How to Break an Undead Heart How to Break an Undead Heart by
Series: Beginner's Guide to Necromancy #3
on March 31, 2018
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four-half-stars

Grier finally has the one thing she's always wanted: Boaz Pritchard. Too bad her dream boyfriend is keeping her up nights, just not in a sweaty or fun way. Boaz has dialed down the Southern charm and stopped returning her calls. His job forces him to keep secrets, but his radio silence is cranking up her suspicions. He's a shameless flirt, but he's her shameless flirt...right?

Soon an attack on Woolworth House leaves her with bigger problems than he loves me, he loves me not. Vampires are on the prowl, and they aren't the only predators circling. A new threat has emerged, one with blood rights to Grier. With enemies closing in on all sides, she must choose her allies, and the decision could make or break her...and her heart.

Continuing with my binge on this series, I dove into this book really excited to see where Grier and Boaz would go. And at about 20% in, I noticed that I don’t really like Boaz with Grier. I haven’t been fully sold on him as a love interest, but since this isn’t a Romance, it’s Urban Fantasy, I usually try to be more patient and wait and see. He’s supposed to be the fun, hunky big brother of her best friend, guy next door. But I find him…annoying. Only once in the first book did I really see him as hero material rather than just boyfriend material. Add to that she’s changed. She’s a different person, but he’s in love with who she was before she was imprisoned. Even Grier mentions how she’s changed and trying to be who she was before, when what we see here is she needs to be who she’s becoming. And even though he’s still there for the big emergencies, he isn’t there for the small things.

Linus, however, is shaping up to pretty solid. He’s been forced on her by the Grande Dame (his mother), but it’s sort of a blessing. She needs to learn more about who she is and what she can do. But she isn’t going to depend solely on Linus, so she starts poking around, looking for hints as to who her father was. This sets off a chain reaction and her mother’s family finds her. I liked the idea of meeting a cousin, however something happened with her that kind of felt out of left field. I don’t want to spoil it, but it was really…odd. I’m sure that there was a reason for it that will be exposed in the next book, but what I’m finding I don’t love is that like Grier, we’re only being handed crumbs of her past, and we’re no closer to finding Maud’s killer.

I feel like Grier has been isolated by her best friends and I’m not sure why. I don’t know where the author is leading us. The next book is due out at the beginning of September, so we don’t have to wait long, but I’m unsure of how I feel about this path she’s leading us/Grier down. Judging by the Foundling books I’ve read by her, sometimes she makes decisions I don’t always agree with, but I enjoy the characters and the world enough that I try not to let that get to me. But this time around, I’m both wary and curious where she’s taking us.

four-half-stars