Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade

Posted October 17, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Werewolves / 62 Comments

Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade
Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade
Series: Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2
Published by InterMix
Published on: October 21, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Pages: 313
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Some people need something to fight for…

With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.

After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.

Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.

When word reaches them that Jillian's hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…



This one’s going to be a doozy to review without spoilers because most of the main plot line revolved around one major event that set a chain reaction in motion, but I am going to try. If I fail, well consider this your warning! Apparently Kelly Meade (Meding) is known for her dark writing style although admittedly I have yet to read her DREG CITY series; however that most certainly is proving to be the case as far as her CORNERSTONE RUN trilogy is concerned. BLACK ROOK was dark, but GRAY BISHOP was downright pitch black, not exactly what comes to mind when I think of Paranormal Romance, yet you won’t hear me complaining! And, just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; there were two sex scenes (yes, I counted) compared to the staggering number of deaths which totaled in the hundreds. That being said, there was a HEA at the end of the tunnel, both for the main couple and for two other pairings.

Initially Jillian & Bishop’s relationship was very à la Romeo and Juliet in that they are soon-to-be Alphas of their respective runs, and can never be more than bed buddies on account of their family responsibilities. Death is the only way they can be together, although in this case it’s not theirs, but rather someone(s) else’s which means that their love comes at a very high price. I guessed the key to their mating pretty early on, however because of the means and the genre under which is series is shelved, I assumed that the author would find another way, so when my speculations proved true I couldn’t avoid shedding a few tears. Meade is one cold hearted writer—I even told her so on Twitter, and she replied with an ominous cackle. There is an upside to forbidden love though, when the protagonists do get it on, they make it count which means that those two sex scenes I mentioned earlier are real scorchers!

I wish that Bishop had played a larger role in his own story; I found that his character was somewhat overshadowed by his brother, Knight. I get that the author was setting up for the next book, and that he’s key to this trilogy’s main plot arc, however at certain points I did find myself forgetting that GRAY BISHOP was supposed to be about the eldest McQueen sibling. That complaint aside, I did like the gray wolf, he’s a true Alpha in every sense of the word, and his actions reflected that every step of the way. Jillian’s backstory is tragic, and her present circumstances weren’t much better, but she too proved worthy of her status within the pack hierarchy on multiple occasions, and I absolutely loved Reynolds and Bishop as a power couple. The previous installment featured a werewolf / Magi matching, so I was thrilled that a true loup garou pairing happened this time around.

I liked how certain aspects of this story were linked to the McQueens’ mother, and I enjoyed the brothers’ interactions with Colin Corman even though I can’t really say more than that because—spoiler! The half-breed triplets were once again wrecking havoc on the quaint town of Cornerstone, and this time around they have feral wolves in toe. Shay finally came out of her shell, but her happiness was short-lived by virtue of Meade being EVIL. We also get 100% confirmation about what happened to Knight in the previous book, and although that particular subject still makes me horribly uncomfortable, it was lessened by the fact that he’s a male. Hmm… double-standard much? The final chapters end on a high note with several weddings, only to immediately come crashing down on readers’ heads afterward because, again, Meade = EVIL.

GRAY BISHOP gave me the worst case of feels I’ve had in a long time, but I fully expect myself to cheer out loud when the villains get what’s coming to them in WHITE KNIGHT. Watch out girls, the McQueens are coming for YOU!

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62 responses to “Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade

    • That’s probably why Meade left Knight’s book until the very end. At least it comes out soon-ish, so we don’t have too long to wait for the conclusion to this trilogy.

    • I’m not sure what the author’s intentions were with regards to the protagonists’ lack of facetime, but her approach to PNR is super different, so expect the unexpected I guess! I’ll keep my eyes peeling on your GR status updates, they should be interesting. LOL

  1. that dark? oh better that i pass this one then i’m too sensitive these day and the blurb only had my heart constrict a little so definitively for later or never^^

    thank you for the great review ( minus spoiler only in my opinion so nothing to fear on that front^^)
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    • DARK is an understatement. I keep expecting happy-go-lucky PNR, I’ll know better for when I read the final installment. Thanks for letting me know that I succeeded in keeping my review spoiler-free.

  2. Okay, I can deal with pitch black Carmel as long as I get an HEA at the end. Otherwise, this one would just be too dark for me, I can tell. And I love that you kept track of how many sex scenes – I’ve done that before, I won’t lie:) Looking forward to giving this series a try!!!

    • The HEA is kinda lessened by the oh-shit ending, but this is a trilogy, so not everything can be resolved in book 2. I’m such a dork with my note taking while reading, however it makes review writing SO much easier!

  3. I like your little pictures of your feelings about the book. 🙂 I usually don’t like werewolf stories, mostly because their societies are usually so male driven. A dark paranormal romance sounds interesting. Tons of deaths isn’t good though. haha I like that she responded to your tweet! Yeah in real life sometimes the younger sibling is the most mature. (Like me and my sister. Yup I’m the older one.) Your hints about what happened to Knight let me know that nope, this is not the series for me. Nice review. 🙂
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    • I’m the oldest in my family as well, and my sister is definitely the more mature one. Hehe! We used to work together and customers thought I was the youngest. Yeah, this series isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure!

  4. Amber Elise  

    Writing a review for a sequel is one of the hardest things in life I swear! I haven’t read this series yet, but is it sick that I actually like having authors break my heart into tiny microscopic pieces?

    Amber Elise @Du Livre

  5. Berls from Fantasy is More  

    Oh gaw! Why haven’t I read the first one yet?!?! I remember thinking I HAD to read it when you reviewed it, but then… Who knows? And now this one! I love dark and its not in PNR enough, so what a treat. BTW – great review, you didn’t spoil it for me at all! I just need to start this series… Yesterday!!!
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    • You’re obviously slacking, Kimberly. Shame on you!! Naah, you took a bit of a bloggy break there, so I’ll be lenient with you for a little while longer, but not much. 😉

    • It’s not overly graphic, most of the deaths happen off-scene, and we don’t get to actually witness that thing with Knight, but if you have an overactive imagination like myself… Oye!

  6. Well now you have me curious. I love most paranormal romance type stories and if there’s a little bloodshed during the story that’s ok with me as long as I get what I want in the end. I love the fact that you tweeted to the author and she cackled at you. That’s so awesome.
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    • Readers expecting ponies and rainbows will probably be traumatized by this one, but those looking for something on the darker side will be pleasantly surprised.

  7. I’m skipping the review because I’m currently reading it but I really enjoy it for now. I’m curious to see how everything will end. It’s a really nice series to read.

    • Naah, I often have to check my GoodReads shelves to see whether I own and/or have read a title. When you devour as many books as we do, it just comes with the territory.

    • I so know where you are coming from, but it’s only a trilogy, so it’s not that bad. You can do it!!! Plus, I liked book 1 more than this one, if that helps.

  8. Joy

    Wonderful review, Carmel. I don’t know why but I’m just not a fan of werevolves for some reason. (Perhaps the hairiness? HA!) I applaud the author for being able to write the way she wants, rather than tailor her writing to what the audience expects. To write such a dark book comes with expectations that it will not be everyone’s cup of tea, so cheers to her for going through with it. It’s always a good sign when a book can illicit soooo many feelings as well. Glad you enjoyed this! x
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  9. Oh good gracious, Carmel. I already had Black Rook on my wishlist – oh wait, I one-clicked it. And NOW I have even more reason to start this series. I like the dark. 😉 I laughed that you tweeted to Meade that she’s cold-hearted. Worse case of feels in a long time? Yeah, I’ll be starting this series as soon as I can. 🙂
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  10. I’m glad that you’re loving this series, Carmel – I remember how much you liked Black Rook! I agree that Knight kind of overshadows his brothers sometimes; even in the first book that happened occasionally. Not a terrible problem to have I guess, since it means that Meade can write a very compelling character. He’s the fan favourite, from what I understand!
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    • I think the whole Knight thing is further proof of just how EVIL Kelly Meade really is. LOL Black Rook was my fav installment so far, but I have sky high hopes for the last book, especially after having to suffer through so much build up.