Outstanding! Now this is what I’m talking about!
I have read – or tried to, at least – another book of Clara Coulson a long while back. It was in First Person POV, which is already tough for me to like, but it touched another pet peeve of mine, right from the start: it was in Present Tense.
But enough about the past – let’s go back to this particular book.
It was magnificent! In this story, we see Stella Newport, a newbie in the Paranormal Squad, who’s ordered to work with Oswald Bolton on a series of murders that stink of paranormal interference. But the moody and closed-off Oz is not only hard to work with, he’s downright a pain in the butt. Can these two become a true team in time to stop the trail of blood and corpses?
I have to say, I was hesitant at first. I liked the concept, but that’s how I had stumbled on that other book I told you about. So I told myself to not expect much. But I was wrong! Oh so wrong! First and foremost, no present tense! And that was a bonus! Not to mention that the characters were downright addictive! I needed more of them even while I was reading!
Stella was a gift to humanity! She was witty, and kind, and capable without trying to flaunt it – in fact, she kept her real powers and skills hidden until she was forced to show her hand waaaaaay into the story already. She was this quiet force full of intellect and soft-spoken words, with a firm hand in combat and a sharp tongue subtly thrown in the mix sometimes. She was the perfect person to compliment Oz as his partner out in the field.
Speaking of Oz, he got into my Book Boyfriend List of ’17. Because I’m weird, and grumpy dudes make me hot! The guy was smart as all hell, cynical, had a permanent scowl on his sexy mug, and was being an ass to almost everyone he met and talked to. What’s not to like?! (I know, I have issues)
But he was also a broken soul who was too afraid to admit he needed someone to ignore his flaws and accept him as a friend and a partner. Someone who would be capable of staying alive because he had gone down the road of losing one partner already and couldn’t bear for someone else to die in his arms again. And that spoke volumes to me, making him even more irresistible!
The pace was deceptively slow. You follow the two Larks along, as they search for the killer, trying to stop him before he runs away or kills even more people, and you think, right by their side, how hopeless the situation is. No clues were ever where they hoped to find them. Nothing seemed to connect the murders at first. And it was frustrating. But the pace was only that way for the good guys. Because the killer was damn fast and the story takes a quick speed-dive the minute they figured it all out – from then on, the race against time was even more intense and shiver-inducing!
I loved this book, seriously! And I want to read more of Oz and Stella! There was possibly something there between them, or it could be the romantic in me – but even if there wasn’t, I don’t think I mind that much. The duo was just perfect the way they were. And while the story had its gory and scary moments, I enjoyed it all the same and couldn’t put it down!
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***