I was interested in reading the second book of this series after reading Moon Touched a few months ago. I read some other books by Elizabeth Briggs while I was waiting for this book to be released. So, I knew what to expect when it came to her writing. I think the Zodiac Wolves is the best series of hers that I have read. I wouldn’t put it among my all-time favorites, but I do find it really enjoyable. Especially if you want a shorter romance read with paranormal/fantasy elements.
My fated mate rejected me, and now he wants me back. I’d rather die.
I’m being held captive by my worst enemies, the Leo pack. My fated mate is their new alpha, and he says he has big plans for me. For us.
But no matter how much the mate bond tries to convince me he’s the one, there’s another man I can’t stop thinking about: the alpha of the lost pack. My new pack.
Kaden thinks I went willingly with my mate and turned my back on him. I don’t know if he’s coming for me, but I’m not giving up ’til I find my way back to him—and to my new family.
I’m an Ophiuchus. I’m Moon Touched. And my enemies have underestimated me for far too long.
- Published: November 1, 2021
- Page Count: 279 pages
- Genre: Paranomal Fantasy and Romance
My Thoughts on Star Cursed
The book starts out with Ayla being trapped by the Leo Pack as Jordan claims to want her as a mate. And he won’t take no for an answer. She gets until the next full moon to agree to it, or she’ll be forced into accepting the bond. Something she does not want as it feels completely wrong. And I knew… I knew the bond had been forced. It turns out Jordan is her half-brother as her father slept with Jordan’s mother. Her father really got around with having affairs. Makes you wonder if his mate bond had also been forced by the Sun Witches. Granted, he was a horrible man so I don’t feel too bad for him. Luckily, Kaden comes and rescues her moments before Jordan forced the bond on her. While is just *vomit*.
Granted, once Ayla makes it back to Kaden and the pack. Things aren’t perfect. A lot don’t trust her even though she didn’t leave on her own accord. Not to mention, there’s still tension between Kaden and Ayla until he finally decides on their way to see if any of the Cancer pack survived that he was done fighting their relationship. He claims her and marks her as his mate/alpha female. Something after they learn from Wesley (her brother, who it turns out survived the massacre) that her father paid the Sun Witches to force a mate bond between Jordan and Ayla. And Kaden admits that he felt the mate bond when they originally met but denied it after hearing she was mated to Jordan. But they are true mates. Granted, they have to either kill Jordan or get a witch to reverse the spell in order to have the fake bond removed.
I was shocked that Wesley survived, but also glad because Ayla lost everyone and everything in the first book. So it was nice to see her get good things back in her life. Like her brother, Wesley, and oldest friend, Mira. The two helped the outcast pack with gaining alliances against Leo. Since Wesley is now the Alpha of Cancer, and Mira’s mate is the Alpha’s nephew of Pisces. She also got a camera from Kaden as a present after he claimed her as Alpha Female of their pack. Granted, they had to deal with an Alpha challenge since some members of the pack weren’t happy with the war with Leo. Even though it wasn’t like they were blindsided with it after Ayla joined them; they all were prepared for it beforehand in the event they weren’t allowed to rejoin the Zodiac Packs. Luckily, they were able to defend their alpha status with the pack and get their pack back on board.
The second half of the book focuses on them gathering allies against Leo, and end up getting a few of the packs to meet in order to form an alliance. I won’t spoil what happened during this meeting, but I am not entirely shocked by part of what happened. However, there were a few that things that I’m very curious to see how they will pan out in the next book. The book ends off on a serious cliffhanger. Things that I did not see coming.
Overall, I would give Star Cursed by Elizabeth Briggs a 3.75 out of 5 stars. I couldn’t put this book down, and I want to know what happens next in the series. As mentioned, it ends in a major cliffhanger. Luckily, the next novel Sun Crossed comes out in January so not a long wait to find out what happens. The world-building is nice without coming across completely as being spoonfed information or told things happened without experiencing them. And the moments where that happens are purely since we already went through it once and don’t need to listen to it a second time. That I appreciated. Another series of Elizabeth Briggs’s had moments where it went “we discussed it at a meeting, everyone agreed” and other things along those lines. Luckily, that wasn’t present in this book/series.
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