My first taste of Tammy Blackwell’s writing was the Timber Wolves trilogy, which I loved. So reading Fragile Brilliance was a no brainer.
Maggie McCray has worked her whole life for the opportunity to attend Sanders College. It’s her one chance at becoming a world-renowned artist, and she’s determined nothing will get in her way. But when a murder brings Maggie and her powers to the attention of the Alpha Pack and the tragically handsome Charlie Hagan, her carefully planned future hangs in jeopardy.
Charlie Hagan isn’t happy when the Alpha Female assigns him as Maggie McCray’s personal bodyguard. Just being near the Thaumaturgic threatens to unleash the primal instincts he’s been suppressing for so long. Charlie knows if the coyote is uncaged, then the person he’ll most need to protect Maggie from is himself.
This book follows a new heroine, Maggie, but all your favorite characters from the Timber Wolves trilogy are there, including Charlie. I will say that if you can, read the Timber Wolves trilogy before this book so you can have all the background and context. However, it can be read as a standalone.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the trilogy. I think it’s because I was in love with Scout and her voice so reading from someone else’s point of view wasn’t the same. I did enjoy seeing Scout and the others and how they are faring since the end of the Timber Wolves trilogy, though.
I was super happy that Charlie got his happy ever after. He was one of my favorites and this book was like watching a really good friend finally finding the girl of his dreams. With all the baggage these shifters carry, it’s no wonder that that girl is hard to find. This book begins with a murder and the mystery continues as Scout and her group try to solve it. With Maggie and Charlie stuck in the middle, the stakes are high but the romance is smoking. Maggie and Charlie’s relationship is a slow-building romance with sexual tension and sweet remarks. However, towards the end, there was a “spider-man” moment (where they can’t be together because it’s “too dangerous”). This annoyed me but I understood the need for conflict in the end.
Although Fragile Brilliance wasn’t as good as the Timber Wolves trilogy, I can’t wait to read more from this Shifters and Seerers series to see more of my favorite characters.
STARS: 3.5 out of 5