Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 213 Pages (Kindle)
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
At a Glance: While this one dragged a bit for me, it’s still a wild ride that kept me guessing and hoping from start to finish.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: After he’s kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he’s yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone.
Then he draws the attention of werewolves, and discovers that everything he thought he knew about Levi, the man who abandoned him, is a lie. But one lie leads to another, ending in a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything Jude loves—and that doesn’t even begin to include the challenges that Beck is facing.
Review: In this second installment of the series, Jude, Beck’s younger brother. joins Diego and Beck in their house in San Diego. Diego and Beck are both working for I.O.N., and Jude knows something about the paranormal world—enough to keep him safe, at least. Or, so Diego and Beck hope. But Jude is still suffering from a broken heart after being deserted by his high school boyfriend and true love, Levi. In an attempt to “move on,” Jude meets Stephen at a club and goes home with him, but it seems they are both trying to get over broken hearts and they decide to be friends rather than lovers.
For some reason, Jude has the feeling that Levi is near, even though he had joined the military and was deployed overseas. When Jude is pursued by werewolves, though, he swears that he recognizes one of them as Levi. It’s a mystery as to who the werewolf is because Levi is still supposedly in the service, and communicating with his parents.
In the meantime, Jude has also been hiding some things from Beck and Diego, things that he’s been hiding for a long time. When he starts to develop other abilities, he’s confused and isn’t anxious to share with his brother and his partner. Jude does not trust I.O.N., and so he’s reluctant to come clean about the werewolves or his feelings about Levi.
It turns out that there is WAY more to Jude than meets the eye. He’s got more abilities and powers than he is even remotely aware of. When he’s jolted into remembering who he is, there is a lot on the line, and he is the key to resolving many of the issues that currently plague the paranormal world.
I so enjoyed the original story that started this series waaaaaay back in the day when it was first published. I then really liked the updated and expanded second edition, which made me hopeful for the sequel. The end of that story, though, really is still just the tip of the iceberg, as evidenced by this new chapter that expands this world and leads us on new adventures. While this one was a little slow for me in some places, the last third of the story is a wild ride of roller coaster proportions. There were many, many twists and turns, and I really can’t wait to see what comes next. Hopefully, there will be a lot more in this series that will give us answers to questions from the first book and this newest episode.
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