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A rich dive into a historical setting with fantastical twists
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020
Set in 1929, this tale dives into a rich, historical world while harmonizing with an exciting mix of monsters, mobsters and a dash of romance.
Colt is a a junior agent, who not only hunts mobsters but monsters as well. But then, he has a special ability; sirens don't effect him. Considering a siren hasn't been spotted in many years, this seems like a useless talent. Eris works as a singer at speakeasy, having no clue that she is a siren. When Colt is assigned the task of bringing her in, both are drawn into an unexpected web of secrets concerning Eris' past.
I really enjoyed the world building in this one. The author did a wonderful job at allowing the time period to come to life, making sure that even the details slide right in. The world of mobsters, agents, and crime is already exciting. So, when the crime rings are involved with the smuggling of mystical creatures and experimenting on DNA, things take a unique and exciting twist.
There are quite a few action scenes, which keep the story rolling along at a nice pace. There were a few moments in which I glided over a paragraph or two, but this by no means had me wanting to put the book down, either. The twists and turns were unexpected and swung surprisingly well into the entire historical setting. It was quite fun to read.
The romance works but wasn't quite what I'd hoped for. The struggle between an agent and his target falling in love should offer a delicious back and forth with lots of tension and tons of room for flip-flopping emotions. But this romance, while having some of that, didn't quite pack as much as I'd hoped. Still, it was sweet and pulled through.
All in all, this is a nice read to get lost in and holds several unique twists, which made it an intriguing read. Fans of historical settings, mobsters and enemies-to-friends romances will enjoy this one.