Saturday, February 27, 2021

Who Knows the Moonlight (The Vigilante #3) by Tere Michaels

~Sigh~ FINALLY we got the 3rd installment and it was everything I wanted and hoped it would be! It was an INCREDIBLE heart stopping ride I didn't want to end. I read it literally in one sitting (finished at 5AM!) and I'm already waiting for more. More of Nox and Cade, more of Sam and Mason as well as TJ and Rachel with their own arc. 

If you haven't read the first two installments what are you doing here? unless it's to go look for the first one so you can delve into this gripping story. While I'm not usually a fan of either Dystopian or Sci-Fi novels this was simply DIVINE. When we left off in the previous installment the guys (and gals) were separated into 3 groups/couples not knowing how they'll be able to re-group and most importantly find the man behind it all. This is what this whole book is about. It starts in a high note and keeps it throughout the story. There's something going on every step of the way. I'll say it's more action than romance though our couples have quite a journey emotionally. I preferred it this way honestly. I don't think it would have been very "believable" otherwise considering what they went through (the danger, high stakes, injuries not to mentions no privacy ;)). Yet in the end all three came out tighter and more sure of what they have and what they expect their future to hold. 

Usually when I read the next installment in a series I hope the author does a great job of reminding us what went down in the previous one as I'm HORRIBLE with remembering the details. Strangely enough, I remembered A LOT  this time! Maybe because in my head I kept coming back to this book, hoping we'll get an ending. I'll say right from the get go - while there is a definite ending to the main issues the characters were dealing with this whole 3-book journey the ending promises at least one more book which is exciting! I hope it's going to be sooner rather than later ;)

Getting back to what happens in this book! Nox Boyet is the first one to meet the man behind it all being captured by him in the ending of the previous one. Cade Creel, TJ Creel and Rachel (Jenny) are besides themselves with worry of how they are getting to him considering they first have to deal with Detective Francis themselves. They have no connection with Sam, Mason and the Creel parents who are trying to stay low. Sam is already sorry for the exchange of words he had with his father so all he can hope for is seeing him again alive and well. But who can be safe and there are so many different organizations looking for all of them? Not knowing who they can trust (what's FBI Agent Alec Allard up to?)

It takes I think half of the book for a real "reunion" which also helped keeping me at the end of my seat, feeling like every step they make only makes things more complicated (and dangerous). While Nox and Rachel might be the kind of survivors who can deal with anything the others (maybe except for Mason) are your "everyday joe" - especially Cade - who never had to deal with ANYTHING like he was dealing with but he can only see one thing - Nox safe in his arms - and for his he finds the courage within himself and risk his own life again and again and again. 

I really enjoyed the progression of the couples in this one. They joke they are beyond dating but it still doesn't mean that once it's all over they can build a life together, there are things to be said and decisions to be made. I was happy with the way things concluded which is also why I can't wait to see where Tere will be taking us in the next one. They aren't running around looking for cover from the rain anymore. All of them together are a force to be reckoned now!

HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The perfect "ending" without truly being one :) 

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26 February 2021

The Vigilante is a Sci-Fi / Dystopian Romance series by Tere Michaels. While I'm definitely NOT the "end of the world" kinda gal, this series GRIPPED me in a way I can't even start to describe. I swallowed the books, not being able to stop. 

In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence--gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by "Dead Bolt," a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with "model" Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox's past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend--and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.

When Nox Boyet and Cade Creel meet for the first time their meter both shows DANGER. Nox is worried the letter Cade has brought into his hands will be the end of the secure and sheltered life he has build for Sam. Cade on the other hand might work a job that COULD be dangerous his day to day life is rather convenient. This "favor" for a client, delivering a letter, starts innocent enough until he actually visits the "District" where life is truly horrible, it has opened his eyes but also put him in a great danger from everyone especially Nox. Yet somehow they find each other working together against unknown enemies, trying to find allies in the most corrupts city of all. 

The romance in this series had a very interesting arc. I liked the way it progressed as it took them time to trust one another and see they can have something real and that's not only concerning Nox and Cade, there are two more couples struggling to find their footing - Sam and Mason as well as KJ and Rachel. 

Tere published the first two books way back in 2014! "Lucky" for me I started reading them in the middle of 2020 meaning I only had to wait about 8 month for the next installment. Considering the MAJOR cliffhanger the 2nd ended with I was besides myself not knowing if we're EVER going to get an ending to the series. The 3rd book ended in a very positive note and yet the very last chapter does offer a continuation at least with one more book. Truly CANNOT WAIT for more. 

1. Who Knows the Storm (Published 17 October 2014) ★★★★★
2. Who Knows the Dark (Published 2 October 2012) ★★★★★
3. Who Knows the Moonlight (Published 23 February 2021) ★★★★★
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