Review: Bone Driven by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Jen

One day I will learn how to savor a good book like a fine glass of wine. One day, but not today.

I inhaled this book with the fervor of one finding oxygen on a dying planet. It took me a few chapters to remember everything that was going on, but once I got my bearings, it was all systems go. And it was over far too quickly.

As the story begins, the clock is ticking on Luce’s days with the police force. At the end of the last book, she was forced into an agreement to go work for the demon task force of the National Security Branch of the FBI. She is a woman of her word, but it’s breaking her heart to walk away from her partner and the life she’s worked so hard to build. Before she turns in her badge, though, she’s got one more assignment–and it’s a tough one– a string of deadly arsons with no apparent common thread. She must work to figure out what’s behind them, all while juggling her sick father, her complicated relationship with her coterie, and her feelings for Cole. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the looming threat of an attack by her sisters War and Famine.

The mystery is good and the big picture stuff is interesting, but it’s the dynamic between Luce and her coterie that makes this book so fabulous. I barely know where to begin. The thing with Mitchell, where he needs her to keep him in check. The easy, gentle friendship with Thom.  Maggie–who is now sharing a body with Portia. And of course, Cole. Wow, this slow burn romance has me so wrapped around its finger. There is such a deep connection between Luce and Cole, but they’re both fighting it so hard. And the way she denies herself to give him his freedom gives me all the feels. He sees it; he knows it… and I’m telling you… one day it will be what makes him fall at her feet.

Luce’s new partner, Wu, fascinates me. He’s a man of so many secrets. And though Cole is and always will be the main man of the series, Wu has something undeniably charismatic going on. If the Epilogue is any indication, his backstory is going to be a game-changer.

I didn’t see any of the surprises coming, which was awesome, because I was never bored, even for one second. This is what urban fantasy should be: fresh, engaging, heart-pounding, and with just enough romance and longing to keep me up, thinking about it days later. It was every bit as good as I hoped it would be, and I am already desperate to read what happens next.

(P.S. This is not a standalone. Be sure to read Bayou Born first!)

Rating: A

*ARC provided by publisher

Click to purchase: Amazon

Bone Driven
by Hailey Edwards
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Publisher: Piatkus

Comments

  1. I skipped the review just to say that I loved the first book of the series but had no idea when number 2 was coming out. I’m so happy!! Thanks for the heads up

  2. Hailey Edwards says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed book two! I’ve loved writing this series, and your review made my release day. 😀

  3. This series interests me so I’ll get to it someday. I really like the cover on this one too. Anne – Books of My Heart

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