Reread review 7/28/19:
Dropping the half-star and making this a solid 4 stars. Still a lot of fun to read, but even though I couldn't remember the general plot or what really happened, I once again immediately pegged who was behind everything and the guys took way too long to put the pieces together.
Maybe if Bradley had been more prominent in the previous books, it wouldn't have stood out so much when he started taking up so much page time. Not to mention his animosity level jumped up by at least 5 points to where it was before. And they still thought those were mice in the walls immediately after seeing that freaky rat/human monstrosity. Really, guys?!!
That aside, this was still an enjoyable read and the climatic ending was still a rush to read. I actually even felt sorry for Niles when
Whyborne accused him being part of Stanley's and Bradley's schemes. This reread finally made me #Team Niles - with limits, of course. LOL.
I also didn't realize that
Persephone and Miss Parkhurst
met this early.
This series just gets stronger and stronger. This latest installment had all the thrills and intrigue one could hope for, a wedding, waffles, awkward family dinners and hot sex. What more could you possibly ask for? It's nearly perfect and I enjoyed every second of it. I did feel the bad guys were too obvious and that it took the gang a little too long to figure it out, but that's really my only complaint. The plot is mainly self-contained here, but does set up plots for future books.
I expressed concern in my review for the last book the impacts of Whyborne's background and the change done to Griffin, so I was pleased that Griffin's still Griffin,
though with the ability to see magic now
- and quite a useful ability it is. Whyborne's struggles to understand and accept his true nature tug at my heart, and his familial troubles take a turn here as well - one for the worse, the other for the better (hopefully). I'm interested to see where things go with Niles in the future, as I was just as suspicious of him as Whyborne was.