Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
OK, I always know that’s a possibility when reading a series, but really??? Ms. Brown, did you really hold out on the bad guy reveal at THE VERY LAST MOMENT???
OK, rant over! It has been 6 months since I read book one, Morning My Angel, and since I was so careful in my review of that book not to give any spoilers, I had to go back and reread it instead of just reading the blurb or my review. Why? Because this book jumped right into the problems between Josh Cooper – now working for the Agency instead of CDR – and Callum Ross – now working for CDR instead of the Agency. Eh, all these spooks and their bosses were running together in my mind anyway, so I just let that one go. In this series, it really seems to be a very incestuous group. I thought at the end of book one that Josh and Callum were together, but apparently I was a bit premature – they kept their relationship mainly in the cyber arena for 6 months between books one and two, and in this one they are almost starting over.
OK, so I really didn’t get the purpose of that, but maybe I’ll figure out why that was important in the next book. Really, the entire first chapter was a bit of a question mark for me, I am still not sure how it related to the overall plot, but I have a feeling the relevance of that bit of story will become clear in the next book.
Anyway, this time Callum has decided that he is absolutely going to be with Josh, one way or another, so he leaves Seattle to move to London, where Josh is currently working a variety of cases for the Agency, and as usual, loving his work. Moving their relationship into the day to day world isn’t easy for these two alpha males who live for the job, and a lot of the tension comes from the two of them learning how to prioritize differently now that they are a couple, and learning to be more open and honest with each other. When your career is keeping secrets as an undercover operative, it’s hard to change. Making it harder is the fact that employees of the Agency, and their family members, are being murdered left and right, seemingly at random, so Josh and Callum once again team up to discover who the bad guy is and stop him. All of the characters from book one are back, as well as the enigmatic “She” who runs the Agency. Secrets continue to abound, and like their previous case, no one is willing to show all their cards, even to the investigators. (I figured out who the bad guy was before Josh and Callum did, but the secret identity was NOT revealed, and I’m not sure about that yet, though I have my theories).
The action wasn’t as fast paced as it was in book one, because there was as much focus on the relationship between Josh and Callum as there was on the case, and those portions of the book were slower. The focus also shifted from Josh to Callum as the main protagonist. Callum may be more complicated, but I personally found Josh more interesting (and certainly more fun). Josh’ personality was a little different in this book – maybe because it’s a different point of view, maybe because he is finally maturing – and I missed the old Josh.
I will definitely read the next in the series, despite the cliffhanger ending. I still want to unravel all the threads that are connecting these two outfits, and I want to see Josh and Callum grow as a couple now that they’ve committed. I will just have to have faith that all of the loose ends will be connected, and all of the mysteries revealed, and that all the secondary characters I’ve come to like will still be alive.
The cover art by Meredith Russell is similar to that of book one, but the model is much closer to how I imagined Callum. Still not a cover that grips me though.
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