With Halfer still out for revenge and a massive werewolf gathering coming up that Zoey and crew will be attending, Zoey decides to pull a heist to get the Strong Arm of Remus, a magical artifact Halfer has his sights on that is said to control werewolves. Between escaping her bodyguards/babysitters, looking for Neil, fighting off vengeful enemies, and figuring out the dynamics of her new relationship, Zoey's got a lot on her plate to deal with if she's going to defeat Halfer and keep everyone safe.
My review of Book 1 is basically a series review, so instead of repeating everything, I’m going to focus more on the things I liked about this particular book.
This used to be my least favorite in the series, but upon rereading the books a couple times, I cannot fathom why. I think it was because of all the wolf shifters, but I might actually be a shifter fan if they were all as lovable as these. I feel like I appreciate the later books in the series more and more every time I read them. The development of the characters, the progression of the relationships between them, the intricacy of the overarching plot, the ever-changing emotions…
The other books may have had more heart-wrenching relationship struggles and laugh-out-loud humor, but this one had more intense moments, scenes when there was so much going on and so many things that could go wrong and so much at risk, like during the heist and during that whole big climax at the end.
Then there were the characters themselves (always the best part). Neil really wormed his way into my heart in this one (with all my rereads, I’ve realized he was actually super great and sweet even in the first two books, and I don’t know why I didn’t love him more before), and I felt for him and how lost he was. There are also a lot of new characters introduced in this one, most notably, Zack, Lee, and Declan. But they all have just as much depth and personality as the others and are their own unique people. Zoey did frustrate me at times, like with how she didn’t listen to what anyone told her about the important ceremony, but Daniel and Dev continued to grow.
Not only that, the way all the characters—Zoey, Daniel, Dev, Zack, Niel, Sarah, even Felix—worked together at the end, helping each other and protecting each other, was just beautiful. And ok, Zoey may have frustrated me at times, but that scene near the end when she was marching forward with her gun—could she get any more badass than she was in that moment?! I loved it.
I will say though that this book had A LOT of sex, seemingly more than in the others, or at least that’s how it seemed the first time I read it. Maybe I’ve just become accustomed to all the sex, or maybe it’s that I know the characters better, but I wasn’t as bothered by it and noticed a lot more depth the second and third times around. I was also thrown off by the ending of Book 2 since it didn’t seem like something Daniel would agree to, but, believable or not, I came to love it. And damn it if *SPOILER* the relationship between Daniel and Dev isn’t pretty much the greatest ever. I mean, I ADORE the love between Daniel and Zoey, but I like this in a different way. And this is the book when it starts hinting at more and becoming deliciously tension-filled. And I can’t believe I missed Bris’s almost slip-up in the bathtub the first time! *END SPOILER*
So if you can roll with the twists and the romance-y stuff, this book is another fantastic one in the series. There’s lots of wolf shifters, Daniel letting his vampire freak flag fly, Dev’s ass of a brother whom you won’t be able to help but feel for, fighting off animated corpses, Marcus’s persuasion powers, and epic battles to look forward to!
*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 3rd read.*
3.5 Stars (1st Read – 2015)
4 Stars (2nd Read – 2016)
4.5 Stars (3rd Read – 2017)
4.5 Stars (4th Read – 2018)
4.5 Stars (5th Read – 2019)
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Lexi Blake's Thieves Series. Anyone who likes laugh-out-loud hilarity, heart-wrenching emotion, complex and flawed but still lovable characters, action, heists, sex, supernatural creatures (especially vampires), and lots of adorable relationships of all kinds.
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When an ancient artifact enslaves every werewolf on earth, humanity’s only hope is a thief…
Zoey Donovan should be happy. Her love life couldn’t be better, her demonic nemesis is on the run, business is booming, and no one has tried to kill her in seven whole months. But without her best friend to share it with, it all seems a little hollow. Neil, her fabulous furry wingman, is missing and two grumpy werewolf bodyguards have taken his place.
Undaunted by her humorless babysitters, she intends to track Neil down even if it means risking her newfound romantic bliss. But someone else has plans for Zoey, and they don’t intend to play nice. Lucas Halfer is desperate for revenge, and he knows just how to get it.
An ancient Roman legend tells of an artifact that will grant its possessor the power to control all wolves. No one, including Daniel and Dev, believes the Strong Arm of Remus is real but Zoey thinks Halfer might have already located it. With every werewolf pack in North America gathering in Colorado, the demon could enslave an unstoppable army.
To save the day, and possibly the world, Zoey will have to find a way to steal the Strong Arm of Remus from one of the most powerful demons in existence. Then again, impossible is kind of her specialty.
Book Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment LLC, Self Published
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series