With his two younger brothers surpassing him in power, Pierce Blackmoor sets out to prove that he’s still badass as ever. While doing so, however, he loses control of himself and his power, not only scaring his family but nearly killing them. When he comes back to himself, Pierce doesn’t like what he hears and takes off on his motorcycle to clear his head. At the edge of the vast Blackmoor estate, Pierce is surprised when out of nowhere a near naked and bedraggled man appears. So surprised, Pierce punches him in the nose. Even more so when, after taking Kale back to the manor, he discovers the cute guy is a shifter—a bird shifter Pierce nearly killed with his magic faux pas.
The appearance of Kale in the human world, outside of Aeaea, is enough to raise eyebrows, but in conjunction with Ben missing and the Conclave problems, Pierce and the rest of the Blackmoors go on alert. A disease is making its way through Aeaea and the shifters need the help of the Conclave and, by extension, the protector families.
The appearance of a new foe and Pierce’s desire to protect Kale only add to the pressure coming at Pierce. As the oldest son, it’s his job to keep everyone safe and to make sure their mission is completed as quick as possible. But nothing to do with Ben is ever easy, and neither is protecting those Pierce loves.
Soul Struck is the third book in the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series. It is meant to be read in order with the rest of the series.
I’ll be honest—I was really looking forward to this book. From day one, Pierce was this asshole badass, take no prisoners kind of guy. I liked it. He seemed confident as opposed to overly cocky, even if cocky was still part of his repertoire. I expected him to be more alpha than overbearing. But he wasn’t any of those things. Not only was I disappointed that his consistency seemed off, but he was a whiner. In this book, he’s supposed to be twenty-eight but he acts like he’s a teenager—trying to best his brothers to prove he’s the most powerful, whining and running away when he should stay and talk stuff out. This happened through over half of the book. I was both frustrated by his character and disappointed by it.
I’m of two minds when it comes to this story and it really lies in halves. The first half of this book reads as if it should be a young adult novel—bratty, entitled, and all over the place. The second half I liked better. The story picks up. A new nemesis is introduced. New conflict emerges and adds well to the old conflict. And then the ending happens. Like I said earlier, I’ve been looking forward to this book—partly because of my desire for Pierce’s story, but mostly because the arch nemesis should have been taken down and everyone lives happily ever after (I mean the series is called Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge and since there are only three brothers, one would assume there would be three books, therefore a conclusion), but there is not. Okay, that’s not fair. There is a conclusion to a big part of the story, but then we’re slapped with a new problem that is. Left. Hanging.
Most of my like for this book came from the revisits to Mason and Drake. They continue to be my favorite story of this series.
Unfortunately, while I really liked the first book of the three brothers, the series has continually declined for me. I’m glad Pierce got a story, but it was difficult for me to focus on much outside of his personality changes. If there is another book in this series, which I can only assume there will be with the way it ended, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.