Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a great finish to this book series……or is it?? I just discovered that the author is writing a fourth Gunnie Rose book (release date 2022) – no idea what the plot will be because the main storyline of this series wrapped up in this book, but there are definitely enough loose ends to continue the series another several books, which I would love.

This book starts off where the last one ends, and Lizbeth finds herself taking a train to San Diego to break her love, Prince Eli, out of Grigori jail. She’s all alone, so will need to rely on her half-sister Felicia and her own growing powers. Once there, she meets Eli’s family who are devastated about Eli’s incarceration, and not exactly thrilled with Lizbeth’s appearance. As she digs into the treacherous waters of the Holy Russian Empire, Lizbeth finds herself fighting for her life, but what’s new.

I really enjoy Lizbeth and her snarky “I don’t give a f*&k who you are, I’m going to speak truth” attitude toward everything from royalty protocols to wearing a dress. It often gets her into some trouble, but nothing she can’t handle. It’s nice to read about a strong, independent woman who doesn’t need anyone or anything, but who is still soft enough to get butterflies about her crush.

Look, Charlaine Harris books aren’t Shakespeare, but that’s ok. We all need our bubble gum, guilty pleasure, light and fluffy reads to break up all of the other dark stuff we normally read. I look forward to more books in this series, but I hope she ends them before they become silly and cliche like the last couple Sookie books. Go out on top, girl!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery/Saga Press books. All opinions in this review are my own.