Release Date: May 15th 2016
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Buy The Book: Amazon
Ren Lewis has the life he’s always wanted: the perfect woman and the perfect job as an agent for the Lucidites, fixing problems before they happen. And yet, he’s still miserable. He blames the monster buried inside of him for his problems. But what this redheaded Brit doesn’t realize is his life is about to be intensely transformed. Problems that he never could have fathomed begin to surface one at a time until his life quickly spirals out of control. Ren, who has never considered himself quite human, is about to learn just how flawed and vulnerable he really is. There just might be problems he doesn’t have answers for, villains he can’t defeat alone, and a heart in his chest that is actually capable of breaking. Readers witness a new side to this man, a side that will make him, if for only an instant, appear human. This powerful genius will meet his match. And she has the ability to do something special. She can break Ren Lewis.
Ren is back! And I’m excited! If you have yet to meet Ren Lewis in one of Sarah’s novels, then you’re highly missing out. He’s appeared in several of her past stories and finally got his own series focusing purely on his favourite thing, himself, last year when Sarah release Ren: The Man Behind The Monster. How does one even begin to explain Ren Lewis to those who have not met him? Well, generally, he’s a snarky, moody man with a massive catalogue of highly offensive insults and is mostly selfish, but He. Is. Amazing.
This second book in Ren’s own trilogy picks up a little while after the events that took place in The Man Behind The Monster. He’s actually managed to remain in a relationship with Dahlia and is pretty settled. But the head of the Lucidite institute, Trey, is only putting him on small cases, forcing him to do tasks such as saving middlings from tripping over. However, Ren being typical Ren wants the big challenges, and tries to convince Trey to put him back on a higher level case that the Lucidites are struggling to figure out.
Meanwhile in his personal life, he’s about to be faced with another huge problem that he definitely didn’t plan for, something that will turn his whole world upside down. Obviously I’m not going to talk about what that is (because you know, spoilers) but oh boy, I was about as surprised as Ren was. Round of applause, Sarah, for the fantastic plot twist.
The plot of this story was exciting but not too fast paced, which I enjoyed. I loved Ren’s reaction to the situations he was faced with and seeing how he adapted to the changes that happened in his life over the course of the book. It was wonderful to see more of his relationships with others, particularly his friendship with Trey. As for new characters, we get to meet Adelaide, who I absolutely adore. She was such a fantastic addition to the story and I’m keen to read more about her!
Another aspect of this story that really made me smile was Ren going back to the institute. It was so great be back there and to see some of my favourite characters from The Lucidites Series again! It’s always fun when characters from other series get the chance to reappear.
I adored getting to revisit Ren’s world again, and this is a sequel that lived up to the awesomeness of the first book. There were some beautifully touching moments between characters and it gave us a chance to see a side of Ren we’d not really seen before. I’m excited to see how these events change him in the final book in the trilogy, and I’m definitely wondering what’s going to happen after that cliff-hanger ending! Thanks once again to Sarah for another fabulous book filled with great storytelling and fantastic characters.