After reading Brenda Tetreault’s ‘Tempted‘ and learning she was writing ‘Salvaged‘, I will admit to maybe being a little impatient waiting for it to be published. I purchased a copy the same night it hit Amazon’s website.
The Nightshade Novels have to be read in order so y’all can keep up with who is who and what’s happening to who. Although Roman and Sabrina head up the cast in the first book of the series, we do meet a lot of the characters who feature in the next few books in the leading roles.
“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned”
As I was reading “Salvaged” for the second time, it struck me that the phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” was quite apt in Caius’ case, except he’s obviously not a woman LOL. I couldn’t remember the whole phrase so I Googled it and I think you will agree, or at least I hope ya do, the first part of the phrase is TOTALLY apt for the son of a God.
“You will be salvaged” – Cupid
“Salvaged” tells us the story of Caius and Wren and the aftermath of a dream vision. Interspersed throughout their story weaves the tale of Caine and Gaela. These four characters have the hardest time of all of Brenda’s characters -in my opinion.
After meeting Caius in “Tempted”, one can hardly fault you for thinking what a completely arrogant, egotistical, low down dirty love rat he is. He uses his powers to seduce and abandon women, leaving them feeling desolate, despairing and worthless.
Caius is bitter and destroyed after his wife suddenly vanishes without a word, Wren is haunted by a vision and the decision she made as a result, Caine is destined to murder the woman he loved and Gaela wants a man who is the one destined to end her life.
Not once did I find the storyline lacking. From start to finish emotions are rife and they range broad across the spectrum – Love, Betrayal, Sorrow, Hurt, Anguish – to name but a few. Each chapter has something in it that just makes you want to keep reading and when you read the final chapter, it’s horrible because then you have the knowledge that you have to wait for the next book to find out what happens to who next.
I will admit to not being a fan of two stories being told in the one book. For me it kinda detracts from the main duo of the story, but I did enjoy “Salvaged” nonetheless. Brenda does a great job of keeping her characters and their surroundings alive for the reader. She also keeps the emotions alive for each character. It’s also extremely easy to love or hate a character because they are portrayed through Brenda’s writing so well. For these reasons, I didn’t drop a Shamrock from my rating.
Loving this series so much that I volunteered to be a Beta reader for “Beloved“, so keep an eye out for my review on that 😀