📖The Magic of Betrayal: Emerald Lakes Book 2 by Britt Andrews

I thought I had a lot of questions before.

Finding myself back in Besmet with the demon from my dreams, I’m finding it hard to deny the connection I feel toward him, despite the fact that he’s certifiably insane.

When did my life get so chaotic?

My green magic isn’t stable. My moods aren’t stable. My ex isn’t stable. Gran’s not stable… oh who am I kidding? She’s never been stable, so at least one of us is consistent.

Luckily, I still have my guys; Cam, Fischer, Kai, and maybe Sloane. Honestly, I’m not sure that Sloane is capable of letting someone claim him, but he certainly makes my heart race.

Secrets, lies, and prophecies are coming to light. Hopefully I put my trust in the right people because betrayal on it’s own is terrible, but to be betrayed by those who swore to protect you? That would be devastating…

This is a full-length RH romance, intended for adults 18 and over, which includes MMFMMM content. It ends on a cliffhanger and contains domestic violence including physical, mental, and sexual abuse and other themes that readers may find triggering.

I just finished reading this and gosh my heart feels sick!

Let’s start at the beginning. After the cliffhanger from book one I was wondering in what condition I’d meet the four mages. It was interesting to see the dynamic change without the voice of Saige both at the beginning of the book and further towards the middle. Because I’d seen them as such a cohesive unit, seeing them have to work without a key piece provided an eye-opening encounter of the four men.

Everything about the four mage’s original mission from book one unravels in this book and honestly, I was both here for it and magically pissed at it. Certain plot points get my blood racing while others give me an attack of sick feeling adrenaline and with this book it was the latter. Part of me did expect something bad was going to happen because we get a glimpse of Saige’s mother Laurie in this book, and she was a character that I immediately took a strong dislike to. Knowing how the book ended, I would personally like to end that character but in doing so I might never know how the series continues.

There was a lot of heavy emotions in this book. Not just the lustful emotions of sex between Saige and her men but more raw emotions and revelations between the five of them. We were also reunited with Bram, who, as it would turn out, was also holding a few secrets of his own. This book was well on its way to finalising the prophesy heard in book one till one spectacularly thrown wrench was launched into the pages!!!

Meeting King Thane filled me with disgust and made me feel icky. I get that he is written to extract that exact thought from the reader, but it didn’t make reading him feel any more pleasant. Regardless of book genre, good antagonists are needed, and he has that in spades.

As much of this book focuses on Saige and the changes she goes through, I did feel I was getting to know her more than the others. There are still chapters with the point of view of the other men that surround her, but I delved deeper into Saige’s mind than I did into theirs. So often with reverse harems, it is the MFC that we see being torn apart and while we did get that element in this plot, there was more of a focus on watching the men unravel and cope (or not cope) with what had happened. I enjoyed this shift because it made the men more realistic and added depth to their characters. I got to learn more about them from the emotions they were feeling.

The ending that made me feel sick is still licking at my insides and though I would normally pause and take a break from reading after something like this, I am too involved not to know what happens next. In a short space of time the characters have wormed their way into my heart, and I am as desperate as they are to find out what will happen next.

As it looks like the end of this book might chart a course into an area, I find uncomfortable, I hope I have the strength to read through the bad to get to the good that I know is coming.

I give this book: ✨✨✨✨✨

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