Book Reviews

Fury's Choice (Afterlife, Inc. 2) by Brey Willows at Bold Strokes Books

Genre Lesbian / Urban Fantasy / Angels/Demons / Mythological Creatures / Gods/Godesses / Romance
Reviewed by Kym Palmer on 10-October-2017

Book Blurb

Fury Tisera Graves needs a break. She wants a normal life, but she can’t see a way out of Afterlife. When the gods begin running marketing campaigns in an effort to woo followers, she steps in to keep them in line, although she really just wants to get away from it all.

Playgirl philanthropist Kera Espinosa made a nearly fatal mistake, and now she’s trying to make up for it by doing good work around the world. She’s got no time for the gods, who don’t do nearly enough. And she’s still searching for the people who nearly destroyed her. When she finds them, she’s prepared to sacrifice it all to make them pay.

When it comes time for both women to choose, will they find love or destruction?

Book Review

This is part two of the paranormal series about ‘Afterlife, Inc.’ that started with ‘Fury’s Bridge’. In book one we met Alec, the first fury, and in this sequel we are introduced to her sister, Tisera.

Tisera is in desperate need of a break from her paranormal life, despite the fact that it is all she has known for millennia. She would like a normal life, but she keeps getting dragged back in to Afterlife by Zed, the father of the gods, to help sort out the new reality the gods face – humans know they exist among them and that is bringing with it a whole heap of marketing and public relations issues.

Kera Espinosa is a philanthropist with a playgirl reputation. Once she made a nearly fatal mistake, and since then she has been following a different path, using her business acumen and contacts to do good work for the needy anywhere in the world. She is a nonbeliever, despite the upbringing she had from her mother, feeling that the gods don’t do anywhere near as much as they should.

Fate brings Kate and Tis together into a passionate connection, and whether Kera likes it or not, her world is about to become bound up in that of the gods. Meanwhile, the man she escaped all those years ago is still out there somewhere…

As with the first in the series, this book is part romance, part paranormal adventure, with a lot of humor and thought-provoking words on religion, belief, and self-determination thrown in.

Tis is a wonderful character, at a significant crossroads in her existence. She has reached that point where she is questioning her very purpose, having spent so many years punishing humans for inflicting horror on others, and yet having to sit back and watch yet more humans follow the same path. She is tired of nothing changing, and she has realized there is a deep loneliness inside her. She has never really let herself love, fearing the heartbreak when her human lover would age and die before her.

Kera has no doubts about herself – she is cocky to the point of obnoxiously arrogant. I’ll be honest, I struggled to like her in places, she was so over-the-top full of herself. I liked her struggle, to try to make amends for her past by doing good now, but found it hard to sympathize with her until the last third of the book. However, having said that, the connection she forms with Tis is sizzling and very believable. And when they team up for some of the more action-orientated scenes, it is real page-turning stuff.

As sequels sometimes are, this was slightly weaker in story than the first book in the series, but it was still well written, with great secondary characters and a good new thread to follow into book three, which I believe is due out in a few months.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 288 pages/88800 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-September-2017
Price $9.99 ebook, $16.95 paperback
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