ARC Review: Fallen (Shadows of Regia, #1) by Tenaya Jayne @TenayaJayne

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I will not submit to the man who killed my best friend…no matter what destiny says.

Half vampire and wealthy playboy, Maddox lives his life in the public eye and thoroughly enjoys his bad reputation. But what most people believe of him is not who he really is. Life has always been easy for Maddox, but now a dark figure moves through the shadows slaughtering innocent young women, and the evidence points at him as his exes start turning up dead with his name carved into their skin.

Erin hates everything Maddox stands for and when her best friend becomes the most recent in the line of mysterious killings, she has no doubt the rich lothario is responsible. Torn by grief, Erin decides to take matters into her own hands and she will stop at nothing to make Maddox pay.

But when the two rivals finally come head to head, neither is prepared for the sparks that fly or the eternal bond that destiny weaves between their souls. Maddox is desperate to keep Erin by his side and prove to her his innocence. Erin would rather die than submit to being his destined life mate… And her death is just what the killer has in mind.

This is a full novel. Book 1 of 3 in The Shadows of Regia Trilogy.

My rating: 4.5/5

I’m honored to be an early reviewer for this first book in the Legends of Regia spinoff series. I was a huge fan of the original seven books and just this author in general, so of course I jumped at the chance to review!

The plot:

The development of Erin and Maddox’s relationship was amazing. I think their story arc was actually the best one this author has written yet. She did a fantastic job pacing the characters’ personal growth and their inner insecurities/complexities. I was truly impressed.

I docked this book by half a star because of the anticlimatic resolution to the antagonist(s). The main villain of the story had a great deal of potential, but I really felt it wasn’t carried through. I’ve seen the author can do so much better and I was a little disappointed. However, the book was a wholesale success otherwise and I think this trilogy is off to a strong start.

The characters:

Erin has a great deal of conflict in her character, especially with regard to her bond with Maddox. The suspense with her character was nearly overwhelming, but that made it that much better. I appreciated that she had as much character development as Maddox and grows the same as he does.

Maddox has some glaringly obvious character flaws, but the potential for decency are clearly present from the beginning. His reform wasn’t instantaneous like some PNR heroes and I was SO GRATEFUL.

We also get to see some of the original series’ couples’ married lives and it was so sweet! It’s great to have a snapshot of the world 20 years after it was saved, if nothing else. Not all the problems are solved and there are some new ones, but you can see how the struggles of the original series paid off.

The world of Regia is back with a new generation and a new series you don’t want to miss!

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