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Book Review: Claiming Valeria by Rebecca Rivard

Claiming Valeria
Series The Fada Shapeshifter Series
Author: Rebecca Rivard
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wild Hearts Press
Release Date: August 1st 2015
Format: Ebook
Source: ARC from Author
Rating: 4 Stars

He wants a second chance…
Rui had everything he’d ever wanted. He was the Rock Run second and he’d found his mate, the sexy Portuguese shifter Valeria. But it all fell apart when he assassinated an innocent man, leaving the man’s young daughter an orphan. Sick at heart, he brought the girl back to Valeria and then went out for a night of heavy drinking that ended with him ensnared by the sun fae queen.

But can she trust him with her heart?
It was hard, but Valeria forged a new life for herself and her adopted daughter. She even found a new man. Then Rock Run’s alpha is kidnapped by the sun fae and Rui steps in to reclaim his position as second. Now he’s determined to win back Valeria as well.

A dark secret threatens them all…
But the new man is hiding a dark Gift. Soon Rui and Valeria are in a fight for not just their love, but their lives, and that of the little girl they’ve both come to adore.

This is the second in the series. You can read my review of the first novel, Seducing the Sun Fae here.

Rivard has done it again. Claiming Valeria is even better than Seducing the Sun Fae. While I enjoyed Seducing the Sun Fae, you can tell that it was the first in a new series, especially after reading Claiming Valeria.

In the second novel, we are taught more about Rivard’s world and mythology. There were plot twists I was not expecting, and the plot itself seemed much more fleshed out and involved than the first novel.

I liked that it didn’t start where Seducing the Sun Fae left off. The novel begins a few years before, so were are able to read for ourselves what happened in Rui and Valeria’s past. It was so much better than just being told! Especially since it allows us to form our own opinions.

Claiming Valeria was also a lot more emotion, at least for me, than the first novel. I didn’t expect to feel as torn or invested as I became. I usually don’t like novels that involve children, but Rivard does an excellent job of making them a pivotal part of the story. I found myself caring about the children in her series more than the adults!

The Fada Shapeshifter Series is easily among some of the best romance series I have read. I can’t wait to see what Rivard has in store!

What series are you dying for the next installment for?

❧ Arec

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