My Rating: 4 Stars
Sex Scenes: Yes.
Series: Yes, The Royal Protector Academy #1.
Subject: Changing your destiny.
Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.
Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?
When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.
Well I read this book without realising that it came after the revelation series, and it was a bit of a spoiler I must admit since I haven't finished the series yet. But I tried to keep the stories separated in my mind and kind of work ( I'm hoping).
That being said it was really fun to read about this new generation of gargoyles, their friends and enemies. They reminded me so much about their predecessors that I couldn't hold it together and wanted them to get over themselves and love each other, like yesterday.
But that's not how stories work so we bear with them fighting each other at every turn and at the same time falling so hard that there might not be a way back for either.
The main characters were amazing! Serena was strong, independent and smart; a bit too immature at first for my taste but she is young so we will forgive her for that.
Tristan was so ... Gage, yeah I think that's the best way to describe him, so similar but at the same time not that tainted by darkness. He might be going through a rough moment now but he doesn't know true darkness like his progenitor. He recognised the feeling from the start, he couldn't accept it but he knew; and that showed us he had a big and beautiful beating heart within.
And the cliffhanger we knew was coming, I can't wait to read the next part of this amazing an thrilling story!