Book Review: The Maverick by Coty Justus

Maverick

 

This one is also one of my favorites.  But it is a little darker.  Here is the synopsis:

Acrasia fights to keep her father alive, stealing and lying to purchase his expensive medication. Showing the world two faces—the gentle, loving daughter and the cynical, toughened criminal—she challenges anyone to stand in her way when it comes to her father’s well-being. 

When Michael touches Acrasia’s hand, he knows she is for him, and he feels cheated. Nevertheless, he can think of nothing but her, and the more he fights his fate, the more he realizes there could be fates worse than a lifetime with Acrasia, such as a lifetime without her. Now he needs to convince her that the contents of the dust-coated leather tote in her father’s closet make her his.

Acrasia is probably my favorite out of all the women in this series.  She is very smart, she knows how to get what she wants.  She is so selfless, she constantly puts herself in harms way just to keep her father alive and them fed.  All at a young age.  Even making up assignments in a fictional school so he continues to think that she is still going and doing well.

This is another story that shows even when love is fated, it can be difficult.  And this one is the most difficult of all.  Michael is the youngest.  He is seeing his older brothers and even cousins meet their “chosens” and become blissfully happy.  They are starting families.  They live communally at his family’s ranch.  And he hasn’t met her yet.

But when he does, she’s being booked on charges.

What makes it even worse is that his mother, Alicia, is convinced that Michael’s chosen is evil, and will do anything to protect her grown son.  Even when Acrasia nearly dies helping Alicia, it isn’t enough.

I love the relationship and the banter between Acrasia and Michael.  She is so afraid to let anyone near, to truly let anyone see how much they mean to her.  She constantly keeps everyone at arms length.  Her constant accusations of Michael’s “cockiness” is hilarious.

I love how Acrasia fits right into the stronghold, despite Alicia’s best effort to make her the outcast.

Another aspect that I truly adore about this series is the children of The Ten and the “chosen”.  They truly provide a background of joy to the otherwise serious goings on that The Ten are facing.  I think Ally and Susan are my favorites.  They test out their new powers and truly test the patience of everyone around them.

Despite the darkness, this ends up being a wonderful story.  It segues nicely into the final story.

I was also delighted to learn about the name Belphobe.  My daughter shares a version of that name.

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