Phase of Hate; Phase Mountain Pack #2
(#2 within a series)
Publication Date: July 9, 2022
Genre/Tropes: Shifter/Paranormal/New Adult Romance
Author: Coralee June
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Phase of Hate picks up right where Phase of Fate left off and because this is the middle book, we are also left on a cliffhanger. GAH!! It’s tumultuous and still such a great plot all in this new fantasy realm…it’s nothing but absolutely delicious!!
There is such an array of emotions in this second book and yet so much of it comes down to Halle trying to suppress those very things. If that doesn’t mirror society and how we try to bury our heads in the sand right now…I need to say right now, well done Ms. June. I love similarities and symbolism.
Theo is born a shifter, his instincts are strong, ingrained in his DNA he was born to protect his people and care about what happens to them. The mating bond that begun between him and Halle guides him more than anything, but certainly the more time he spends with her he wants to be with her for the woman she is becoming. However, that bond also strengthens what they feel for each other and as Halle suffers and struggles it only intensifies what he feels for her. Theo is constantly torn between wanting to help and just pushing through like his wolf wants him to.
Halle wasn’t born with the instincts that seem to come naturally to Theo or Delilah. She’s only known both of them for a very short time in relevance to everyone else in her life and yet she’s now been tied to them through her prodigy/guardian mark. At every turn her human emotions seem to overtake her judgement and soon her emotions become a liability. Halle becomes scared of her new inner powers along with the bonds that she has recently formed, Halle’s first instinct is to react first and listen later. Her stubbornness may prove too late when she had help close by all along.
I can completely empathize with Halle and all the swirling emotions in her. She’s angry and sad and every time someone tells her to calm down it only does the opposite. As much as she’d like to trust her new relationships, it’s the hardest thing in the world to jump in blindly especially when you don’t understand the people or culture. It’s almost like she’s a teen raging with hormones, but in this instance her emotional rage could literally harm those around her.
Coralee does a great job moving between characters and expressing just how deeply all of the characters feel. It truly brings out all of the emotional highs and lows along with great tension while still building chemistry between Theo and Halle.
This is the middle of the story and I’m biting my nails to find out what happens next!!! I can hardly wait 😭
I was a prodigy. A grieving sister. A girl falling for him.
I died, and now I’m reborn.
I’m determined to punish those that turned me into a monster. The curse kept me alive, but at what cost?
I’m at war with my nature.
I refuse to ever accept my fate.
Once a prodigy, now a curse.
Once love, now hate.