By: Carrie Butler
Series: Mark of Nexus #1
My Copy: Ebook from Author
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.
Strength was a little gem to find in the row of my Kindle carousel. Amidst all of the romantic plot lines that I have been reading, this book worked in a new twist.
Although, I will warn you I felt the first part of the book to be a little uneventful. It is filled with getting to know the main characters and setting them up for the main drama to unfold. Butler does bring in some entertainment into the characters by adding a wacky and flirty roommate and a nerdy guy friend for Rena and how in the first half they are all terrified of Wallace and his unusual behavior. These two side characters really helped build Rena’s personality.
However, I feel like the book hit its stride when things started to get a little hard for Wallace, Rena, and their friendship. When an individual makes an appearance, their swaying relationship becomes very rocky and its rough waters. This part of the book really shows you who Wallace is and his dark past. Because of this revealing information, things started to make more sense for me and Strength started to take on a new feel.