*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
If there’s any one thing I can say about this series, it’s that the books have been consistently good and enjoyable, and I can always count on them to have likeable characters, snarky humor, solid plots that flow well and have at least one or two action-filled fight scenes, easy-to-read writing, and supernatural quirkiness. So this was another fun book in the series, and it had all the same great things as the previous ones.
My issue this time though was that the relationship problems felt repetitive. Ok, sometimes in real life they are repetitive—the same thing just keeps getting rehashed over and over because the problem doesn’t go away—and I do like realism in books. But the other issue was that these relationship problems didn’t have that heart-wrenching quality they had the potential for. It felt more like I was just watching two people repeatedly discuss the same thing rather than actually feeling the emotion through them, so it kind of lost the impact.
Anyone who has read my previous reviews is probably wondering why I’ve continued the series when I’ve made the same complaint in every review, and the answer is that I have genuinely enjoyed all the books, I do enjoy fun, lighter books sometimes, but I still wanted to explain my reason for not rating them higher. It’s not a bad thing for a book to not be heart-wrenching, and plenty of other reviewers have found the books to have lots of emotion, but I just think there was potential for so much more.
That being said, everything else about the book was still on par with the rest of the books in the series, and I still enjoyed reading the story and rooting for the characters!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Stephen Osborne's Duncan Andrews Thrillers series. M/M urban fantasy fans who want some quick, light reading with likeable characters, snarky humor, and paranormal fun.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Pale as a Ghost (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 1) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Animal Instinct (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 2) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: The Scarlet Tide (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 3) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Dead End (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 4) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Under a Blood-Red Moon (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 5) by Stephen Osborne
Duncan Andrews, a private detective who specializes in paranormal cases, is back, along with his usual gang. Robbie Church, his boyfriend, is a ghost. Gina, a centuries old witch, is his best friend. And Daisy, Duncan’s bulldog, just happens to be a zombie. Odd man out seems to be Nick, a history teacher. He’s a normal, living human.
Duncan’s latest case leads him to a rock band in Indianapolis called The Scarlet Tide. It doesn’t take Duncan long to realize all of the band members are vampires. He sets out to destroy them, but runs into trouble with the charismatic leader of the band, Dominic Hunt. Duncan ends up under Hunt’s psychic control, and is forced to examine his relationships with Robbie and Nick, as well as his attraction for Hunt. Can Robbie and Gina help Duncan break Hunt’s psychic grip? Is there any hope the vampire can be destroyed once and for all?
Book Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Duncan Andrews Thrillers
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Mystery, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series