~Book Review~ “The Knight” (R. Caine High School Book 2) by Victoria Danann

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As an adult reader, I never thought I would become so invested in a young adult series . . . however, Victoria Danann has sucked me right back into high school with her R. Caine series.

This book opens where book one, The Game Begins left off.  As if moving to a new town and finding out things are not quite as they seem, Ever now has to deal with having one of her class mates temporarily move into her home while his parents are out of the country.

Jean Marre, also new to town as are many students this semester, is struggling to discover why he feels a compulsion to watch over Ever and make sure she is safe.  He also struggles to deal with his aversion to Mercury Ryder . . .who also seems to always show up wherever Ever happens to be.

While attempting to deal with life as high school students, strange things continue to make themselves known at R. Caine.  Ever and Jean Marre will need every advantage they can to figure out exactly what is going on.  Alliances will be formed and enemies will be discovered as the game and its players begins to be revealed.

Victoria Danann has done an incredible job of turning R. Caine High School into a crazy game board for the Gods.  As each player is revealed, the plot thickens.  I love the dichotomy the characters face as they begin to have memories of who they truly are and how they must figure out the game and how to play.  Ever, Gaga and Jean Marre, with a little help from Mercury Ryder make one heck of a team and have me completely intrigued and eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series.

5 stars

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About the Book:

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2np2U54

Synopsis:

Life just couldn’t get stranger.

Or could it?

Jean Marre’s recent life has been one big surprise right after another. First his family moved to SoCal from a remote French Canadian town. Then he began feeling a strange compulsion to watch over a smart little blonde named Ever Moore. In fact he found himself restless, distracted, and uncomfortable if she wasn’t around.

Before there was time to adjust to any of that, he was informed that his parents were going to South Africa for a few months and leaving him with his mother’s friend, who happened to be Ever’s mother. 

This installment of THE GAME identifies five more players as the connection between Ever and Jean Marre deepens.

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Excerpt:

Jean Marre folded himself into the front passenger seat of Ever’s car to ride to school. For the entire fifteen minutes it took to get there, neither said one word to the other. That did not, however, mean that they didn’t dork with each other all the way there.


Jean Marre’s opening shot was to change her satellite radio to a different channel. Hair Band Nation.

She gaped at him for a full four seconds when her eyes should have been on the road before punching the number one button to return to Sounds of the SuperNow. He stared at her blankly for a matching four seconds then, without taking his gaze away from her or changing expression, reached over and pushed the button to return to “last played”. Hair Band Nation.

After three more volleys, Ever turned the radio off with a snarl. When Jean Marre started to reach for it, she gave him a look that froze his hand midair. He withdrew the offending appendage, but the challenge Ever offered with her look brought a gleam of amusement to his eyes.

He did not touch the radio again.

Instead he rolled down his window which, of course, threatened to make a beachy wreck of her hair. She rolled it back up. He rolled it down. She rolled it back up and, with a sneer of victory, pushed the child lock into place before he could do it again. His bark of laughter surprised her and, if she was being perfectly honest, pleased her.

She was not being perfectly honest. He had a nice laugh, but she was not ready to give him any concession.
She pulled into her assigned parking space, which was located in the remotest region of Mongolia because she was a sophomore, got out, and started walking without looking back. It was a hike, but at least she could bring a car, unlike freshmen.

Halfway there she looked over her shoulder. Jean Marre was about twenty feet behind her. “Don’t worry about me.” He grinned. “I like the view from here.”

Understanding the implication, Ever sped up, which made Jean Marre laugh loud enough for her to hear. The boy seemed to revel in being exasperating. That realization caused Ever to think she needed to reform her approach to Jean Marre. Perhaps she needed to think in terms of opposite world, since everything she did rendered the reverse of a desired effect.

She stopped, got control of her breathing, waited for him to catch up then fell in at the same pace. She would never admit that they were walking together. Only that they were moving toward the same place at the same time at the same speed. Together.

When he said, “Excellent choice,” she knew it was his snidely quiet way of letting her know she’d been manipulated. By a boy who didn’t even want to go to college. He could not be more irritating if he tried. For all she knew, he was trying to get under her skin.

 

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About the Author:

Victoria Danann is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen romances. For the past four years in a row, Victoria’s Knights of Black Swan series have won prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Awards for both BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES and PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVEL OF THE YEAR. This past year three of her series and three of her novels were nominated. Two of her series took the top two places and two of her books took first and second place in the PNR Novel of the Year category.

In addition to vampire hunting knights, Victoria writes other paranormal romance, scifi, fantasy, contemporary bikers, and teen.

Victoria co-hosts the popular ROMANCE BETWEEN THE PAGES podcast which can be found on itunes or at → http://www.romancecast.com

WEBSITE: → http://www.VictoriaDanann.com
FACEBOOK: → http://www.facebook.com/victoriadanannbooks

The rich characterizations come from being a lifelong student of behavior, casually, and a serious student of behavior academically. She has also studied comparative religion, myths, and Dark Ages history.

Victoria lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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