“The series is growing on me with each installment and now I can't stop reading them despite the occasional annoying element and the fact that Cynthia Holloway's narration is not the best.
The developments in Ethan and Merit's relationship are what makes this a worthwhile read. Yes, Ethan is an arrogant jerk but I can't help loving him anyway and it seems neither can Merit. Neill obviously invests a great deal of effort into building the tension between these two characters and to a large extent this is what keeps me interested. For this reason, the twists and turns in their relationship are not surprising and even endear them to me - Ethan is a commitment phobe who fears losing control of his well ordered life while Merit is wary of giving her heart only to have it trampled on - again!
The plot changes direction with new characters and a new conflict. The mystery surrounding the attempted assassination of Gabriel Keene, the leader of the shifters, has potential but the identity of the villain is somewhat obvious and his motivation doesn't make a lot of sense.
The dynamics between the vampires and shifters are very interesting and add an extra layer to the overall story arc. That said, the shifters are not portrayed in the best light. They are similar to shifters in other series with their focus on pack and family loyalty, but they are different in their history of turning tail at the first sign of trouble - this is quite cowardly and when compared to other series, such as Kate Daniels, it is disappointing.
All in all, a solid story and I am eager to continue on to the next book. ”