Title: Winters Rising
Author: Shannyn Leah
Publisher: Carlex Ruby Press
Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Brea was born a Second, a lowly class of people in the Lexcon society. But she also bore the birthmark that destined her to marry a Gatekeeper, the “superheroes” of their world. Some called her destiny a great privilege. She called it doomed to a cage with no key.
Gatekeepers were born and raised to ensure time remained untainted and unchanged, but Brea saw them as overlords who looked down on her kind… on Seconds.
Forced to marry Gatekeeper Jax Winters, Brea vows not to complete the ritual bonding with him until she can talk with council about how Seconds are treated. She plans to use her newfound status to help the plight of those born like her.
But she never dreams of the twist her life will take, moving her into a higher position than she’d ever dreamed. Will she and Jax always be at odds, or will their hearts bond together as their souls already have? Will Brea change the future of Lexcon, or will she be forever doomed to live life in the dark?
MY TAKE ON THIS BOOK
The author, Shannyn Leah, gave me an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
I wanted to read this book as I’m a sucker for time-travel books with a dash of romance. The cover looks so beautiful!!Loved the detailing in the design of the Winter’s crest.
The book starts with a mysterious man traveling to the future and altering the future of the Lexcon( time traveling society of elders, Gatekeepers and Seconds). The main character, Brea, a Second whose life changes when she realizes she is chosen to marry a Gatekeeper( time travelers) as she bears the mark on her neck. Gatekeepers are always born as triplets. I knew right then the first book in this series will focus on the first born of the triplets.
Brea is one bad ass women. She refuses to complete the ritual bonding with her husband, Jax Winters. She feels that Seconds are not treated equally as the Gatekeepers and they are kept in dark regarding the council matters. Brea wants to fight the council for the status of the Seconds.
Jax Winters, Gatekeeper, first born and his kids with Brea will be the next generation triplets to be Gatekeepers. He cares deeply for Brea and defends her when his family members look down at Brea. He slowly falls in love with Brea by the end of this book. Jax is the perfect husband.
I loved how the author included both Brea and Jax’s POVs in the book. There are many funny moments in the book especially Gabrielle (Jax’s sister). Her mouth doesn’t have a filter and love when Brea and Gabrielle team up against Jax. The romance between Brea and Jax is hot and sizzling.
The minus for me was that Brea and Jax keep fighting a lot. They have a romantic moment and Jax says something which upsets Brea and they start fighting. They resolved their issues and confess their feelings only in the last part of the book. Another thing was that the book started two days after Brea and Jax’s took their vows. Wish the author included had their POV when Brea and Jax realized that they were going to be bonded. I felt we don’t know the backstory of Brea and Jax which I hope will be explained in the sequels.
If you love a mix of time travel, romance, humor and bad-ass heroine then you better get this book!!!!