Wow. THAT is how you leave readers wanting more. Jenn Bennett really amps things up in this third installment of her Arcadia Bell series. The story starts in the middle of the action and it feels like poor Cady can’t so much as take a breath –even up until the last page. It is just one thing after another, keeping me on the edge of my seat, only to blow me away in the final few pages.
Of course, things have been hectic awhile for Cady. But her problems get kicked up another notch when a new drug hits the street, driving up the power of earthbound demons exponentially. Users are victimizing the community, and Cady, herself, is targeted by some of the troublemakers. Bad things happen to Kar Yee, making the stakes personal. Ambrose Dare is trying to force her aid with his blackmail. It’s not the merriest of Christmases. But that’s only the beginning.
Something is wonky with Cady’s moon powers… not that they were ever normal… but we’re talking really weird. The side effects make her question whether using them is wise. But even that doesn’t hold a candle to the emotional turmoil brought on by the visiting Giovanni women. That’s right, Jupe’s family on his mother’s side is in town, bringing Cady’s insecurities in full force. It feels like every minute, she’s fighting: fighting her nature, fighting her enemies, fighting her self-doubt. And she is battered non-stop.
This book kicked butt. It was exhilarating and exhausting. Jenn Bennett makes it so easy to empathize with Cady; to understand why she follows her course. I hurt when she hurt. I was afraid when she was afraid. I wanted to stomp her enemies and fix her hurts. Meanwhile, I am falling harder and harder for Lon Butler. He is practically perfect. Every time it seems like these two are going to step into a cliché pitfall, they just don’t. I’ve become to accustomed to dysfunctional relationships in romance, I almost don’t know what to do with their honesty and maturity. And they still manage turn up the heat in the bedroom.
Then there is the ending. It’s not exactly a cliffhanger, but it’s BIG. Bennett has taken this series and these characters into a direction I never expected… and I am as hungry as ever to find out what happens next. Bring on book 4.
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Binding the Shadows
by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books