Some ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead.
Finally. Finally everything is coming together for Liz Brantley.
She’s marrying Ryland Vaughn, the man of her dreams. She’s embraced her calling and battles the minions of hell bent on her destruction. And she’s left her dark past far behind her.
Or so she thought.
A secret she holds close, stuffed down deep, surfaces at the wrong time for everyone in Liz’s life, leaving a trail of devastation. Left reeling, Liz wonders if she made a mistake, putting her trust in God, her guardian Arie, and Ryland.
And the demon Kade capitalizes on her shaken faith. With a vengeance.
Torn between her tortured past and the future she craves, Liz is desperate to defeat every demon that stands in her way.
Before all hell breaks loose and swallows her whole (from Amazon).
Another intense read from Amy Brock McNew, where she spills vast quantities of guts (literal, emotional, and spiritual) on the page and gets in your face with some incredibly charged, action-packed moments.
First thing: I love how this gal writes fight scenes. You see, hear, smell, and feel every moment of battle, and she manages to capture the adrenaline of fighting without glorifying a moment of the actual carnage.
Stubborn, fiery Liz Brantley and her fierce alpha male fiance Ryland Vaughn are in over their heads with trouble, and McNew captures every agonizing detail. She effortlessly weaves in their relationship issues and trauma with the ongoing plot, and makes you deal with every situation along with them. At times, I really wanted to strangle each of them for their stupidity and failure to let go of the past, but I chalk that up to good characterization. Ultimately, they learn to work together, rather than separately in suspicion.
The world opens up a bit wider with the addition of Nate and Ilona. I enjoyed their budding relationship. They provided a much-needed counterpoint to the drama of the main characters. I only wish we had more of them, but I hear that McNew is writing a novella for that very purpose!
Also, I super-love the small town setting! Always a fun part of these books.
Since this is a super-intense, all-the-feels kind of story, it can get really draining to read. Also, it is unabashedly “alpha male faces off against spunky alpha female in all avenues of life as warriors for God.” If any of those rub you the wrong way, this is not the book for you.
Note: Reconciliation is squarely in the adult category. Intense violence, strong emotional content, fiery romance, and mature themes. Nothing gratuitous, but all very much there in spades.
Final Verdict: sheer, unapologetic paranormal romance hot sauce with a side of sweet Oreos. Expect fight scenes (both kinds), overcoming demons (figurative and literal), and open faith.