Though the details are a bit fuzzy for me, I do remember Rafe (Xander Raphael Malebranche) being tricked by one of Opus Nostrum's agents in the previous installment. He more than felt bad for what he conceived to be a HUGE f*kup on his part. He put A LOT of people in danger including his own parents - Dante and Tess. It's not something he can easily put aside which is why he gladly agreed to become undercover to find more information about Opus Nostrum after being "kicked" from The Order for his actions. Barely no one knows about his undercover work which makes it hard on him, seeing his friends pulling away from him. Yeah he was helping that happen on his end, yet it still hurts. His first group to be embedded in is Cruz's - exactly where he finds "Bricks". She isn't really part of the gang, but she works for Cruz and she is VERY reluctant to accept a Breed as an accomplice. It doesn't take him long to realize why THAT is.. She is actually Breed as well - a daywalker and she has her own reasons for playing human in Cruz's gang.
Devony Winters ("Bricks"), like Rafe, has her own reasons for wanting to take revenge on Opus Nostrum, but unlike Rafe she doesn't have the Order behind her, but she has something ever better - her father's work. Both her parents - Ronald and Camilla, as well as her older brother Harrison have worked for JUSTIS for years before Opus Nostrum's attack in London which cost all of their lives. She is now determined to use her father's data to uncover Opus Nostrum for herself. It won't be easy, but she is now alone in the world and so there is nothing more for her. She always wanted to be a part of JUSTIS but her parents were adamant about her staying in Boston studying music. Seeing her father's work she realizes he might have had different reasons than she assumed considering all the information he left for her to find...
Finding Rafe makes Devony realize just how much she doesn't want to be alone. Not in this and not in life and so she clings to a partnership with him though he seems a bit reluctant at first. What they do agree on is guarding each other's back and she does exactly that when she is excluded from a mission and she realizes something is amiss. In that instance Devony more than just rescues Rafe she forms a connection neither of them can break from. But though Rafe also wants - wishes - for more from Devony he knows once Devony realizes he has been lying to her all this time, taking the data her father collected to The Order, things would forever change.. But he can't stay away from her now. Especially when she is in REAL danger and her realizes taking her to The Order is his only option.
Things get out of hand there when Devony learns the whole truth.. But there is more truth to be found once she takes action herself. She might have been rough and harsh with Rafe but I don't think any other action from her would have felt realistic, she might know he loves her, she might love him as well, but anyone would need time to at least digest everything.
I liked Devony from the start. She is a bad-a$$ for sure and she has the coolest power of siphoning someone else's ability. She took down two MAJOR powerful characters - I was impressed! I think her need for someone else in the world might have brought her too close too fast to Rafe but lucky for her (AND Rafe) it was the right decision in the end. I was a bit annoyed with Rafe at the beginning, he was quite high-handed with her. Always considering bringing her to The Order for protection - taking her out of the game (for her own safety) and while it could be seen as noble, it was also arrogant of him. She is a capable woman, she is strong and smart and though she doesn't have warrior skills she can still take care of herself. Removing her from the mission, especially while taking HER information was more than a betrayal of trust in my eyes. I was seething with anger whenever he thought of doing just that. Lucky for Rafe though he didn't do the right thing by omitting his association to The Order, in the end he realizes how crucial Devony is to the mission, but mostly to him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I just finished reading Lara's early work (as Tina St. John) and though I had my issues with her last PNR series (written 20 years ago!) I realize now how much she changes and how much I appreciate her writing. This book was action packed and intriguing right from the start and yet every step of the way our couple was getting closer and closer together finding it impossible to keep their distance especially when they should. Yeah, there's a bit of "insta-love" considering the Vampire element and how these Breed members find their HEA, but considering their current situation, what they went through in life, I could see them becoming a couple just on the basis of that. I couldn't have asked for more, but if I can, I'll ask for the next installment to come sooner rather than later! (I hope it's going to be of Micah - Tegan and Elise's son! I feel like we got our hint on that) and I'm not forgetting the Hunter Legacy series has a new book to be published soon (which was already postponed twice). In two words - Can't Wait!
30-31 Oct 2019