their current dilemma. Yes, wolves!!! DIRE WOLVES!!! I was pretty much bouncing in my seat when Talon mentioned needing to see someone from Ainsley's world!
I just love seeing all these characters make cameo appearances. And it's almost more than just a cameo as the Dires are going to help James and everyone out! I won't get into the technicalities of what all that encompasses, but just know that familiar faces will be seen!!
Another predicament that comes about is Ainsley's friend Grace suddenly goes missing. And it's in a really weird roundabout way. It's one of the more confounding mysteries of the story, and sadly, it doesn't get resolved this go around. Nor do we do much investigating as it kinda pops up during their search for answers regarding problem #1! So I suspect this will get resolved in the next book, but it leaves me itching to wonder what happened to Grace! A ton of theories are going through my brain because Alyssa has totally taken me by surprise before...so any one of them could be correct!
And as far as romance goes, I think it's safe to say Ainsley and James are happily in love! They really click with one another and I think Ainsley is adjust well to James' world. It's been a little too long since I last read their first book, but memory vaguely recalls Ainsley being a little skittish over things. But I love that they're in love now! I love watching the slow burn romance and I love seeing their relationships get more and more serious as well!
The ending here leaves you with a few too many questions, but all we can hope for is that the next book won't be too far behind Daisy and Owen's next book! Alyssa Rose Ivy is the best Paranormal New Adult author I've ever read! If you're looking for that paranormal element in your NA reads, then pick up any of her series!! But I highly suggest starting at the beginning with Flight! ;)
Overall Rating 4.90/5 stars--yes another awkward rating...my poor memory left me staggering in the first few chapters as I couldn't recall much of what had happened, but I quickly overlooked that and dove into the story at large!