I was thrilled when I saw that Ian would get his own story. Let's be frank: he's pretty much a huge asshole in the first novel, though he's redeemed slightly by his affection for Mitchell in the second book. But still, overall? Not entirely likeable. And yet. Part of me knew that there had to be more to Ian, and I wanted to read his story.
Lawson does not disappoint in this third installment. We finally get behind Ian's sarcastic douche-baggery and see a bit of what makes him tick. Let's be clear: he still has his asshole moments. There were still plenty of times I wanted to reach right through the pages and punch him in the face for the way he treated Kyleigh. But he comes around, and he grows on you. Kind of like a very handsome and likeable fungus: annoying, but not without its own merits. ;-)
And the chemistry behind Ian and Kyleigh? It's there from page one. They just mesh well together. In fact, I loved that Ian, who admits to usually liking "lithe" figures, just can't resist Kyleigh's curves. It's nice to see a curvy girl getting some love every now and then, not that I have anything against willowy nymphs and kick-ass shifter girls.
And that brings us to Kyleigh. I loved the layers to her character. She's at once reserved and spunky, innocent and jaded. Watching her character emerge from the walls she'd built around herself was fascinating, and the way she put up with Ian's shit was pretty damn impressive. Kyleigh is one of those truly selfless characters that you can't help but like and pull for, and I loved the relationship she built with Mitchell too. Because, let's be honest: as a significant factor in Ian's redemption, Mitchell and Kyleigh had to work for Kyleigh and Ian to work.
You're going to love this installment in the Moon Virus series!
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*