by Jessie Mihalik
Interplanetary intrigue and romance combine in this electrifying finale to the Consortium Rebellion series.
As the youngest member of her High House, Catarina von Hasenberg is used to being underestimated, but her youth and flighty, bubbly personality mask a clever mind and stubborn determination. Her enemies, blind to her true strength, do not suspect that Cat is a spy—which makes her the perfect candidate to go undercover at a rival House’s summer retreat to gather intelligence on their recent treachery.
Cat’s overprotective older sister reluctantly agrees, but on one condition: Cat cannot go alone. Alexander Sterling, a quiet, gorgeous bodyguard, will accompany her, posing as her lover. After Cat tries, and fails, to ditch Alex, she grudgingly agrees, confident in her ability to manage him. After all, she’s never found a person she can’t manipulate.
But Alex proves more difficult—and more desirable—than Cat anticipated. When she’s attacked and nearly killed, she and Alex are forced to work together to figure out how deep the treason goes. With rumors of widespread assaults on Serenity raging, communications down, and the rest of her family trapped off-planet, Catarina must persuade Alex to return to Earth to expose the truth and finish this deadly battle once and for all.
But Cat can’t explain why she’s the perfect person to infiltrate hostile territory without revealing secrets she’d rather keep buried. . . .
I’m not going to lie, the release date of Chaos Reigning totally snuck up on me. I’m going to blame the lockdown and how time no longer has any meaning. Once I realized the release day was this week, I dropped my current book and binge-read this. And it was a binge-read because I didn’t want to put the book down for a single second.
Chaos Reigning follows the youngest von Hasenberg, Cat. At first you think it’s going to be a simple story of a pretend relationship between Cat and her “boyfriend” i.e. bodyguard Alex at a house party. Like her sisters, Cat has serious secrets and she perhaps plays the society game the best. She has a public persona of being bubbly and social and that hides her true brilliance. She doesn’t want the bodyguards her sister stuck her with and spends some time trying to brush them off. However, between her attraction to Alex and both him and Aiofe proving helpful, they become an unstoppable group. As things dramatically change and Cat needs to shed her persona for that of leader, Alex’s support is crucial.
I loved each book in the series but I think Cat’s just might be my favorite. Something about the strong, caring, and yet unsure girl underneath that bubbly persona just appeals to me. Add that with Alex’s confidence in her, this book is my catnip. Jessie Mihalik keeps the action and everything moving so fast that Alex and Cat struggle to have time to move their relationship to more and that burning attraction is the undercurrent of the complex situation they find themselves in. There’s certainly never a dull moment in this book. The characters are thrust into situations so intense and are forced to make really difficult decisions that a times you forgot Cat is only in her 20s until she shows her insecurity. This is a complex and skillfully written story and Jessie Mihalik completely knocks it out of the park!
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jessie Mihalik has a degree in Computer Science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves.