NOBODY'S LADY by Amy McNulty!
I have a review of the book for you plus there is a giveaway at the bottom that you can enter! But first let's learn more about the book...
Author: Amy McNulty
Series: Never Veil #2
Source: eARC via the Publisher
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
WARNING! This is the SECOND book in the series! You can see my review of the first book, NOBODY'S GODDESS. I do my best to be spoiler free but ... it's pretty hard with this one tbh. Be cautious!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this one, more than NOBODY'S GODDESS, actually. This is well on it's way to becoming one of my favourite series because there is such a good overlap of great characters, romance, and magic that I am actively wanting more of all three rather than less of any of them. I like the way McNulty writes and the tone of this book: fear but hope wrapped up in a bit of anger and resentment. It came across quite nicely and I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to see what it means to really have a choice in how your life plays out.
I felt like the characters were really well done and the plot progressed in a natural way without it feeling like second book syndrome. I liked that it had it's own plot arc while still adding in elements to further the story and make me want to continue on living in Noll's world. I quite enjoyed that we learned a bit more about how the world "works" in this one and more about the glowing pond. I think the pond was used adequately in NOBODY'S GODDESS and expanded much further in NOBODY'S LADY to the point that I can't wait to see what happens in NOBODY'S PAWN with the pond and it's arc. The magic was even more intriguing this time around and I am hoping we learn more about the secrets behind the pond and the book in the next installment of this series.
I liked the dynamic between the "freed" men and the women and I really like Ailill and his relationship with Noll. I think the best thing this series does is look at what it means to love and be loved -- even when that love isn't returned. I really like that relationships are so complex, especially Noll and Ailill's because it makes it that much more interesting to read about.
I think there is a lot of really good things in this series and I cannot wait to read what happens next!
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.