My goodness, Feyre. This is becoming a rather troubling pattern for you, isn’t it?
The second book in the Court of Thrones and Roses series picks up several months after Feyre’s book one trauma. Since this is a sequel review, I’m going to be a bit more spoilerey than usual—and since the book came out in 2015, I don’t think I need to dance around the plot points.
I wasn’t a great fan of Tamlin in the first book, as I mentioned in my review, so it should have been vindicating for me that Feyre dumps him after he finally behaves a little too much like a jerk. It was a little satisfying to see Feyre finally take control, but I’ll admit that the shift felt a little false. Tamlin’s sudden hyper-possessiveness, however, felt out of character for a guy who sat doing nothing throughout the entire last third of ACOTAR. He’s obviously changed after such a traumatic experience, I understand that, but the book seems to suggest that he was abusing Feyre by suffocating her with too much love, which really doesn’t feel like a great representation of abusive relationships. (I’m not sure that people who feel the need to sexually assault women that are already into them stop being physically abusive once the woman has sex with them.) But good thing Feyre’s with Rhys now, who isn’t possessive at all ever (am I laying it on too thick with the sarcasm?) and always gives Feyre every bit of information she needs (maybe too thick).
But don’t get me wrong—I love Rhys. He’s probably the best example of the poor-tortured-cinnamon-roll-sexy-man love interest I’ve read, and while that kind of character isn’t my favorite, SJM executes it so perfectly that my heart was certainly doing the flutter-flutter thing. I absolutely understand why people love this book so much, and I’m bumping it up a star from ACOTAR for being such a fun ride.
Again, I must emphasize that this is not young adult in any way! I don’t like to make guidelines based on age—everyone is different—but basically, a person isn’t ready to read this book until they are ready to read straight-up erotica. It’s not a fantasy with sex scenes as much as it is a book about a sexual relationship within a fantasy world.