Sunday, June 21, 2020

This Time Tomorrow (Phenomenal Fate #2) by Tessa Bailey: ARC Review

Blurb:

Roksana, heiress to the vampire slayer throne, has performance anxiety.

She's supposed to kill Elias, but so far she's only succeeded in maxing out his credit card. Now her failure to stake the brooding vampire has sent her back to Moscow in disgrace to face her mother's wrath. Expecting punishment by death, she's given a rare reprieve. She now has three tasks to complete, the last of which is to finally kill Elias. She will not fail this time.

If only the memories of one magical evening--back when Elias was human--would stop holding her back. He claims to have forgotten that night. Why can't she?

Three years ago, Elias was a SWAT team member on a guys' weekend in Vegas. Playing poker and minding his own business, his life changed forever when a captivating blonde strolled past his table in a light-up bra. He followed Roksana as if compelled, his very bones demanding he do so, his soul resonating with the belief she would be important to him. Always. That turned out to be a vast understatement--and nothing has changed.

Roksana embarks on her mission, determined to win back her mother's approval, but when an astonishing truth emerges in the eleventh hour, will her stake pierce the very heart that beats in her honor? Or will love triumph over duty?

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About the Author:

Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.


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Yvette's Review:

If you thought a relationship between a vampire and a human was forbidden, I’ve got two words: vampire slayer (think the badassessedness and snark of Buffy, but with a Russian accent). In Reborn Yesterday, Tessa Bailey teased us with the possibility of a romance between a certain brooding vampire and the tough-as-nails slayer he was oh-so-clearly pining over. In This Time Tomorrow, Elias and Roksana get their own story, and it’s everything you could want in a forbidden romance, with drama, conflict, and plenty of delicious sexual tension. If you thought Reborn Yesterday was sexy, swoon-worthy, and heartfelt, prepare yourself, because Tessa Bailey doesn’t pull any punches with This Time Tomorrow.

What I didn’t expect, but was pleasantly surprised to discover, was that there was so much more history between Roksana and Elias than I could’ve imagined just from reading Reborn Yesterday. Turns out there’s a reason not just for Roksana’s seemingly unprovoked hostility towards the hulking, growly vampire, but for Elias’s silent, yet palpable longing for the temperamental slayer. I won’t spoil anything by elaborating, but to say that they have unfinished business is a serious understatement. It’s this unfinished business that keeps drawing them together over the course of This Time Tomorrow, strengthening their already-intense connection.

What makes this pairing so interesting is that Roksana and Elias couldn’t be more different. Roksana is wild and impulsive, allowing every thought to pass from her brain to her mouth unfiltered, whereas Elias is gruff and more reserved, keeping his emotions closely guarded. Elias holds himself back, but Roksana slowly chips away at his restraint until his passion is unleashed with a single-minded determination (of course, a mysterious potion might have sped things up in that regard). Stark differences aside, these two have a raw, primal chemistry that becomes this pure, unadulterated need for each other. Roksana drives Elias to become this possessive, obsessive otherworldly creature. The transformation is indescribably sexy and exemplifies why I love paranormal romance so much. Their romance is quite simply transcendent.

A forbidden romance between a vampire and a slayer is undoubtedly a captivating premise, but it’s the emotional intimacy between Elias and Roksana as well as their scorching hot, downright dirty sexual connection that makes This Time Around such a memorable read. With the introduction of new conflicts and new characters, This Time Around delves further into the world of the supernatural, adding new elements of danger and suspense. The narrative also sets the stage for what’s coming next in the Phenomenal Fate Series, and I for one, can’t wait for Tucker’s story.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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