This series has not quite found its legs yet. At least, not for me. There are definitely some good things going on, but this book feels disjointed, not only in relation to Tempting Danger, but within itself. The first half and the second half feel almost like two separate stories. And there is no trace of the police procedural feel from book 1.
We start the story with Lily’s sister’s wedding. I was excited about that, because I am interested in her family dynamic and where Rule will fit in. But it was really just a prop to kick off the next storyline. Harlowe, our surviving bad guy from the last book is conspiring with an agent of hell to have Lily possessed. A demon snatches her at the wedding and steals a taste of her blood. We follow Lily and her people as they try to figure out who attacked her and why, while we get cutaways of Harlowe and his new demon sidekick, Gan.
It seems like the book is going to be all about Lily hunting down Harlowe and foiling the possession plan, but that is only the first half. The second half sends Lily and the gang into a side-trip to the Hell dimension, which felt totally out of left field. And it was confusing to boot.
The best parts of the book for me centered on Lily and Rule, how they are working to make their relationship work, and what Lily is learning about being a member of the pack. I am intrigued by the new character, Cynna, who appears to be a future HEA for Cullen. I like Cullen, too, and Benedict. But the demon stuff? It just felt like a tangent. Gan irritated me. And the way Lily ended up after what happens in hell… just did nothing for me.
This book felt aimless. Maybe it’s a bridge, though that is hard for me to say, because I have no idea where the author is going next. I’m going to give book three a try, but I am kind of nervous about where things are going. Specifically, I have no idea where things are going. I don’t want stories to be predictable, but I’m not even sure what the tone is anymore. And just like last time, much of the climax happened off page, leaving the Harlowe resolution much to be desired.
I want more of the pack. I want more Grandmother. I want Lily and Rule to get somewhere. And I’d like to get back to solving some cases.
I’ll let you know how that works out.
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by Eileen Wilks
Release Date: November 1, 2005