Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Gray Bishop
Author: Kelly Meade
Series: Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2
Heroine/Hero: Jillian Reynolds/Bishop McQueen
Genre: M/F Paranormal
Length: 313 Pages
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Available at: Intermix, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Some people need something to fight for…
With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.
After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.
Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.
When word reaches them that Jillian’s hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…
It’s been a few weeks since the death of Fiona and things have been quiet around Cornerstone. That is until the run finds a location filled with decimated half-breeds, as well as, full-blooded and half-breed loups coming to their town for sanctuary. Add to that, Jillian’s hometown gets attacked causing more and more deaths. With the triplets back in action and hellbent on revenge of their sister and possibly recapturing Knight, will Jillian and Bishop be able to survive the latest attacks when they come too close to home? And when they’re put into a position that will make or break them as a couple, will they be able to withstand the troubles that come with it while protecting their family and their run?
While Black Rook focused a lot on the hybrids and their destruction, Gray Bishop deals more with the run and its troubles than anything else. Yes, the storyline on the triplets continues and they still wreak havoc but this book is mostly based on the after affects of the triplets attacks, especially those to Jillian’s hometown and that run merging with Cornerstone. Not to mention, the triplets are killing so many more loups, some of which are wolves that I, as a reader, adored from the beginning. It’s sad and made me want to cry but it needed to happen. Not only because it causes everyone to reassess their positions and their situation but also because it makes everyone stronger in the end because the individuals that die, don’t die in vain… if that makes any sense. What I mean is, by the end of the book, everyone grows stronger and even those who started to unravel at the end of Black Rook become more determined and focused.
This book is sort of crazy because there’s just so much that happens within the run that there’s truly no area of this world that is unaffected. As for the characters, I loved being able to see more of Jillian and Bishop. Personally, it was great to finally get inside Bishop’s head and realize that while he may be calm and collected on the outside, he actually harbors a ton of guilt on the inside for everything that’s happened to Knight, as well as, his mom. It’s extremely sad because none of it was his fault but that doesn’t stop him from feeling like a bad big brother. Jillian holds a different sort of pain, one caused by mourning her dead husband and child. She’s strong and stubborn, though, and both those traits allow her to stand up to Bishop and hold her own. They’re both emotionally damaged in their own way but they were able to heal each other and support one another, mentally and physically. I loved them as a couple and am so glad that Bishop got his own HEA!
My only issue with this one is I thought that Bishop and Jillian’s “I love you’s” were a little… sudden. I mean, they really don’t know each other and I feel like their “love” is more like either lust or totally based off their wolves’ emotions since Jillian and Bishop didn’t have a real conversation outside of the hybrid issue and grieving they both went through. Still, it wasn’t a HUGE issue but I couldn’t help but notice that, unlike Rook and Brynn, they didn’t really get to know each other.
In the end, this was a fabulous sequel to Black Rook. While it continues the storyline of the hybrids, it’s mainly about the internal conflicts within the run and its dynamics. I loved getting to see it but also meeting new wolves and getting to know Bishop and Jillian a little better. Knight’s book is next and I just CANNOT WAIT for it! It’s going to be EPIC, I can feel it!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*