I was very glad to get back to Lily and Rule as the main characters. I think that switching to a different set of lead characters for a book or two was a great idea to keep the series fresh, and I was really excited to read about Cynna and Cullen originally, but I ended up not really enjoying their storyline that much. So, getting back to Lily and Rule was something of a relief.
This isn't a series that I feel you can pick up in the middle. Each book builds on each other and I think you'll lose the attachment and care you'd have after reading the other books if you jumped into the series here. I think this series is good enough to make reading all of the books worth it, but that's just me. :)
I really liked getting to see more of Toby in this book. His very existence is so important to Rule that I've been craving more information about their relationship. I certainly got that here, and I was very pleased by how that whole situation resolved.
Occasionally things got a bit slow while reading, but it always ended up picking back up. The storyline with Toby and the storyline with the magically influenced murders really kept my attention. I think Wilks does an excellent job making Lily's job seem lifelike and interesting without boring the reader with too much tedious detail.
Rule and Lily continue to be the main draw of this series. Even after so many books in the series I still find their relationship interesting to read about. The author continues to have them work through the issues that arise and shows them both working to navigate the unfamiliar waters of the mate bond.
I think one of my favorite things about this series is that in the midst of all these paranormal creatures, Lily and Rule seem like a normal couple doing the best that they can to work out their issues to make sure their relationship continues to be happy. And I don't mean normal as in Romance couple normal, I mean real life normal.
Lily and Rule talk things out and don't have huge misunderstandings that create high drama for the reader. They disagree and they occasionally snipe, but if they're mad they usually back away and then come back together later to try to work things out. They don't scream and throw things and play the hate game. They seem real and I love them for it. Don't get me wrong, I like drama, but I crave relationships like this in more of my books.
I loved the way that this story developed, but I feared for a while there that I would have to reach through the book and strangle a certain mother. I CANNOT believe she did that. I know that she loves him (even if it's not healthy) but I still haven't forgiven her, even if other characters have. I wouldn't be displeased at all to hear that something unfortunate had occurred and she would never again be able to mess up their lives.
The end of this book had my eyebrows shooting up in surprise. I had been wondering if that would ever crop up, and I'm excited to see where the author goes with it.