I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the author for an honest review
“Bear was beautiful as he was hard. He was as complex as he was simple. He was both the storm and the calm. The fear and the solace. The rage and the peace. My life and my love.”
Hopefully you all have read Lawless by now. Soulless is part 2 of Lawless and it continues Bear and Thia’s epic love story. If you haven’t read Lawless, this review will have some spoilers. Lawless left us with Bear in jail trying to protect Thia. A war is raging between Bear and the Beach Bastards. Both he and Thia are fighting for their love and their lives. In Soulless, Bear and Thia’s story unfolds as we get glimpses of both Bear and Thia’s past. Bear has to find a way back to Thia while finding a way to protect everyone they love. A few new characters are introduced and there are several interesting twists in this story. There is violence, but it’s actually not as violent as the previous books. And of course, the heart of the story remains a true love story.
“We deserved our chance at life. At love. At figuring out what any of this meant. It was far from a romance. But it was still a love story. And it was ours.”
I loved Lawless and I was so excited to continue Bear and Thia’s story in Soulless. I always love T. M. Frazer’s writing. She manages to somehow romanticize and glorify this crazy world that these outlaws live in. It’s violent and disturbing at times, but somehow I’m always rooting for them. Bear and Thia were completely made for each other. At times, I questioned their sanity and psyche and was rather disturbed by some of their behaviors, but they were quite the pair. They matched each other in every way. Their love was so palpable and their chemistry was off the charts. It was quite STEAMY!! Bear was so hard, but when it came to Thia, he was just a big ball of mush. He was so in love and I loved how much he loved her.
“He lifted my hands by my wrists and pressed my open palms to his chest. “This is your home.”
Thia and Bear’s love story is obviously the focus of the book, but there are a few developments at the end that just makes this book even better. I loved the back story about Grace and the real relationship she had with Bear. It was so touching and a nice twist to the story. Then there is this wonderful epilogue. The epilogue is sweet and bright. It wraps everything up for Bear and Thia. It was just done right.
“Just yes. Just Bear. Just me. Just Forever.”
“Home for me would always and forever, be Bear. We started as a broken promise, one never meant to be kept. We ended on the promise of forever.”
But more than that, there is a twist at the end that is EPIC! I’m not going to give spoilers but it’s a doozy and it made me so happy but so confused at the same time. I was fist pumping in the air, but then questioning everything and wanting to reread King and Tyrant. It’s not a cliffhanger, but I was left needing another book.
So now that I pointed out all the wonderful things about Soulless, you might be wondering why 4.5 and not 5 stars. I had some minor issues that made me feel the book was a 4 star, but the ending was a solid 5, so I averaged it out to be 4.5 stars.
I was expecting Soulless to jump right in where we left off in Lawless, but to my surprise, the book takes a bit of a detour. It gives a lot more background information for Bear and Thia, which is good but at times, I felt the story line was sidetracked a little. There were moments I started questioning where the story was going. Also, I found this book a little more disturbing than the other books. There are a few scenes that are beyond disturbing, like psycho level kind of disturbing. I think T. M. Frazer could have left some details out.
Overall though, it was a great book. I highly recommend it. Also, I have to point out how much I liked Rage. She’s a new character introduced and I’m hoping she gets her own story too. =) Happy reading!!