Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date Published: May 16th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Melissa Reizian Frank
Source: Provided by author for honest review
Description: Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the hunters guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.
When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It has been quite a while since I hung out with the characters in the Cassie Scot world, and I did miss them a bit. Kaitlin’s Tale is another spin-off to the Cassie Scot series, and the final book in that world. So I suppose reading it is a bit bittersweet.
What I enjoyed about this book is the romance was not the primary focus, like the original series, but not so much like the first spin off, Madison’s Song. The romance was a slow burn, with tension and attraction, but allowing a build up of trust and alliances first. I really liked the build up between Kaitlin and Matthew, from sharing their most private fears and truths, to having each other’s backs when they needed support.
Another aspect I loved? We have a formerly disliked character who got a chance at redemption and a chance to prove how valuable he is, and what a good leader he can become. Matthew really shows himself and those around him what he’s truly made of, and he’s certainly more than just a mind mage who wants power.
The plot gets dark at times as we get to know the plans of the creepy but charismatic Alexander and we see what the scary ancient vampire Xavier is planning. While I can’t say the story is completely wrapped up with a bow, we get set on the path for closure and the good guys hopefully ending up on top. But it is left open ended enough that should our author decide to revisit this world, maybe she will?
As for the narrator, I liked her better this time than previously, but I’m still not a huge fan of her voice or reading style. She’s a bit reporter-like, as I mentioned in my review of Madison’s Song, but she didn’t rub me wrong this time around.