To say that I was excited to read Aequus prior to its publication is an understatement! I have been eagerly awaiting the second installment in the Royal Protector Academy series since the day I finish Vernal (book 1)…which was late on the night that it was released. If you have previously read the Revelation series, then you already know how richly detailed the world of the royal protectors is: how breathtakingly hot the romances are, how heart stopping the action is…and how terrible the cliffhangers can be. And Randi Cooley Wilson delivers more of the same rich detail, heat, action, and suspense in Aequus…fans will definitely not be disappointed!
Aequus picks up not long after the end of Vernal, with Serena still grappling with Tristan’s decision to follow through with his royal commitments, including marriage to a woman he doesn’t love. Serena has suffered since he left, emotionally and physically, because oddly the rain has not fallen since he left, and as an elemental gargoyle she needs the rain to maintain her balance. Her grief and sense of loss is almost palpable, seeming to jump off the page and into a reader’s own heart. All I have to say, is thank goodness for the comic relief that is Zander, as he carries the story along until the electrifying reunion of Serena and Tristan…and again, all I can say, is that this will not disappoint you! In addition to the usual carnal connection, their love story matures in this book, as they start to view each other as equal partners, worthy of any and all sacrifices, including hereditary duty. For me, the only let down in this book, was the lack of a cameo appearance from Asher…but I have a feeling that will change in the next book!
The story flies along, with never dull moment, full of surprising twists and turns and a stomach dropping ending…so stomach dropping that despite the fact that I had devoured the book in one sitting after work, I still stayed up for awhile, ruminating and wishing that I didn’t have to wait for the final book in the series. If I could give a rating over five stars, this book would earn it for sure: everyone reading this review needs to order Aequus today!