*Very light spoilers for the book*
It's been 3 long years since the last book in the Nightwalkers series came out, Noah, so to say I was eagerly anticipating this newest release, Adam, is an understatement. The epilogue had me ready to throw the book out the window - an HEA for one past couple is ripped away in the first few pages and once I calmed down enough to think about it, I knew there had to be another explanation as to what was going on in this world. Also, had I taken the time to skim through Noah again, I might have remembered a few key details about the 2 young children born into this world during the series, and maybe I'd have been better able to have handled that crazy prologue.
Our leads are Jasmine, who we got to know very well in Damien's book. She's his right hand woman; they've known each other and been best of friends for hundreds of years. She was a bit unlikable early on, I especially didn't like the way she treated Damien's mate, Syreena, but I always figure there's much more than meets the eye with supporting characters, so I was curious to get her POV. The hero is Adam, Jacob's brother, who's been gone for 400 years and believed to be dead. He's back through a series of events that happen during the first third of the book.
Leah, Jacob and Bella's daughter, is the primary point of view that starts the book off, and my favorite part of the entire story happens in the first 100 pages. The timeline almost becomes a supporting character as it plays a huge role in realigning all the characters for the second part of the story. But early on, I loved getting to see the scenes between a young Adam and Jacob that took place 400 years ago. It's during this time that Adam is the Enforcer and Jacob has zero plans or desires to ever take over for Adam if that time were to come. They banter back and forth, spar like only brothers can, and it shows how much they really care about one another. It also sheds more light on just how hard it must have been for Jacob when Adam disappeared for those 400 years. Adam meets a female vampire who's just woken up from her death sleep and is drawn to her like no one he's ever met before. But it's a time when his people and the vampires are at war and to feel anything other than hate for the vampires is a big no-no. They have sparks, but other than a brief moment of touch, they don't get any closer. I really loved getting to see Adam, Jacob and Jasmine during this time, but Leah and her amazing, and really scary ability, impacts Adam hugely and he's ripped from his world and reconnected with Jacob, Noah and all his people in the book's present.
Where this story started lacking for me as it went on was the lead relationship. Not a lot of time is given to Adam and Jasmine. The majority of their page time together is spent dealing with Adam's reaction to the present, which is pretty funny, but also hunting down the horrible Ruth. We get the idea that these two are mates and the imprinting is happening between them, but with everything else that's going on around them and the constant point of view switching, they get lost in the shuffle a bit. From the parts with them that we get, and they do have a bit more time towards the end which include some sweet scenes, I really did enjoy them as a couple, I just wanted more.
I've mentioned the abundance of characters we get caught up with, and it's a lot. I lost track of how many actually get page time and their POV's told. It was great seeing all our past favorites again, and learning what's going on with them and how they're involved with the big fight that was building up the entire book with Ruth.
I feel like I need to give the book two ratings. The first third of the book was fantastic, I was fully engaged in the story and couldn't wait to see where everything was heading, easily 4 stars. The pace really slowed down in the middle and it lost some of the oomph that the beginning had, so my overall rating is 3 1/2 stars. It's a nice read, but I don't feel like I fully got Adam and Jasmine's story. It got a bit lost with everything else that was going on, and while they had some hot scenes together (Adam gets very creative with his shifting into water ability!) I really needed and wanted more scenes for them.
Blog Rating: 3.5/5 stars