Okay so to be fair I would give this book 3,5 star simply because I knew from the start who the killer was but other the that everything was good. The plot was full of action and I really liked it but sometimes I just couldn't keep up with the changes, I mean fro one crises to another but I think that is how it was supposed to be, Amber didn't have a time to take a breath why should we :)
Wild Card by Karina Halle is a fantastic western romance. Ms. Halle has delivered a well-written book. The characters are fantastic and lovable. Shane pretty much drove Rachel out of town when he broke up with her. Rachel stayed away until she was called home because her mother is sick. Their story is loaded with drama, humor, secrets and sizzle. I enjoyed reading Wild Card and look forward to reading more from Karina Halle in the future. Wild Card is book 1 in the North Ridge Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
[I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.]
I put up reading that one, thinking it’d spoil me too much about some of the Dreaden Files books I haven’t read yet, but, uhm, turned out it didn’t. Or maybe I’ve ‘forgotten’ just enough details from the books that whatever may have been a spoiler, I just didn’t realise it? Oh well. Good thing in any case.
Globally an entertaining story, with high stakes of the kind you’d find in one of the novels, and a plan coming from a devious enemy who’s clearly understood how to pit people against each other. Because, as silly as it may sound, sometimes the people in charge do act in what appears to be the non-smart way just not to lose face—as much as I find it non-rational, previous plots in the Dresden Files have seen the tension mount enough for this to be believable. This was helped by pretty dynamic fight/action scenes. Also, bonus point for little Karrin and her dad.
On the downside:
- As usual with a lot of comics, I could do without the sexualised-woman-poses, many of which looked definitely weird (you know, those ‘let’s strike a sexy pose while wielding heavy weapons, it’s not as if I need my balance for that’ poses). Just like that scene in the hospital, where a character’s wounds are listed, but when you see said character in bed, well… That didn’t look like such a beaten up and bruised body to me.
- That ending. WTF? In a way, it made sense, but it was so totally anti-climatic that I kept looking to see if I hadn’t missed a few more pages in the book.
So, yes… Something like 2.5 stars, because mostly it kept me entertained, right until that odd ending?
This was the story I never knew I wanted, but I'm so glad to have! I love the Shifters series and this spin-off series has been a dream come true! The universe the author created is incredible and complex. I want to get to know the intricacies of it all. The characters are also so fun to get to know.
I didn't remember Kaci from the Shifters series because of how much time has passed since I read those books. Though I am very impressed with how she turned out and how overprotective Marc is over her. Her reality was somewhat sad and dull. It was clear no toms wanted her. She took the first opportunity she had to do something drastic and I love her for it.
I mentioned in my review of the second book in this series that I wanted a happy ending for Justus and I got it! I was so excited when I realized this was also his story! I like how he was patient, caring and adventurous. He would do any and everything in his power to help Kaci and he's proved it a time or two already.
For the next few books in this series, I'd like to see more of Titus's pack (Mississippi Valley Pack). I'd love it if a few of his enforcers/people could fall in love with a tabby or human. I love the world this author created and I want to continue reading more about it!
My Favorite Quotes:
"Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes home isn't where you always thought it would be."
"Having something and losing it is worse than never having it in the first place."
"She's not traumatized. She's...scarred. Healed. She's strong, and she's smart."