Dannika Dark returns to the blog today with the second in her Crossbreed Urban Fantasy series. Again narration is provided by Nicole Poole, please read on for my review of
I did enjoy Keystone (book one) as my introduction to Dark’s writing: and the combination of story, world-building and characters was wonderful and had me excited for the next. But I never expected to have this sort of reaction to this book. Ravenheart packed everything into this story: twists, emotion, suspense and even questions (even as I had spotted the ‘bad guy’ early on). It is the journey to get there that makes this one so special – just when you think you know where you are heading ….BANG ….you are off in another direction or to deal with yet another dust-up with Raven and Christian, although these are less fiery than they were. When you add in Gen and Nico, and get some backstory and some residual inklings of past issues and histories, the early quiet moments are quickly forgotten.
See Raven is still trying to feel like a part of something – from her early childhood losses she’s always had a sense of not quite fitting in. And we see her start to establish herself and find her footing as a member of Keystone, and the downtime is allowing her to bond and develop a partnership with Christian, far more than their earlier rush to solve a case time did. But, she’s been compelled to forget their kiss – her choice, and there is still a sense of the attraction between them: that they both are denying and ignoring now. With a string of murders to solve, the culprit is an unexpected one for the members of Keystone – even as all the clues pointed in their direction. Did that lessen my enjoyment? Not one bit. This allowed the characters to grow and share their stories, and we get to know them both a bit better – through the good and bad – bringing us to yet another set of questions answered and not.
Narration is provided by Nicole Poole again – and she has these characters well in hand. With the softer and occasionally tentative presentation of Raven, when she’s feeling out of her comfort zone Poole manages to add in that sense. As with Christian and his all-alpha all the time, she does allow him to have softer moments as he gently coaxes Raven along to sharing and finding the right path for her. With secondary characters all clearly presented and distinct, and a clear sense that she is asking you to enjoy the story as much as she does, you can’t help but listen.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Author: Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #2
Also in this series: Keystone, Deathtrap, Gaslight
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 14 June 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 40 minutes
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“WE ALL HAVE SECRETS, RAVEN. DARK ONES. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.”
Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn’t a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone’s next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one.
Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?
Time is running out in this pulse-pounding tale of dark secrets, murder, and forbidden desires.
See the Crossbreed series on Goodreads
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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