Sang Sorenson’s father abandoned her and her sister, leaving them to fend for themselves for months. He’s returned, and finds Sang is missing. He demands she return. Right now. Her Academy team doesn’t want to risk losing her ghost status and she doesn’t want to put them in danger, so she reluctantly returns home, but is comforted that she will still be monitored by them. But the second she opens the door, she discovers her father has made changes that will affect her entire future. His decisions will make them a normal family. Normal is no longer what Sang wants. It would kill her Academy career before it ever started. Not to mention it would end the special, new, and still-fragile relationships with the guys. Sang struggles with her family, her identity, and where she truly belongs. Now that the entire team knows about their romantic relationships with her, tensions are mounting, tearing the team apart from the inside. Only, Dr. Green isn’t going to lie down and roll over by playing by the rules. Not anymore. Not while Sang is at risk. His heart can’t take leaving her in that house one more minute. He needs her. They all do.
This is the first review I am writing of this book series, although it is the 11th book in this saga. Eventually, I would like to write a review for each of these books (yeah, okay…let’s just say it’s been added to my ‘To-Do’ List).
I love this story! The characters in this series are relatable, each having flaws and strengths. Sang is one of my favorite protagonists. Even though I am fortunate in never enduring a fraction of the abuse she has suffered, I strongly connect with her thought processes and understand her actions This book picks up exactly where the previous book left off (The Academy – First Kiss). C.L. Stone does an excellent job of making seamless transitions from one book to the next. Each book is a continuation in the story line. At times I feel like the story timeline is moving too slow. This is probably because the events in each individual book seem to happen over a period of days or weeks compared to the reality of waiting for the next book release, which covers so many more months!
Black and Green goes more in depth into the up-bringing of the adorable Dr. Sean Green. Until this point, only little snippets of his back-story were revealed. In this book, Dr. Sean finally crossed the invisible line that has separated Mr. Blackbourne and Dr. Green from the rest of the family. For multiple reasons, Dr. Green will understandably still have to keep one foot on the other side of that invisible line, but I am so glad that his character feels like a more integrated part of this Academy family.
This book series has a lot of characters to keep straight, but C.L. Stone somehow introduced two new characters and made them an exciting and unexpected addition to this story. We meet another imposing mother-figure for Sang to assess and be tortured by (Oh, sorry, I mean deal with), fortunately this time she has the help of her new-found Academy family for support. Jimmy turned out to be completely opposite of my expectations when he was first introduced. I was surprised by his refreshingly non-cliché personality and actions. I also appreciate how C.L. Stone resurrects characters who have taken a bit of leave of absence.
Just as each of the other books in this series has ended, Black and Green’s conclusion leaves me anticipating the next installment of this intricately woven story with it’s endearing characters. The Academy-The Ghost Bird Series-Love’s Cruel Redemption, book 12, is “coming soon”. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t mean an entire year from now!