When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.
Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation–and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…
Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.
They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do–even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. I thought Strength was a great combination of New Adult romance and paranormal. I am a big fan of NA romance novels and they are usually contemporary NA but I don’t often find one with a paranormal twist.
The story starts out with Rena Collins, a college student who is in search of the campus “Madman”. Rena is a strong female main character. She is a character that refuses to give up when she knows something is right (or wrong). She pictures the Madman as a “scrawny little recluse in pedo-glasses” but is determined to see him for herself. She is creeped out by the man who is rumored to have muffled screams and thuds coming from his dorm room at the same time every night.
Wallace Blake, a.k.a the Madman, is sexy, quiet and crazy — well according to the school rumor mill. In reality, Wallace has secrets that only those really close to him know and those secrets can really hurt people he cares about.
I like the secondary characters — Gabby, her quirky roommate; Aiden, her somewhat geeky friend who is neighbors with Wallace and Cole, Wallace’s brother who you really want to hate but at the same time, can’t seem to fully do.
The paranormal aspect of the book doesn’t really come into play until almost the second part of the book. That is one thing that confused me at first because all the way through the first part of the book I was wondering “where the paranormal” of the book was.
Rena and Wallace do not have what most people would consider a “normal” relationship. There are reasons the two cannot truly be together but at the same time, they are together. Their relationship is more than boy meets girl and they fall in love. There is something bigger to their romance.
I tell myself that I don’t want to read series stories because honestly I am an impatient reader. I want the big HEA! However, I am glad I was asked to provide the review for an ARC copy because I would have missed out of a great book. I cannot wait to see what happens next for Rena and Wallace — hopefully they can find a way to truly be together.