This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet
Released on December 3, 2013
With the promise of a darker, gritty story with an almost hopeless desperation to save her lover, I thought this story was set up to be a real page turner so I picked it up with great anticipation. And I was not disappointed. This one cruised along quickly and near the end it was a real page-turner.
This was the fifth and final book in the series. I was not aware of that when I chose the book. In fact when I first snagged it, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that it was part of a series. And so it sat as I promised myself I would get the other books and read them. Didn’t happen. So I did something supremely gutsy and decided that I’d just wade in and see what happened. So, yeah, I got lucky. I could definitely tell that I was coming in after a huge amount of history from the characters and story arc had taken place. And that things had been left in a really bad place with the last page of the previous book. But, that being said, there was enough world building and summarizing that I got up to speed and was able to enjoy the book. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this to others, but it worked for me.
The story opens with Riley Poe, human with special abilities and member of an organization that helped police supernaturals, and her partner, Noah Miles, a vampire, arriving in Stirling, Scotland by orders of their boss to take care of a rogue vampire problem. Riley wants nothing more than to stay in Edinburgh where her fiancé and soulmate, Eli Dupree, and his partner were killed. Riley is devastated and keeps her emotions locked away, but she is also convinced that Eli and Vic are not dead, but stuck in the in between. A mutual friend told her how to find them and so that is what she does. Only, Riley’s actions have far reaching consequences. She frees the two vampires, but Eli doesn’t come back the same.
Riley and Noah are kept busy and on the alert because the rogue vamps are a bigger problem than was anticipated. In fact, a strong evil force is creating them and has Riley in her sights. And Eli is sighted with her filled with bloodlust and in her thrall. Riley has gone through so much that she will do what it takes to get the old Eli back though others are worried that Eli might be too far gone and may need to be put down.
With the help of friends and new allies, Riley takes on a powerful group with their own agenda that involves Riley herself. Innocents need to be protected and Riley will be pushed to her very limits and then some for a chance to restore Eli.
Alright, this was an exciting story. It was the finale book in a series. Things are pretty desperate for the heroine. Her soulmate was thought to be dead and now he’s alive, but almost as unreachable as he was when she thought he was dead. Riley tends to go her own way and has to be reined in by her friends and partners. She cares about others, but because of her powerful gifts, tends to feel she can do it all. She was more lucky than skilled in many of the situations. Not sure I would have liked that for a whole series, but it was tolerable for the one book.
There was a bit of mystery behind the who and why of the situation in Stirling. I was a little confused, but I think it would have made more sense if I’d read the previous books especially when it came to the motivations and agenda of one of the villains.
The world building was a strong piece. I enjoyed the paranormal world the author created that had a complex vampire lore and still included other races like werewolves, witches, angels, and demons along with gifted humans.
The secondary characters surrounding Riley like Noah, Rhine and the rest were fun. I loved the scenes when they were all working together to patrol and protect. Can’t say I was impressed with the thing where almost every male other than her brother was in love or crushing on Riley. Just a bit much. She doesn’t waver from her own deep love for Eli and even though they are separated and even enemies to a certain extent, it is obvious through dreams, flashbacks, and tantalizing encounters that they have chemistry.
So in conclusion, I was definitely into the story and found it was a solid and exciting last book. Definitely would have been better in order, but I still had a good time reading it. I would recommend it to Urban Fantasy fans who enjoy tough and gifted heroines and a strong cast of diverse characters and missions.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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