Series: Winter's Wrath #2
on April 10th 20177
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When Shiori Ayase comes across a casting call to dance on stage for Winter’s Wrath with a model she idolizes, she jumps on the chance. She needs this opportunity to break free from the control of her step-father, and she made her sister a promise on her deathbed. One that involves learning if the Trousseau brothers are the type of men that can be trusted. What better way to find out than by spending a few weeks with them on the road?
Brave Trousseau has to face the damage he’s done to the band in his efforts to push his younger brother away. But then his goddess, a young woman with a sharp wit and moves that drive him crazy, joins the band on tour to take over the sexy performance meant to entice the crowd, Brave ends up more than motivated to be on his best behavior.
Unfortunately, he’s not the only one enchanted with the girl. Malakai Noble, the band’s bassist, has always been a strong, steady presence at the core of Winter’s Wrath, but he’s now become Brave’s most bitter rival. How can Brave show he’s changed with Malakai's constant reminders of every mistake he’s made? With the band on the line, and Shiori stealing her way into his heart, maybe there’s only one way to prove he’s the better man. And that’s by letting her go.
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When I finished Backlash, book one of Bianca Sommerland’s Winter’s Wrath I was certain of two things. Winter’s Wrath frontman Brave Trousseau was a complete asshole and drummer boy Tate was my favorite. I was hoping Tate would be next so I was utterly surprised when Brave was announced as the hero of Diminished.
Diminished is the story of Shiori who auditions for the new dance position with Winter’s Wrath. She has her own personal reasons for wanting to get up close and personal with the band. But what she finds with them is something much more than she anticipated with tortured frontman Brave and the protective bassist Malakai.
I went into Diminished completely blind, and for the first time ever, I didn’t do a reread of the previous book. Simply because I didn’t want to remember why I thought Brave was such an asshole which was probably why I found him so intriguing. All though since this picks up after the events of backlash, it would have done me some good to have reread it in advance since there were things crucial elements that I had forgotten.
In classic Bianca Sommerland style this book starts off in the middle of a scene. It is one of those things that I have to get used to but this time around it was a struggle, since I had no idea who the heroine was and that threw me off.
But as I grew to know Shiori, and the story unfolded, I became a fan of hers. She is strong, independent and a true fighter. She is certainly a role model for young girls, just as she aspires to be in the book.
As I started earlier, Brave was the reason I was apprehensive about this book. I was obviously wondering how Bianca Sommerland could redeem him but I was still scared. But I had no reason to be, cause she turned my whole outlook on him around. I never expected him to have so much depth or such internal struggles. I ended this book with being in awe of him and his growth just by finding the love of two fantastic people. Malakai, the elusive bassist of Winter’s Wrath, and somewhat stranger to me. He was a pleasant surprise. The dark and brooding protector of the bunch with a kinky side. The way he takes care of everyone from Tate to Brave is simply beautiful and knowing it stems from his own troubled past just makes it even better.
Furthermore this books provides even more details about Valor, the older deceased Trousseau brother, and these snippets into Valor explains so much about Brave are some of the most heartbreaking in the story. It shows that this book is so much more than a romance. It is a story of brotherhood, family members who were chosen, not by blood but by love, which is why this books get 4.5 stars from me