Reviewed by Merrylee, TwoLips
a parallel universe, Breachers are shapeshifters who've fostered
human legends and myths, from Bigfoot to fire-breathing dragons.
Pulled from their own universe by a freak celestial anomaly,
they're plopped down in our world, without the possibility of
ever going home. Most adapt, making the choice to live secretly
among humans as humans themselves. But there are some Breachers
who can't handle life as humans. They go berserk, becoming
blood-thirty murderers that need to be put down before the rank
and file of humanity discover what they really are. Enter the
secret “no name” government organization tasked with putting
these rogues down.
Although he may not prefer his solitary existence, professional
kick boxer Arik
Hawthorne has settled into a comfortable niche that suits his
need for secrecy while allowing him to work off the pent up
energy that's basic to his “fiery” nature. But when he's
partnered with Army Lt. Corinth Marya to hunt down the rogue
Breacher killing humans in a small New Mexico town, all bets are
off. The beautiful Marya calls to him like no other female –
human or Breacher – ever has, but by loving her he risks
everything, including his own life.
After a disappointing book one in the series, Linda
begins to shine with the release of book two – Hawthorne
and Marya. Although
the opening pages somewhat mirror
the beginning of book one, this second installment offers one of
the most original story lines and unique paranormal villains in
the invisible dirt-manipulating tzealdo
that I've ever come across in my reading. And the emotional
angst I was missing in Holt
and McKenna? It found
its way into Hawthorne and Marya.
their biological differences, putting these two intriguing
individuals together works well. I
really enjoyed the way their relationship
progresses. From Hawthorne's initial reticence to commit to
Marya and her instinctive fear of his scaly, fire-breathing
form, love is much more likely to happen between these two with
all the stumbling blocks Ms.
puts in their way. And
I can’t forget to mention the sizzling hot passion
between them! These two veritably burn up the sheets!
there's still something about this series that keeps it from
reaching its true potential. It's not Ms.
Mooney's writing, nor is it her plotting or
characterizations. It's the setting. It took me awhile to
finally realize that this series feels unsuited
to a modern time frame and atmosphere. In my humble opinion, had
written this series with a steampunk setting, it would have been
a phenomenal read.
can read my review of book one, Holt
and McKenna, here.
Either book can
be read as a stand alone