“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too."

So this is the sequel to Once Upon a Broken Heart. I actually didn’t realise till when i had started reading it that it was a series.

Not every love is meant to be.

“She used to think love was like a house. Once it was built, a person got to live in it forever. But now she wondered if love was more like a war with new foes constantly appearing and battles creeping up.”

After Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, betrays her, Evangeline Fox swears she’ll never trust him again. Now that she’s discovered her own magic, Evangeline believes she can use it to restore the chance at happily ever after that Jacks stole away.

“In the morning, you can forget it. You can go back to pretending you don’t like me, and I can pretend that I don’t care. But for tonight, let me pretend you’re mine.”

It picks up right where the previous book ends, but naturally, things get worse for Evangeline. While she’s trying to reverse a curse with her own newly discovered magical abilities, she realizes that someone put a new curse on her, and even worse, it forces her right back into a dangerous partnership with Jacks, who she was hoping to avoid.

“The story curse was familiar with pain, but this was agony, the sort of raw grief that was only seen once in a century. The Fate was every tear that anyone had ever shed for lost love. He was pain given form.”

Only this time, the rules have changed. Jacks isn’t the only force Evangeline needs to be wary of. In fact, he might be the only one she can trust, despite her desire to despise him.

“Sorry to break your fairytale, Little Fox, but ballads don’t end happily, and neither do the two of us.”

Instead of a love spell wreaking havoc on Evangeline’s life, a murderous spell has been cast. To break it, Evangeline and Jacks will have to do battle with old friends, new foes, and a magic that plays with heads and hearts. Evangeline has always trusted her heart, but this time she’s not sure she can…Over the course of the last book, Evangeline relied on her head and her heart to guide her path. But in this book, there’s a magic that interferes with both, and she doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s torn between what she wants and what she thinks is right, and her quest forces her to cross lines that she swore she would never cross.

“Dark was for stars and dreams and the magic that took place in between days.”

I definitely loved this more than Once Upon a Broken Heart. There’s something addictive and alluring about Garber’s writing that has me hooked and I cannot wait for the next book in this series to be released later this year. Her stories have this dreamy, fairy tale quality that transport me from my everyday life into a fantasy world where magic exists and Fates walk among the people, making deals that never work out as expected. A place where dresses are gorgeous and there are fabulous parties full of all kinds of outrageous things. And that’s just part of what keeps me reading. Garber manages to convey both youth and naïveté, while maintaining the perfect amount of tension throughout the story.

“Happy endings can be caught, but they are difficult to hold on to. They are dreams that want to escape the night. They are treasure with wings. They are wild, feral, reckless things that need to be constantly chased, or they will certainly run away.”

I loved seeing our little fox’s journey even more in this book, because it gave her an even new depth of character. It made her more relatable, since she was pushed into difficult decisions. While they’re more extreme than real-life situations tend to be, the fallout from them were similar to the emotional reactions us mere mortals experience when we’re experiencing mental conflict from crossing our own moral boundaries, which does happen.

“She feared that dreams were like fairytales, a little bit true and not entirely trustworthy”

As expected, the story wraps up beautifully, while still leaving us with a cliffhanger ending that has me sitting on tenterhooks for the final book in this series! I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I’m absolutely looking forward to seeing how everything resolves for all of our characters, including Jacks, but especially Evangeline, who is now torn between a few different potential outcomes.

“I wish our story could have had another ending.”

Until next time and keep an eye out for the final book in this trilogy, A Curse for True Love.

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D x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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