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This is a really great start to, I hope, a series. Be forewarned that the ending, while a HEA, doesn't wrap up all issues. I really enjoyed this book overall, although there are some glaring world building holes. In a nutshell, NYC has experienced a catastrophe and becomes this lawless din of sin and crime. The problem is, apparently the rest of the U.S. is intact but turns a blind eye to NY and let's this happen. Maybe this is explained away in future books. But if you can ignore that, the romance and underlying mystery are quite good. This is an enemies to lovers romance between Cade and Nox. Nox is a vigilante trying to fly below the radar for the sake of his son, Sam. Cade is a high priced prostitute who mistakenly falls into a bigger mystery that changes his life and brings Nox into his life. It is very well written and I look forward to the next installment. The narrator does a great job of bringing these characters to life. Worth a credit.
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Nox is a vigilante in dystopian New York after a massive flood has left the big Apple in ruins. He has a “son” that he cares about above all else and a desire for justice.Cade is a “model”/rent boy who ends up bringing a letter to Nox’s son, Sam, and getting involved with Sam and Nox in a dangerous game where things aren’t as they seem.The end is sort of a cliff hanger – so be warned – that hopefully leads us to the next book.**It took me forever to get through this book because I love Tere Michaels but I’m just not a big fan of the dystopian future storyline.
So take this review with a grain of salt and here are my impressions:
1) Tere Michaels is a great writer who writes fantastic, gritty, sensual characters with a lot of depth
2) Even her secondary characters are fully developed and engaging
3) The smexy times in this story are hot – another of Michael’s skills
4) This is a little different than the previous books I’ve read by her in that it is more dark and lies more heavily on the non-romance/thriller portion of the story
5) Sometimes the story was twisty, turny and confusing to me, but it leaves a lot of potential for future segments in the series
So – I give this 4 of 5 stars for writing, characterization and creativity but 2.5 of 5 stars for overall romance and lack of good “feels”, averaged to 3.25 stars.
Jonathan Young is a new narrator for me, but he has won me over! I really, really enjoyed his narration here. He does a sweetly southern accent for Cade and a nice dark growl for Nox. He differentiates nicely the other voices as well and did a truly amazing job with the smexy scenes. Even though the story is still very dark and not exactly my cup of tea, I really enjoyed the passion in the narration and enjoyed listening to the story despite the darkness. This absolutely added to my enjoyment of this story and bumps my rating up to a 4.5 of 5 stars.
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