Boy, oh boy. What to say about this one? If you haven’t, read my review of the first of this series.
Welcome to Los Angeles—but not the LA you know. Here, humans coexist with vampires, mummies, fairies, and other nonhuman entities. Everyone’s just trying to get by for the most part—but some are having more difficulty than others.
A vampire named Cade, a fairy named Sabrina, and a mummy named Moselle are on the lam after exposing the existence of the Otherworldly Assembly, a shadowy organization of paranormal beings. The assembly has sent terrifying assassins called wraiths to exact revenge. The nonhuman trio is in for a real horror show, and they don’t know the half of it—another threat looms, and its destructive ambitions are vast.
Meanwhile, a human named Jackson is recovering from a near-death experience. Old memories and new loves flood his brain, and he’s having trouble finding an outlet for all these feelings—that’s when Sabrina the fairy catches his eye.
Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances, a fast-paced adventure filled with high stakes and unexpected twists, continues the action-packed saga that began with One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail. When unimaginable dangers threaten the planet they all share, humans and nonhumans find a common cause and must work together to prevent disaster.
Series: Water Kingdom, #1
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 4 butterflies
Kevin Breaux has yet again brought me into the world of Sabrina London. This second book of the series definitely delivers with all of its promises. This book is a lot longer than the first book, but it kinda has to be. So much happens in this book that it feels like I started it so long ago. I will say straight off—you don’t need to read the first book, but I highly recommend it. It will help with a lot of questions you’ll have about the species and backstory.
Something that I noticed right off is the title—the first one was One Smoking Hot Fairy Tale, and this one follows suit by starting with “two.” With this pattern, we can of course assume that the third book will start with “three,” and so on, but I also appreciated the “polluted” part of the title, which added a nice little foreshadowing.
This book picks up right where the first one left off. We start with Cade going to see Moselle and Jackson at the hospital right after Moselle called him. What he finds is much, much worse than he expected. This book was so action-packed that it was sometimes a bit hard to remember what was happening with whom, but after a while it was easier to keep up. Because this book uses several POVs, we switch from one action-packed scene to another pretty frequently. This allows us to see what’s happening to Moselle, Jackson, Sabrina, Cade, Weston, and everyone else.
There is so much action in this book. Honestly at first it was confusing to have to keep up with everyone, but then I really liked it. Breaux is really good with the plot lines and with the creativity. The world-building is great in this series (as it tends to be with all of his books). I love that with Breaux you can count on him to show and not tell the world and history—in a good way. Many times authors struggle with telling the readers about their world and creatures, but Breaux does it in such a flawless way that we learn more about them without being bombarded with details.
Once again, I absolutely despised Jackson. Not only is he annoyingly naïve, but he also messes everything up with Sabrina’s friend group. I thought I’d like him more in this book, because he’d annoyed me in the first too, but I really didn’t. He considers himself to be on the same level of importance as everyone else, when he really isn’t. He frustrates me because he is a wrench in the gears of this book. While I’m sure that is his purpose (though the ending hints to him being much more important later on), I still didn’t find any sort of attachment to him whatsoever. Which honestly goes to show how good the author is. Any author that elicits that much emotion from me is a great one.
Sabrina, again, is pretty much self-centered and wants what she cannot have. While towards the end of the book she seems to accept her responsibility more, all she really seems to focus on is herself and her needs. I am interested in her storyline, but not really in her. She seems really egotistical and doesn’t really seem to care about the consequences. While Moselle and Cade seem to understand the gravity of the situation, Sabrina seems to find the time to focus on sex and booze, like always. Even when one of those threaten her relationship with her friends, she doesn’t seem to care. I know that she is young and Cade and Moselle are much older but that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason and I hope she matures a lot soon.
Cade is a character that I feel more attached to, just because he seems to be more aware of the danger and with everything that’s happening. He actually has a plan to defeat their enemies, and cares about everyone. I’m super interested in his and Leanne’s backstory and am hoping we’ll get more of that in the next book. However, sometimes I get a little tired of the Confederate pride that he’s got going on. When Joe pointed out that vampires are racist I kinda giggled a little, because it’s pretty accurate. Besides this, however, he is a pretty cool character. In the first book we really didn’t know much about him and we got to explore him more in this one. What I find interesting is that he causes so much strife for Sabrina because she refuses to accept what he has already told her. She thinks that she can change him. But Cade has been pretty straightforward about who he is and has never told her that he was going to stay.
Joe is a minor character but a very interesting one. Slime and fungi beings are absolutely brilliant of the author to create. I love that idea and I love the part they play in this novel. I’m looking forward to seeing the part that they play in the next novel (because we know at the end of the book that they will play a big part in the next novel).
I feel really bad for Moselle. All she tries to be is herself and she seems to get the losing end of the stick. She didn’t chose her life. She didn’t ask to need others’ life forces to survive. She just does the best she can. And she gets highly judged for it. I understand said person’s reactions, but she seems to get no compassion. However, I’m intrigued by the last scene with her in it. The author had been building this specific bit up, with her fixation on the staff and things like that, so I’m excited for her storyline.
One of the characters I’m most interested in is Dunyasha. She highly intrigues me and I have an immense respect for her, mostly because of all the build-up that she’s gotten. She’s the only female character that isn’t highly sexualized by both the other characters and the narrator that it’s refreshing. However, that might be just because she’s in the book for a short amount of time.
I am a little disappointed with a certain story arc with Jackson, but I trust in the author enough that I’m sure the reasoning will come to light soon.
All in all, this was a good book with amazing world-building and characters that have flaws but serve a very distinct purpose. While at times the book seems a little long, the action and plot will keep you turning the page to find out what happens next. I recommend this book to people who love myths with a twist, lots of action, great storylines, and don’t mind profanities and descriptive NSFW scenes.
A free copy of this book was provided by the author.