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I'm loving this series. Anna and Charles go to Seattle, run in to trouble and have great adventures along the way. Great 2nd book in the series. Still loving the relationship between Anna and Charles and the action plot was good as always. Briggs has another good series here. Highly recommended!
I loved this story and I didn't expect that..really I didn't! This book has Kaleb Krychek as the hero and considering he's a member of the Psy council (that is now pretty much defunct) and has seemed like a bad guy with plans to take over the whole Psy-net I wasn't sure what to expect in this book but Singh did a great job.
Because lots of unexpected and interesting events in this book it might be hard not to let stuff slip during this review (although I'll try not to let anything too important come through). I wont hide the entire review but if you read this be warned that you may be confronted with a few spoilers. :D
Sahara is a member of the NightStar family (she's a cousin to Faith, the heroine from Visions of Heat). She has the gift of backsight (seeing past events) but also has an little-known and rare gift that allows her to get in the mind of any Psy. Sahara was kidnapped and held captive for 7 years (since she was 16 years old) by people that tried to force her to use her gift for them. She made a labyrinth of her mind as a matter of self defense and it thankfully kept her safe until she was rescued.
Kaleb is a hard man that's been through hell. He is a very strong Psy that's a cardinal in both telepathy and telekinesis (being that strong in 2 different areas is unheard of and makes Kaleb pretty much the strongest Psy out there). Kaleb was the (unwilling) pupil of the former Psy Councillor Santano, who was a psychotic killer that was killed by the Changelings in Slave to Sensation. Santano had a certain amount of control over Kaleb as he was growing up and Kaleb wasn't completely free until Santano was killed.
Kaleb and Sahara met as children and Sahara was the first person Kaleb could ever remember showing him any kindness. Because of this, Kaleb finds ways to come back to visit Sahara for years and they develop a bond, an emotional bond, making plans to be together when they're grown and able to live their lives. During this time, Kaleb is being put through a lot of bad crap by Santano and poor Kaleb doesn't have much choice about it. Kaleb tries to hide his relationship with Sahara from Santano but he finds out. There's a traumatic event (Santano) that ends up tearing Kaleb and Sahara apart. Sahara is kept captive somewhere that Kaleb can't find her, not even once Santano is dead. Kaleb keeps searching and eventually (at the end of the previous book) he finds her and rescues her from her jailers. As I noted above, Sahara made a labyrinth of her mind to protect herself from her captors so when she's rescued her mind is still in a state that leaves her without most of her memories. Kaleb nurses her back to health and tries to gain her trust. Their previous relationship isn't clear at this point so it's hard to figure out what Kaleb wants from her but it's very apparent that he is extremely protective of her and doesn't want any harm to come to her. Sahara feels a connection to Kaleb and feels safe with him but she doesn't remember him (or much of anything). Once she's safe, Sahara's "mind labrynth" unwinds itself and she comes back to herself with some time. But even with her mind getting back to normal, Sahara worries that her feelings towards Kaleb are indications that her mind is permanently damaged (since she seems to trust him without reason).
Kaleb and Sahara spend time together as she recovers and she finds that she's very attracted to Kaleb and want to touch him. Her silence was never the best as a child (hence the bond that formed between them) and her captivity broke what was left of it. Kaleb has been obsessed with getting Sahara back but has closed off the rest of him for years and has a hard time returning her feelings but he doesn't push her away, wanting her bonded to him so she'll never try to leave him. Sahara doesn't really understand what he wants from her though, she just knows that he's claiming her as his and he wants her to stay with him for good. Fortunately, Kaleb also doesn't want to hurt her in any way, so when she asks to be allowed to go see her family and stay with them, Kaleb allows it (although he's unthrilled to be letting her go). This actually helps things though because it helps Sahara feel more comfortable with him and her feelings toward him since he's not her captor any more. Things start growing more intense between them and they start in to a true relationship. I have to say that I really liked the way their story came about. It was a little confusing at first because you don't know their complete background or what exactly Kaleb wants from Sahara but it works out well. While Kaleb and Sahara are getting to know each other again there's a lot going on in the action plot. The series storyline that's been growing has finally hit a culmination point and the Psy war spikes. The "Pure-Psy" group is out killing Psy, Changeling and Humans as they've basically become mindless fanatics that believe that they need to kill off everyone they can so the strong will rise to rule the Earth (which they automatically assume will be the Psy..minus the weak Psy of course). Kaleb, the Arrows and a few others try to stop the Pure-Psy movement and mitigate the damage from the multiple attacks all around the Earth. There's a lot of drama and trauma but the war is stopped and a few of the good Psy (Kaleb, Nikita, Anthony and the Arrows) band together to lead the Psy in to an uncertain future. The book concludes with the Psy facing major changes as they try to figure out how to live new lives and Kaleb and Sahara starting their well deserved HEA.
This was a great book. I loved Kaleb and Sahara and thought they were great together. Kaleb is still a hard man after all he's been through in the past but I loved how Sahara got through to him and made him a better man because he wanted to be that for her (she's his conscience). This was a great addition to the series and I think this book is now my favorite of the series. I can't wait to see how things go in the next book...so many things to look forward to! I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
This is a story about a human that's transported in to space just before the Earth is destroyed. He has many adventures and finds out some surprising information about the origins of the Earth. The story was preformed by a host of players (originally done on the radio) that did a very good job at playing out the story. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours.
This was a great story! I loved both Makenna and Caden and completely enjoyed their story. I've read a few other books by this author (books #1 & 2 for the Hard Ink series) and I've liked the previous book I've read by her but this one beat them both. I think I've just found another addition to my favorites list. :D
Makenna is a forensic accountant and is a sweet and down to earth woman. She has a dad and 3 brothers that she loves but lost her mother at a very early age. This upbringing (regardless of an Aunt being there for her) meant that Makenna grew up a bit of a tomboy (although she did find her feminine side in college). I really liked Makenna as she's very honest and straightforward while still being warm and caring. Unfortunately, Makenna is having a horrible day when the story begins and the one bright spot is a good Samaritan holding the elevator door for her as she's running to catch it.
Caden is a EMT that works for a local fire station. He's tattooed and pierced and tends not to let many people get very close. He's actually a very nice guy though but tends to keep people at a distance instead of letting them close where they can hurt him. Caden suffered a big loss when he was 14 years old and it marked him strongly. He's managed to be content in his life but never really happy. Caden isn't really having a good day either and since he's claustrophobic (especially when combined with pitch blackness) his day gets significantly worse when the elevator breaks down and all power is lost leaving everything black.
When Makenna is rushing for the elevator, she doesn't see much of Caden except the hand he's using to hold the door for her (which has a dragon tattoo on it). Since she's just broken her cell phone and is in the process of messing with it as she boards the elevator, Caden doesn't see much of Makenna except for her long red hair and a cute butt under her skirt. Almost immediately, the elevator stops and loses all power as it goes pitch black. Caden is trying to keep from freaking out and finds that Makenna helps when she talks to him. He confides his claustrophobia to her and Makenna is willing to help out by talking to him. They start a back and forth questioning of each other that goes from the most basic info (like favorite color & music) to (eventually) more personal info (details about their first times). They also share some personal info about their pasts (tragedy type stuff) that makes them feel even closer to each other. I really liked the way their relationship is built. They're strangers but yet in the intimacy of the hours spent together in darkness talking and sharing with each other, they become a lot more than that. There's some heavy petting while they're trapped but it's after they get out that the attraction between them explodes. Overall, the story took place over less than 12 hours but it felt like they had something solid to begin with as the story ended because it's obvious that they're starting to fall for each other and that they're both very intent on continuing their relationship long term. So HFN or HEA...I'm not sure which it would be considered but it definitely ends happily and satisfyingly. :D
I loved this story. Makenna and Caden are both great characters. Makenna is warm and straightforward and Caden is a strong (if rather scared) man that has a definite soft spot for Makenna. Caden is one of those men that you just know could be perfect with the right woman and you just wish you're that woman. Luckily for Makenna she's his. :) I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs way up! :D
This was a very good book. I liked Crystal and Shane and was happy that things worked out for them. This was a good addition to the series and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Crystal is a waitress at a strip bar but not by choice. Her mother and father are both dead and her father died with a debt to a gang. This gang then came after Crystal for the money. Crystal has a little sister named Jenna that has epilepsy and Crystal is determined to take care of her and protect her. When Crystal was given the option to work for the strip club as a way to pay back the debt (giving up the majority of her wages) she took it (as it was much better than other options). Unfortunately this kindness ended up getting her involved with a gang member that tends to beat Crystal and threaten her sister to ensure her obedience. Crystal plots and plans for the day when Jenna completes college and they can run away and hopefully escape the gang.
Shane is a good guy and a ex-special forces who (along with 4 other team mates) was framed and discharged from service (and not honorably). Shane lost his sister when he was young and feels responsible for her loss. Because of this, Shane is particularly sensitive about women in trouble. Shane is in town working with his old team trying to clear their names.
In the first book of the series, Hard as it Gets, Shane helped his teammates free the brother of Becca (the heroine from that book). During this mission, Shane meets Crystal and she ends up helping them. Shane can’t forget her afterwards and worries she’ll get in trouble for helping them. This book picks up immediately after book #1 ends so it’s very soon after when Shane connects with Crystal again. He tries to get her help, hoping to get some info that might help their mission. He also has a personal interest in her though and it grows stronger each time he sees her. Crystal is walking a fine line, trying to keep her “boyfriend” happy, keeping her sister safe and always acting perfect lest it all fall to pieces around her. Because of living this life for the last 4 years, Crystal doesn't trust anyone and so Shane has trouble getting her to give him a chance. Regardless of her reserve, Crystal does end up slipping helpful info to Shane even though it puts her in danger. Crystal has a really tough time of things and as her past and present experiences unfold it’s easy to see that Crystal is a very strong woman that has gotten past a lot.
Shane falls for Crystal pretty quickly but I felt a little bad for him as he has a tough time getting Crystal to trust him. She’s understandably skittish and a time or 2 he does mess up and push her a bit hard. Crystal falls for Shane as well but can’t believe her luck would ever allow her to have someone as good as Shane. Crystal keeps trying to push Shane away in an effort to protect herself but she has trouble not reacting to him (both physically and emotionally). Shane’s determined to help Crystal and keeps trying, offering her whatever help she’ll accept. She doesn't accept immediately but eventually when Jenna convinces her it’s necessary, Crystal asks Shane for help escaping her life. Before things can get worked out, Crystal’s life goes nuts and her sister is put in danger. There’s much drama as the rescue is planned and implemented. There’s also some good progress made in the series story line (about clearing their names) but things are still in the works. Crystal ends up being of great help in the progress made in this book. Things get wrapped up in this book with Crystal and Shane admitting their feelings for each other and working things out between them so they can start their HEA.
This was a very good story. I liked both Shane and Crystal and liked the story. I think this book was a little more poignant and emotional than the first book in some ways because of the reluctance to get involved on Crystal’s side. It made things a little more dramatic as you’re left wondering how Shane will get Crystal to trust him. Once again I felt the story was well balanced between the romance and the action/suspense. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I’d recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
This was a great story. I liked Riaz previously but wasn’t sure what to think about him getting a book considering his “situation” but I really liked the way things turned out. Adria is great. She and Riaz end up being a great couple.
Adria is the aunt of Indigo (from Play of Passion) but because she was a late baby she’s barely older than Indigo. She was in a long-term relationship with a shifter, Martin, who was less dominant than her and she was hurt greatly by where their relationship went and his actions towards her. Her family disliked Martin and that made things even more difficult for her. After she split up with Martin, Adria moved back home and is now trying to rebuild her life and get her family relationship back on track. The last thing she intends to do is get involved with another man.
Riaz is a Lieutenant in the Snow Dancer wolf pack. He traveled for years as part of his duties for the pack but recently came back home for a while. Riaz needs the homecoming because during his travels he met a human woman that his wolf recognized as his mate. Since she was happily married, Riaz didn't have a chance with her and was crushed. He swore fidelity to his lost mate, never planning to be with another woman.
Riaz's plans are messed up when he meets Adria because she gets under his skin badly. Riaz isn’t happy about the attraction to Adria and acts like a real jerk towards her. Adria feels the attraction to Riaz as well and considering she just got out of a bad relationship she doesn't want anything to do with Riaz either. They snipe at each other a bit and Adria realizes that they don’t have to fight; they could just take advantage of their attraction in a no attachment fling. Riaz (in a rage at himself over his feelings for Adria) balks at the idea and says some hurtful things to Adria. He soon realizes that his issues aren't her fault and they make up and get to the point of respect/friendship. With the attraction between them, their friendship soon becomes a “friends with benefits” relationship. Riaz and Adria start working together well when it comes to pack business and find they complement each other in multiple areas. The longer they spend together, the more they both start feeling more than just friendship towards each other. Riaz is actually more accepting of their growing connection than I expected. Adria on the other hand is scared of the growing connection between them and fears that she'll get in another relationship that starts out well and turns to crap. She doesn't really run from Riaz but he does have to pursue her to a certain extent.
Some interesting things are taking place in the action plot as there’s a possible alliance with Black Sea aquatic pack (a changeling pack made up of many different types of water changelings that have banded together) as well as some interesting dealings with the Human alliance. There's also a continuing of escalations in the oncoming Psy war. The Psy Council is now pretty much defunct and a civil war has started within the Psy ranks. Psy start targeting Psy but the Changelings are still involved as they can't stand back and let innocents die. While the action plot is heating up, Riaz and Adria grow their relationship and we also get to see Hawke and Sienna's relationship as they start their lives together after their mating in the last book. I loved seeing both couples in their different stages of their relationships... it was a cool contrast and sweet on both sides. There is some drama to deal with as Riaz's possible mate shows back up and shakes things up for Adria and Riaz. Some of the action plot spikes during this time and danger is close but things work out for Riaz and Adria and the story ends with their well deserved HEA.
This was a great story. I loved Riaz and Adria getting together. It's an unexpected story but it turned out great. The action plot was pretty good and moved things along in the series storyline. I'm looking forward to the next book....it's about Kaleb (the Psy Councilor) which should be very interesting. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
This was a really good story. I've been waiting for Hawke and Sienna's book for ages and I was so happy to finally get to see them get together. I also liked that there was a secondary romance between Walker (Sienna's Uncle) and Lara (the pack healer) that gave us a extra bit of sweet to experience.
Sienna is part of a small family of Psy that escaped from the Psy-net. They expected to die but found shelter with the Snow Dancer wolf pack. Sienna is an extremely strong X-Psy. This is a type of Psy that usually die before they reach their 20s and is considered extremely dangerous. Sienna was trained for most of her life by the Psy Council member, Ming, and learned much from him, including battle strategy and how to use her powers. He also told her just how deadly her powers are and she's terrified that eventually her powers will escape her and cause death and destruction to those she loves.
Hawke is the Alpha of the Snow Dancer wolf pack. He hates most Psy but does make exceptions for those that don't follow the Psy Council any more. Hawke had a number of tragedies in his youth and one of the losses was the girl that was supposed to have been his mate. She died when she was only 5 years old (Hawke was 10 years old) and since then Hawke has determined that he will live his life alone.
Sienna has been attracted to Hawke since her family first came to the Snow dancer's pack. She was only 16 then and Hawke didn't seem to like her so she tried to suppress it and go on with her life. Sienna grows up a bit more and gets trained as a Snow Dancer fighter, becoming a responsible member of the pack. Sienna tried to move on from her attraction to Hawke but hasn't found anyone that brings about the feelings that Hawke does. Hawke treats Sienna with a very brusque manner, treating her more like a child than anything else. This is Hawke's way of trying to push Sienna away and it works for a couple years but once she hits 18 he has a harder and harder time trying to fight his wolf to stay away from her. Now you may wonder why Hawke's wolf is so interested...me too. Hawke insists that he has no ability to take a mate because the girl that was supposed to be his mate died as a child. The thing is that they were never mated so Hawke could still mate but he's in major denial about this and refuses to accept it as a possibility even when it's brought up. It makes perfect sense but Hawke is living in the valley of denial and wont see reason. Because of this he spends the first part of the story pushing Sienna away (which I found highly annoying). He eventually decides he has to have Sienna but still insists that he can't mate and she'll just have to accept what he can give her. Sienna is unwilling to accept Hawke's half-lame offer at first but eventually realizes that some of Hawke is better than none of Hawke and accepts the start of something between them.
While Hawke and Sienna are starting their "dance", there's major happenings with some of the Psy Councilors that seem to have decided to take out the Leopard and Wolf packs in the area (as well as 2 Psy Councilors that have ties to the packs) in an all out attack. There are some initial, smaller attacks that take place first and the packs have to scramble to try to isolate where the attacks are coming from and how to protect themselves from future attacks. Through this all, Sienna and Hawke have their relationship issues to deal with but they also have the problem of Sienna's growing power. It's gotten to the point where she's building power so fast that she can't siphon it off fast enough to keep from overloading. The more time that goes by, the more Sienna's power build and the more likely it is that she'll blow (and if she does, the blast may take out a huge area..like most of the state...or more). There's much scrambling trying to find a solution for Sienna's power issues as well. There's actually a lot going on in the story but it all fits in together well. Hawke and Sienna do come together and in an unexpected way that ends up bypassing Hawke's "issues". Walker and Lara get together as a side romance. There's happy news for Sascha and Lucas. The attack comes and it's bad but the good guys do come out on top. There's lots of drama but all the storylines get tied up nicely and we get 2 HEAs at the end.
I really enjoyed this story. I loved seeing Hawke and Sienna (and Walker and Lara) get together and find happiness. This story was a great combination of romance and action as there's plenty of both to keep things interesting. I had issues putting the book down because there was always something happening that made me not want to stop reading. The series storyline progressed nicely in this book and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
This was a great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. As the description notes, Adam's ex, Christy, has a stalker that she needs saving from. Things turn more difficult when they find the stalker isn't human and is extremely dangerous. Christy comes in to Adam and Mercy's house and starts stomping all over Mercy in ways that makes it difficult for Mercy to fight back without looking petty. Somehow Christy has this whole "poor me" thing going that makes everyone blame Mercy for any thing wrong whether it's Mercy's fault or not. Things aren't good for Mercy when it comes to the whole Christy situation so she does what she can to help further the investigation quickly to hopefully get her out sooner.
Things in Mercy and Adam's lives are complicated further when a Fae comes to Mercy demanding the walking stick (a Fae artifact that is currently in the hands of Coyote, the native american "god"). Since the Fae is threatening terrible things, Mercy feels it's necessary to find Coyote ASAP to get the walking stick back. There are other things going on as well, as Mercy meets a half-brother she didn't know about, the pack gets a new member and there's trouble when Mercy is targeted by a federal agency that wants to study a captive werewolf and thinks she's a werewolf. Regardless of the multiple issues thrown at them, Mercy and Adam stick together and show just why they're such a good couple. Even with the issue of the "ex" being in the house Mercy never had to fear that Adam might be tempted by Christy. Adam didn't do real well at standing up to Christy but he never let her steal his love and attention from Mercy. The bad guy is a rough one and there's much drama as they prepare to take on the enemy and then get surprised at the last minute. Things don't work out exactly as planned but they do work out and everyone recovers in the aftermath. Adam and Mercy (of course) continue their HEA.
This was a great addition to the series. Adam and Mercy are great together and this book shows why that is. I hated Christy with the heat of a thousand suns...I just hope she doesn't actually move to town...Mercy doesn't deserve to have to deal with Christy that much. I do hope Mercy's brother (Gary) sticks around...he seems pretty cool and I can see good possibilities there. The action plot was frequent and kept things hopping while the personal stuff was hit on multiple fronts but all blended well in to a great story that kept me engaged until the end. Briggs is a great author and I love this series. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
This was a good story. I liked both Erin and Ivan and liked their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked this enough that I'd be willing to consider trying more of her work in the future.
Erin is a good woman that's in a bit of trouble. She lost her parents years before and her sister, Rose, is a drug addict that seems beyond help. Erin spends a lot of time looking after Rose and cleaning up her messes but since Rose doesn't care enough to stay off the drugs, all Erin's efforts are pretty much just enabling Rose to be that way. Now Rose is missing and Erin is trying to find her before things go bad.
Ivan is a Russian that used to be in the Russian mob. He moved to the US years ago and straightened out his life. Ivan is a big man and is feared by most because of his looks and reputation. Although Ivan never fought professionally, his fighting skills were well known enough that he was able to open a successful business training fighters in his gym, spending most of his time doing this.
Erin approaches Ivan for help and to be honest, I didn't know how she expected it to turn out because she didn't know him, he didn't know her and there was no reason at all for him to help out. Even his reputation doesn't give the idea that he's a helpful sort. Regardless, Erin goes in to Ivan's gym and asks for help with the heavy crap Rose got mixed up in. Ivan refuses her at first but evidently can't stand to turn her away and agrees to see what he can find out (but makes no promises). There's an attraction between them right away and Ivan does his best not to scare her. Surprisingly, although she realizes that Ivan is a scary guy, he doesn't scare Erin and she's intrigued by him more than anything. Soon after their meeting, Erin gets in to some trouble with the people looking for Rose and Ivan helps get her out safe. After this she stays with Ivan while things get worked out. The story is very short and I do wish there had been a little more of a fleshing out of their relationship within the short time frame given by the book but it worked overall and I enjoyed the story. The story is resolved with Rose out of danger and things proceeding well for Ivan and Erin as they start their HEA together.
This was a good story. I liked the characters and story but I do wish there had been a little more fleshing out of their relationship. Still enjoyed the story though and ended it satisfied. I'm curious about some of the other Russian guys and am considering trying book #2 in the series. :)
This was a really good story. I liked both Nick and Becca and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it enough I've already bought the next book in the series to start next.
Becca is an emergency room nurse and has lost all her family except her brother, Charlie. Her brother got mixed up in something bad and is now missing and Becca's determined to get him back. Charlie left her a message to go to their father's old team (their father was a commander of a special forces team) for help. Becca goes to Hard Ink looking for Nick (the second in command of the team) but is surprised to find herself turned away rudely without even a chance to explain what she needed.
Nick is a good guy but isn't in a good place when the book starts. He spent years in the special forces but because of a corrupt commander, he and the members of his team ended up blamed for the something that wasn't their fault in a cover-up and forced out of the Army in dishonor. Nick felt a lot of guilt for not seeing what was happening beforehand and has isolated himself from his team since they all got back to the US. Nick has been working as a Process server and doing tattoos for his brother on the side. Nick wasn't prepared for the daughter of the man that betrayed them to come looking to him for help. He sends her away but has trouble forgetting her.
Regardless of the fact that Nick sent Becca away without hearing what was wrong, he couldn't forget her and ends up checking up on her. At one point he's outside her place when she's just gotten home and he realizes someone else is in the house with her. Becca isn't a stupid woman though and is already making her way out of her house (without alerting the intruder) as Nick goes to help. The intruder escapes and Nick insists that Becca should come stay with him. Considering his past attitude, Becca isn't sure why she should trust Nick but he eventually convinces her it's not safe to stay where she is. Once they're somewhere safe, Nick gets the whole story from Becca and knows he has to help her out because she's not guilty of her father's actions and doesn't even know about them. By this point, Nick is feeling very protective of Becca and is determined to help her out. As he starts to help her he discovers things are much worse than what he originally thought and that things may go as far as corrupt police that aren't even filing the reports for the issues Becca's been having and Charlie being missing. The more he discovers, the more sure Nick is that Charlie found something out about his father's dealings and was kidnapped due to that. Since the police are of no help, Nick realizes he needs help and the only likely source is his old team.
Since Nick has isolated himself from his old team due to guilt, he doesn't exactly get a warm welcome when he calls his teammates for help but they still come. They're rough on Nick for a bit due to his isolationist actions but as they start working the case, things between them all start getting back to something good. The team isn't too sure about Becca either but she soon wins them over with her warm attitude. While the team investigates leads to find Charlie, Beacca and Nick become close quickly and soon the attraction between them explodes. Nick messes up in his initial handling of things but soon realizes his mistake and does better. Nick realizes very quickly that Becca is something special and worth fighting for. Becca is actually a great heroine. She's strong but still very sweet and she's smart...no TSTL moments for her. Even when she's under duress she's able to keep her head on straight. Once Nick got his act together and they started seriously in the relationship I think they complimented each other very well. There's some danger and more investigating as the case progresses. There's some drama as Becca discovers what happened between Nick's team and her father but over all she did very well at handling everything. I liked the way Becca and Nick's relationship came together. It was quick but considering the strong initial attraction and the intense situation they were in at the time, the quick time frame doesn't necessarily seem all that rushed. The action story line is not exactly resolved...the issue with Charlie is handled but the team isn't able to get the info they need to clear their names. The books ends with the team (and Becca and Charlie) pledging to stick together and do whatever it takes to bring the truth to light. And of course, Becca and Nick start their HEA. :)
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Becca and Nick and liked how their relationship worked out. I really liked the story, both the action and romance story lines were well done and well balanced. I also liked some of the more light parts of the story, like Becca saving the 3 legged-dog and the ensuing arguments about the dog's name. And the banter between the members of the team or Nick and his brother (Jeremy, who was a very cool character). I found the story and characters to be interesting and engaging and I didn't want it to end. I'm starting book #2 immediately so hopefully I can sustain this book high a bit longer. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
This was a really good story. I liked Max in the previous book he was in Mine to Possess and I was happy to see him get his story. Sophia is a good match for Max and I liked the way their relationship developed.
Sophia is a J-Psy (a Justice Psy, they have the ability to not only read memories but also project them to others) and has been working in that capacity since she was 16 years old (and she's now 28). Sophia has a troubling past that messed up her conditioning at an early age but she's worked to keep herself together and avoid showing any signs of problems. Her conditioning is slowly unraveling though and she knows it means her end is coming.
Max is a human cop but happens to have a natural shield that protects him from Psys intruding in to his mind. He grew up in the care of a mother that hated him and then foster care so his life hasn't been the best. Max is a good cop but he hasn't made it as far up in the ranks as he should have due to the inability of Psy to be able to read him (they like being able to spy in the human police’s minds). Regardless of him being held back, Max does a very good job and takes his job very seriously.
Sophia is a typical J-Psy in her failing conditioning. J-Psy all have issues with their conditioning because of all the emotions they encounter regularly in their job. They’re constantly monitored and reconditioned but that only lasts so long. After a number of years, all J-Psy are completely reconditioned which wipes everything of them so they're no longer who they were which is basically the same as death. Sophia knows that her complete reconditioning is coming as her conditioning is almost completely gone. Sophia and Max don’t know each other but are pulled together in a case. The Psy counselor Nikita Duncan (mother to Sascha Duncan from Slave to Sensation) is having issues with her closest advisers showing up dead and they’re called in to find out what is going on. Sophia and Max have a connection from the start and Sophia is curious about Max and can’t help letting out snatches of non-Psy behavior. Max is intrigued by Sophia and is attracted to her. He sees the pitfalls of getting involved with her but he can’t help but dive in when the opportunity presents itself.
Max and Sophia start working on the case and flowing the leads. They don’t have immediate luck and things are rather sketchy as they try to find clues that would lead them to the culprit. Max and Sophia dance around each other but not in a denial way, more in a cautious way. They both acknowledge the attraction and since Sophia knows she’s dead with her next conditioning, she wants to take what she can with Max before she’s gone. They start with brief touches and it evolves in to more as they continue to spend time together. They come to realize that they want more together and they discuss Sophia’s situation but since she acts as a minor anchor in the Psy web she doesn't think it’s possible to leave the web without wiping herself. There is a lot going on as the action plot heats up with danger from multiple opponents. I really liked how the Psy counsel story line is proceeding and Nikita is proving to be a lot cooler than I expected. With the way things were going on the romance side, I didn't know how Singh was going to pull out the ending but she did and did it well. With some unexpected help they're able to solve their case and figure out a way to have their HEA and I was very happy with the ending.
I really liked this story. Max and Sophia are both great characters and the storyline was interesting and engaging. It felt like there was more action/suspense in this story than some others in the series and I really got pulled in to it. The story left some good open threads of things for us to look forward to in future books. I can't wait to see how they turn out so I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
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