By: G.K. Lund
The Blurb: An unseen community, troublesome abilities, unforeseen captivation…
Detective Nate Hansen thought he knew the shady side of the nice and touristy town of Ashport. But when a woman is kidnapped in broad daylight, he’s faced with a hidden community he knows nothing about.
The only connection to the crime is the sometimes consultant for the police, Maggie Evans, who’s also a suspected criminal in Nate’s eyes.
Ordered to work with the elusive Maggie to find the kidnapped woman, Nate begrudgingly does so. But Maggie doesn’t want help, nor to be arrested. And she clearly has something to hide. Something that will change everything for Nate, in more than one way…
Faced with kidnappers, an irregular FBI agent, things that shouldn’t be possible, and unexpected temptation… will they be able to trust each other long enough to solve the crime?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
The funny thing about this book is that there is so much going on...crime, mystery, passion, magic and secrets. Yet, I had a hard time staying interested and had to force myself to get through it. The story itself is interesting but the execution wasn't one that had me instantly attached.
The story is segmented into 3 sections: the first is from the hero's point of view, the second is from Maggie's and the third is a combo of both. I can see what the author was going for...trying to develop the characters fully. Unfortunately, he started with Nate who really rubbed me the wrong way.
Our hero is clueless about what Maggie is and is constantly jumping to conclusions about her. He's a stick in the mud and kind of a jerk. How they end up in bed when he treats her like crap is beyond me.
The book was saved in a way when we finally get to the second section where we have Maggie's point of view. We're given a clearer picture of who Maggie is and the unique "gifted" community she is a part of. She's admirable, selfless, and a bad-ass.
By the third section, we're deep in the plot and enemies are coming out of the woodwork. There's a lot of action and suspense and I'd like to say that the story ended with a bang, but to me, it fell short. It was sad, a little confusing and not exactly heart-melting.
Overall, I thought the plot was intriguing and the writing was good. But, I think less is more and the story could have been "put" together in a more efficient way.
Book 2, Persistence (The Ashport Mender Series Book 2) was just released and Maggie and Nate's story continues. I might take a look. I just hope Nate turns into the man I think Maggie deserves.
What did you think?