My Rating- 4 STARS
Synopsis- Avery hasn’t had it easy. When she was ten years old her parents died in a car crash. Now nine years later her Aunt Caroline is the only family she has left. And Caroline is dying. So when Death comes knocking (quite literally) in the form of the damaged and
dangerous, Brennus, Avery makes a deal with the reaper in order to save Caroline.
Brennus is an Ankou. One of the many, once mortal men
and women, who were given the choice to become an immortal in exchange for ferrying the dead over into their afterlife. Nine years ago Brennus took Avery’s parents and tried to take Avery, but she fought him and won. Amazed by her strength Brennus followed Avery and has watched over her. Now he knows Avery is the one to offer him freedom from his obligation to the dead. And he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
My Review- I really enjoyed this short story. I can't say it was as good as the Fire Spirits series. I think the writing was far better in her series, but I couldn't help being sucked in to Drip Drop Teardrop.
As always Samantha Young captures romance and love wonderfully. She develops her characters beautifully, offering us a bit of back story and what events have made them the way they are. Brennus is far from being cheesy or who we would ever consider as good boyfriend material for our daughters, sisters or friends but he is fiercly passionate and will stop at nothing to have Avery, even if it means blackmailing her a little. Despite his darkness and ruthless side, you see a great deal of kindness, loyalty and decency within him. He has made bad and good choices as we all do. I like characters who are not perfect. Brennus felt very real to me as we can all be a little selfish at times.
I didnt connect with Avery until a little later on in this book, though she had lost so much in her short years of life and the one person she had left in the world was dying. She was a little shallow and cared too much about what those around her thought, but of course we were meant to think that about her. Even she had to come to terms with the fact that she was judging Brennus' beauty on the hideous scar on his face. Her friends were just as
shallow. Once Avery learned to see past the scaring, I liked her a little bit more.
I find with short stories that I miss them the moment I finish reading! I needed this to be longer, I wanted it to take longer for the romance to blossom. I wanted to learn more about the characters. Still the length of this story does not take away from how great it was, how well paced the plot was and it just strengthened my love for Samantha Young's books and writing style.
Another great read!