Review: Betrayals

Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Cainsville #4
Release Date: August 4, 2016
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Olivia Jones knows a lot about betrayal – most of her life has been a lie. On the eve of her wedding, she discovered she was adopted – and that her biological parents were convicted serial killers.

Liv has found sanctuary in her new home of Cainsville, but she’s learned not to trust the town’s mysterious elders. So when her biker boyfriend Ricky Gallagher is linked to a series of murders, she’s reluctant to ask for their help. Meanwhile things have grown increasingly complicated with Gabriel Walsh, her boss and sometime friend. The fact that their fraught relationship is connected to an ancient myth in which they were passionate lovers doesn’t help matters, either…

As Liv fights to clear Ricky’s name, she discovers that her own life is at serious risk. Soon Ricky, Liv and Gabriel are tangled in a web of a betrayals. In order to survive, they will have to trust one another. But given their dark history, is that even possible? Or wise…?

“But that’s what dreams are for—to weave reality and fantasy and memory and stitch together something you can’t hope for in waking life. To fulfill that little part of you that wants something so bad.”

Whhhhhy is it such a long wait for the next book? Ugh.

Betrayals starts a few months after the end of Deceptions. It’s masterly written and the ever growing mythology opens new doors for the series that quickly draws your attention. Armstrong takes these legends and myths and shapes them into her own. Betrayals absolutely makes up for the little bit of a disappointment I had with book three, I dived into this story like no time had passed.

The characters. The characters are, without a doubt, my favorite part of these books. Especially Gabriel. Throughout the series Gabriel has had tremendous growth. Seeing him go from this cold, unfeeling, cyborg has been the highlight of the series. Throughout every book he reveals more and more of his personality and backstory, we see all these layers of his character, and he is definitely my favorite character. See I love everything about him. He’s all practical and serious, very no-nonsense, but every once in a while he shows this vulnerability. It breaks my heart. He can be an asshole but *shrugs* I don’t care.

“I haven’t apologized yet.”

“Mmm, right. Do you want to do that? Or just pretend you did?”

“I made a conscious decision to do what I thought was right, knowing that you would likely disagree. I’m sorry if you thought it was the wrong decision.”

“That’s kinda like an apology. Sure, I’ll take it.”

Fuck. His banter with Olivia made my day. It’s what I live for from this series.

So, Olivia. She’s still pretty great. I think she’s brave, smart, confident, and funny. She makes the best out of her problems and never relies on others to save her. Her friendship with Gabriel is a bit on the rocky side because of everything that happened in the previous book, but I loved how willing Gabriel was to try and mend it. Ricky’s also pretty great, he’s nice and considerate, but he just can’t hold a candle to Gabriel. But, really, who can?

The plot. The mystery of this book was one of my favorites of the series. There have been a string of murders, and Ricky has been linked to all of them. So Liv has to team up with Gabriel to try and clear his name and also figure out more of the whole Matilda/Arawn/Gwynn myth. The entire thing was fast-paced and engaging. Liv’s visions still remain one of my favorite parts. Also there are a few chapters in Gabriel’s POV so… those were pretty amazing.

The love-triangle. I’ve never minded the love-triangle, mostly because I feel like it’s so much more complicated than that. I loved the new developments in the romance. I won’t say anything else about it because I would hate to spoil someone.

Betrayals sets up the next book of the series perfectly. I’m pretty sure Rituals is the last book of the series, and I am beyond excited for it.

four stars

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