Dannika Dark returns to the blog today with the third in her Crossbreed Urban Fantasy Romance series, a series that has become a favorite for the characters, moments and sheer fun of the story. Narrated by Nicole Poole, please read on for my review of
Dark has done it again! Keystone has a new case, and it promises to be one of the most twisted and strange yet, and the gang is ready to go. A child has been ripped from the womb and is for sale on the black market – and it is up to them to discover the who and what, and find the child. SO much tension here: Raven and Christian’s chemistry is sparking throughout, Shepard often seems like he’s struggling with something from his past, and there is a stranger that keeps reappearing around Raven, but she never seems to deal with questions about who he is and why he’s there. Oh the questions are endless, and the answers come in tiny reveals, as we are allowed inside the investigations, get more of Raven’s POV and far less from Christian, and hearts break for Shepard as his backstory and the case seem to intersect in so many ways.
From a slower start to the wild twists and a few moments of “oh finally” for Christian and Raven, the story is engaging and engrossing. These are character and case driven stories that work to build the romantic and friendship/teammate connections as they proceed from one case to the next. Oh there is some delicious tension between Raven and Christian – they are well-suited but neither (to their credit) is willing to put themselves or their relationship before the case, and the trust in teammates and the support that is shown allows readers and listeners to see this group in action, and want to be a part of it. With a character that is removing his presence from memories, a chance for Shepard to ‘make things right’ (read avenge) his losses of the past, and some questionable reveals that seemingly only lead to more questions and issues, this story puts the series firmly in my favorites, leaving me with some answers, more questions and desperate to get more. More stories, cases, reveals and answers.
Nicole Poole has narrated this series from the start, and she presents the characters with flair: giving everyone their own voice, speech patterns, emotions (or lack of) and personalities. Each moment arrives with the sense that she, as the presenter, is as excited for the story and reveals as the listener should be – and that nuance that is indefinable but very present keeps you in the story and ready for the next. A series that you’ll want to start from the beginning, grab it and give it a listen. You’ve got time before Gaslight (book 4) comes out!
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Author: Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #3
Also in this series: Keystone, Ravenheart, Gaslight
Genre: Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 5 September, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 37 minutes
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The explosive third installment in the Crossbreed Series by USA Today Bestselling author Dannika Dark.
For Raven Black, hunting criminals is second nature. So is denial. It’s not easy moving forward with one foot stuck in the past. But a new case offers her a much-needed distraction when Keystone accepts their toughest assignment yet—to track down an elusive criminal who’s selling children on the black market.
Their investigation leads them deep into the underbelly of the Breed world, a place both treacherous and enticing. With no room for mistakes, Raven makes a tough decision to lock the door to her past before it interferes with her job. The only trouble? Christian holds the key.
The stakes are high, and a shocking twist turns everything on its head. Will they catch this criminal before more lives are lost? Find out in the latest edge-of-your-seat installment of the Crossbreed series.
“YOU MIGHT BE DONE WITH THE PAST, BUT THE PAST ISN’T DONE WITH YOU.”
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A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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