Series: The Searchers #1
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Finding Valor
Also by this author: Finding Valor
Love finds her in her darkest hours…
Nora Leslie’s twenty-year existence revolved around one thing—survival. A split second decision under a hail of gunfire saves the lives of her students and alters her own forever.
When she wakes in the hospital, Nora finds herself a suspect in the worst tragedy to ever strike her small college town. Thrust into the spotlight as the villain, instead of the hero, she is in desperate need of allies
A chance meeting introduces her to Ryan Valore, a young law student searching to outrun the guilt of his past. With the world turned against her, Nora accepts his aid, and the help of his roommates, a group of guys with pasts as dark as her own. For them, Nora is everything they never believed they deserved.
I have an interest in reverse harem stories since I started reading CL Stone. I’m not sure why: on its face, it can feel more like a love triangle (or octagon!) which I hate. I loathe the angst of a love triangle, but it doesn’t typically happen in an RH story. In the beginning there is always the angst of the girl feeling something for multiple people, but I think because I go into the story knowing she doesn’t have to choose, I don’t mind the angst. Maybe I am just getting kinky in my old age…
Honora, known as Nora, has had a rough life. She is now an adult, out of her foster homes and on her own working 2 jobs to make ends meet. Then there is a school shooting at the school where she is subbing. The killer? Her former foster brother. So, suspicion falls on Nora right away. Ryan is a pre-law student whose professor takes Nora’s case. Ryan knows Nora needs a place to stay, so he offers her a place in his house, with his 4 roommates.
I loved the diversity in the story. Nora is biracial, Seok is Korean, Apollo is black, and Matisse is Cajun. I really appreciated all the uniqueness their backgrounds brought to the story. Multiple languages are spoken, various cultural traditions are present, and it really adds a richness to the characters.
While there is some action with a few of the boys, it isn’t until the end they agree to give this whole RH thing a try. There is also this weird event with the professor and Tyler and the girl that falls out a window and dies. I’m not sure where all of that is going to go, but it was certainly a situation that was interesting and eye brow raising.
Observation: Why do almost all of the characters in RH stories come from broken homes? Is it because this warped sense of family and relationships they had growing up allows them to be less ‘traditional’ when it comes to relationships? I have just noticed that in most of the RH stories I read, its either PNR or kids from seriously broken homes.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: reverse harem
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »it ends on a stable note for the main characters but certainly not finished « Hide Spoiler
The Ghost Bird series and the Scarab Beetle series by CL Stone, The Bad Boy Rebels series by Jessica Sorenson…then you will probably like Finding Honor!