Let me say first off that I had a hard time deciding on a final rating number for this one. I really struggled with it for a variety ofI give it a 3.5
Let me say first off that I had a hard time deciding on a final rating number for this one. I really struggled with it for a variety of reasons. It's not that it doesn't fit well within the Alpha Pack story line or that Kalen's personality or sorcerer/necromancer's power has suddenly changed. I think it's because the story's so short...it's definitely not novella length at just 50 written pages. There just isn't time to fully develop what's going on with either him, Mackenzie or their relationship. There's no denying that they have a strong physical attraction and the sex is steamy. The author did a nice job getting them together here. Their being a couple has the potential to grow into what they both want and need, but Kalen walked out. There's no HEA or even a HFN. The two of them is just one of the threads left dangling at the end.
There really is a lot going on in this short space, including a fight in a bar and a well done, action packed scene where Kalen and Mackenzie are attacked by a creature. This is where the story really gets interesting and it left me with all kinds of questions that I'm just dying to have answered. Ms. Tyler also has several of the pack members make brief appearances which I also enjoyed.
Dont' get me wrong. The author has used this short effectively to pull the readers back into the series. It's a good hook for the new release, Savage Awakening and book three, Black Moon coming in Dec 2012, which will feature Kalen. I can't wait to see what happens with them in a full length story. I mean how can you not like Kalen. He had a terrible upbringing and he's got the whole bad-boy thing going for him but he also has the potential to spiral into true soul blackness.
Lastly, I hate to say it but price versus length does matter to the consumer. After paying my download fee, I was very surprised at the length for what I'd paid for it. My rating isn't affected by this issue by other readers thinking of buying the ebook only release should be aware of this before purchasing....more
How can you not like a quirky book where the main characters are a PI who deals in paranormal crimes, his ghost boyfriend and their zombie bulldog. ItHow can you not like a quirky book where the main characters are a PI who deals in paranormal crimes, his ghost boyfriend and their zombie bulldog. It has so many things to keep your attention, beginning with the fast pace and Duncan's snappy one-liners. Those had me chuckling...the author has a humorous way of writing that really moves the plot along and makes the book fun and entertaining.
Duncan is dealing with a couple of problems in this book. The first is the mystery--the case he's trying to solve. This brings Detective Carson back in from time to time and gets Gina involved at the beginning. It's here Mr. Osborne weaves in all kinds of interesting information, not only about the stolen skull, but about Gina's personal history. Unfortunately she ends up in a coma, which is a big twist. It leaves Duncan to deal with the paranormal problems alone. Not good. Then there's the issue with Robbie thinking he's holding Duncan back from having a relationship--with a 'real' man--namely Nick. It's during these moments that Mr. Osborne expresses the pain, fear, frustration and uncertainty both Duncan and Robbie are feeling. And who wouldn't be frustrated. They haven't had sex in a decade. Good job Mr. Osborne.
So, if you didn't get it before, let me be clear. I enjoyed this sequel, maybe even more than the original--Pale as a Ghost. The writing is tighter, the characters more deeply developed, the pacing smooth and the suspense with the young villain nicely integrated into the plot. The unrequited sexual tension of these two lovers is handled well and in the end you're going to get a big surprise courtesy of a powerful ghost. Watch for it....more
Please pardon me while I gush. Others may feel differently but let me say upfront that World of the Lupi is one of my favorite series. I look forwardPlease pardon me while I gush. Others may feel differently but let me say upfront that World of the Lupi is one of my favorite series. I look forward to each new release and I couldn't put Mortal Ties down until I'd read every single word. Ms. Wilks has a phenomenal flair for inventive world-building and with each book the Lupi world becomes richer. She's also created some great characters to inhabit it, and with each release I either learn something new about a returning personality or she introduces an interesting new individual that plays an important role in the current plot. I appreciate that she constantly surprises me with her plot twists and turns.
Mortal Ties is a great addition to the series and takes up shortly after the last book left off. As you can guess, these books are all part of an ongoing story arc and are meant to be read in order or you'll be totally lost. If you've never read any of these well written and plotted books before don't worry, you have plenty of time to catch up before Ritual Magic is released next August. From reading the excerpt at the back of this book I'm expecting it to be another good one.
As with the other books in the series, there's a lot going on and this time Lily and Rule don't get to spend as much time together as I'd have liked. That doesn't mean they don't love each other and while some have complained about their 'lack of passion', you much remember that this isn't a romance. It's a complicated urban fantasy with a romance component between two strong-willed individuals. Ms. Wilks does a good job with Rule and Lily, and balancing all the components of their relationship, Lily's FBI job, their mate bond and Rule's pack life with multiple pack members and friends. And you can't forget Lily's family either--this book has her sister Beth. Then Ms. Wilks adds in all the other problems Lily and Rule have to deal with--danger, action, betrayal, near death experiences and other races that want to hurt them. It's a well thought out juggling act that introduces conflicts, warring racial factions and in Mortal Ties even a ghost.
So as you can see there's a little bit of everything going on and Ms. Wilks handles it all well. If you're a fan of shapeshifter books--werewolves in particular or urban fantasy's then I recommend that you give this action packed series a try. I love it and will be sad when it eventually comes to an end....more
After lots of thought I've adjusted my rating on this last book in the series and it makes me sad. Why you may ask? Because I loved the series and eveAfter lots of thought I've adjusted my rating on this last book in the series and it makes me sad. Why you may ask? Because I loved the series and even the plot and writing in this last release is well done but I hated the ending. It didn't wrap up the story line and I felt it left more than a few question dangling in the wind. A cliffhanger at the end of a series is not the way things should end. It left me feeling cranky, unsettled and more than a little unhappy. I can't in good conscious recommend this urban fantasy series, despite it's well constructed plot line and interesting characters, when the author gave apparently little regard to how the strange ending would be taken by the readers who had followed the series from the beginning. Truthfully, I will probably not read anything by this author again in the future. It's a trust issue. ...more