Between Frost and Fury (The Xenith Trilogy)
By: Chani Lynn Feener
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: July 24th, 2018
Delaney has been kidnapped by aliens. Again. After only a month back on Earth with her hotnew alien boyfriend Ruckus, the deadly and devastatingly handsome prince Trystan has dragged her right back to his planet.
While some girls may dream of winning a prince’s heart, Delaney just wishes this one would leave her alone. Instead, she finds herself at the center of both a tense political battle between two alien kingdoms and Trystan’s romantic attentions, both of which are absolutely ruining the life she’s built on Earth. Not to mention the fact that she’s about to be crowned queen of a planet she’s barely even visited. Just another day in life of an ordinary human girl.
Can I just say that I shamelessly loved this book? In an unputdownable, binge worthy, totally addicted kind of way? Because, you see, that’s the truth: I really learned to love Delaney (more) in this installment and Trystan grew on me as a character (and love interest) and Ruckus reaffirmed my previous assumption that he’s kind of a boulder (and not much else).
Most of the time, I find it very easy to pick a side in a love triangle. Whether or not I get a happy ending for my chosen pairing, I am still solidly one team or another (and sometimes just Team I Hope the MC Finds a Better Man). Very, very rarely am I conflicted, but here I am. I felt that Ruckus was a lump in the first book, but he worked for Delaney and they were a pretty solid couple and I couldn’t imagine how Trystan could worm his way into Delaney’s heart and head, and yet, he did. On top of that, I started agreeing with him: he does have a lot more to offer than Ruckus, and Ruckus is a bit, uh, boring in comparison. Or, a lot boring. Also, we get to see Trystan and Delaney and their relationship grow in a way that Ruckus and Delaney’s didn’t have the chance to, or just wouldn’t have. Trystan and Delaney are in much more interesting situations, they have more freedom to learn about each other, and they seem to have a lot more to talk about. Overall, they have a relationship, not just a romance. However, Trystan may be great once you get to know him, but there is also the (intentional this time) kidnapping part and forcing Delaney into a role she didn’t want and had no responsibility to that can really take your opinion of a guy down a notch. And therein lies my conundrum. I know liking the kidnapper guy is bad and creepy and that I should like the steady and non creepy love interest instead, but my brain refuses to see the logic in that and just really, REALLY wants Trystan and Delaney to end up together, no matter how awkward it is that Delaney is still technically dating Ruckus.
Really and truly, I did fall for Trystan along with Delaney. He’s complex and rough, but soft in the middle. He has hobbies and interests outside of kicking ass (unlike some people) and likes to discuss them and share them with Delaney. The guy can cook, come on. Despite a bumpy start, he really believes in his relationship with Delaney and cares for her, he truly believes they can work out and not in a way in which he puts her on a creepy pedestal, either.
I also liked Delaney’s character growth in this book. She has a spine, and shows it off, and can hold her own quite well in a tough situation. She even feels comfortable enough to give Trystan a piece of her mind. Her friendships also grow here, Petus and Gibus return and some new characters are woven in as well.
Suffice it to say that I can not wait for the next book, at all. I mean, Chani, that ending? You can’t just mess around with my emotions like that, most would consider it cruel. I mean, how am I supposed to wait so long for more Delaney and Trystan moments, thank you very much?
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