Title: Grave Consequences
Series: Grand Tour
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Published: March 1, 2013
Cora Deihl Kensington has battled new siblings in Montana and kidnappers and who she is in France, now Cora and the Kensington kids are heading to Austria and Italy but it looks like her battles aren’t over just yet. Now Cora must deal with two very different men who both love her. As Cora journeys across Europe with her siblings she begins to find herself and who she wants to be, but she must come to some painful conclusions and make difficult decisions to get there.
Will, the young bear-in-training for their journey, begins to realize that he’s fallen invoke with Cora, something that’s against the rules and potentially career ruining for him. It pains him to see her in the arms of Pierre but there’s nothing he can do, not only is there nothing he can give her but a pile of debt but if he pursues her he risks being fired. He wants to court her but it seems like everything and everyone is standing in his way.
The farther into Austria they get the more their attraction and love grows and Cora must decide who she will choose, the Prince Charming with everything or the poor guide with nothing. When tragedy strikes Will must make an important decision and when their kidnapper shows his face again they must decide whether or not to continue with a persistent kidnapper licking their heels.
Will Cora choose Pierre, Will or no one at all? Will Will risk everything and show his intentions to her manipulative father or will he stay silent and be forced to see her in the arms of another? Will Cora finally fit in with her siblings or will she forever be the black sheep of the family? Will Cora decide to go back to school or will she decide to stay in the glamour of the upper echelon?
Though this book was a joy to read, I’m very thankful I read the first book, because this book starts off where the first left off without much recapping, so remembering who’s who proves to be a bit difficult and I highly recommend reading the first first or else I fear you will be completely and utterly lost for a good portion of the book. Thankfully once your memory is jogged the book picks up nicely and it gets easier to differentiate between the many characters in this book.
Compared to the first book in the series this book has an increased amount of romance and suspense, both of which I was happy about, and the love triangle slowly begins to fade as we start to see the true winner of Cora’s heart. With two great and compassionate guys vying for her attention, many readers will probably be disappointed in who she picks but personally I liked who she picked and wouldn’t have wanted her to pick the other guy.
The added suspense in this one is also an added bonus. It keeps the book’s pace up but also it keeps the level of intensity throughout the book. The suspense definitely helps break up the endless history lessons, which I enjoy in moderation, and thankfully the author traded some of the history for more suspense making this book definitely easier to read.
Cora’s angst is as evident in this book as it was in the first. She’s still trying to figure out where she belongs and what se wants with her life. Will also has some angst in this book too. He has to decide whether he’s going to pursue Cora or whether he’s going to concede and let Pierre have her. All of that combined together makes a nice story with a lovely love triangle, if that’s even possible. I enjoyed this book and the characters within and can’t wait to conclude the series in October.
This author captured me with the first book in the series and made me want to read more of Cora’s story. I also want to read the other trilogy by her that I have on my kindle. I can’t quite put my finger on why I enjoy her books but for some reason she’s made me a fan and I can’t wait to read more from her. I recommend this series and author.
Overall, it was a great book with much more romance and suspense than the last book in this interesting series. I recommend this book to those who want something a bit different than the usual romance novel. This book is probably best left to adults and maybe really mature teenagers. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*