Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Review - This Time Tomorrow by Tessa Bailey

This Time Tomorrow
by Tessa Bailey
Series: Phenomenal Fate, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2020

Roksana, heiress to the vampire slayer throne, has performance anxiety.

She’s supposed to kill Elias, but so far she’s only succeeded in maxing out his credit card. Now her failure to stake the brooding vampire has sent her back to Moscow in disgrace to face her mother’s wrath. Expecting punishment by death, she’s given a rare reprieve. She now has three tasks to complete, the last of which is to finally kill Elias. She will not fail this time.

If only the memories of one magical evening—back when Elias was human—would stop holding her back. He claims to have forgotten that night. Why can’t she?

Three years ago, Elias was a SWAT team member on a guys' weekend in Vegas. Playing poker and minding his own business, his life changed forever when a captivating blonde strolled past his table in a light-up bra. He followed Roksana as if compelled, his very bones demanding he do so, his soul resonating with the belief she would be important to him. Always. That turned out to be a vast understatement—and nothing has changed.

Roksana embarks on her mission, determined to win back her mother’s approval, but when an astonishing truth emerges in the eleventh hour, will her stake pierce the very heart that beats in her honor? Or will love triumph over duty?

“This life might end here. But my love for you will continue on into the next. It’ll still be just as strong this time tomorrow.”
With the perfect plot twist, this fated mates story quickly turns into one where opposites attract - and when those opposites are a vampire slayer and a vampire, the universe surely does have a twisted sense of humor!

I was looking forwarded to Roksana’s story since getting to know her in book one of this series - and boy was I surprised at how things really are not what they seem. There is history between Elias and Roksana that drives these two together, but it is also that history, or version of that history, that keeps them apart. It was a bit frustrating that Elias kept some pretty important information to himself - typical male - but I loved how his main concern was, and always would be, keeping Roksana safe, both physically and emotionally.

Once the background was set, I was totally wrapped up in the story. Learning who Roksana and Elias were and how they came to be the vampire slayer and vampire they were filled in so many blanks from the first book. This book felt a bit darker than the first and really focused on Elias’s devotion to Roksana and her inability to fulfill her mother’s demands. And let me just state how much I hated her mother! I loved the introduction of new characters, like the fae, and having other characters from the first book make appearances and help shape Elias and Roksana’s story. Tucker is such a hoot and I can’t wait to find out what is in store next for him!

Another great read from Tessa Bailey. I love how she has crafted this paranormal world but kept her trademarked dirty talking heroes and snarky and strong heroines and adapted them to this new genre. Add this one to your TBR - and although this can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend starting with Reborn Yesterday to get a better picture of who these two characters are - you’ll thank me for that once you do! 

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy.

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