Packing Heat by Austin Bates

Four out of Five Stars

Summary

I’ve never been so humiliated in my life.

My twin brother is the definition of a lost soul. And it bothers me, sure… but I didn’t even know he was out of jail until a steamy older bounty hunter showed up at my workplace, looking for him.

And tackled me to the ground in his place.

Now I’m out of a job and gunning for my brother, and there’s only one person I know who can help me find him – the bounty hunter who got me in this situation to start with.

They say that the enemy of your enemy is your friend, but I’m not sure that teaming up with Neo feels all that friendly. He’s my opposite in every way – I’m younger, he’s older; I’m loud, and he’s the strong, silent type. I’m omega… and he’s all alpha.

The more I get to know Neo, the less I want to be his enemy. But we’re only together for one purpose: to catch my brother.

Right?

Review

Let me start with the narrator, Christopher Kauzlarich. Looking at other reviews, you either love him or hate him. I LOVED Christopher Kauzlarich’s narration. His voice is exactly how I imagined Tucker would sound. Soft, considerate, and easy to listen to.

            On to the story!

            Tucker’s twin brother can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Neo, a bounty hunter, makes an easy mistake, thinking Tucker was who he was trying to find. This gets their romance started. Tucker, even as angry as he is with Neo, he can’t seem to stop thinking about Neo. Even though the man cost him his job.

            One thing you should know, Tucker is an omega and Neo is an alpha. They dance around each other in the beginning, but they compliment each other well. Tucker doesn’t bend to Neo’s will. He challenges the older man. Their chemistry intensified as the story progressed and they had some steamy romance scenes.

            Overall, this was a quick and fun read.

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A Vigil in the Mourning by Hailey Turner

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary:

Special Agent Patrick Collins is dispatched to Chicago, chasing a lead on the Morrígan’s staff for the joint task force. Needing a cover for his presence in the Windy City, Patrick is ordered to investigate a politician running for mayor. In the lead up to election day, not everything is what it seems in a city where playing to win means appeasing the gods first and the electorate second.

But Chicago brings its own set of problems outside the case: a stand-offish local god pack, a missing immortal, and Patrick’s twin sister. Fighting Hannah and the Dominion Sect provides Patrick with a sinister reminder that some blood ties can never be cut.

Left behind in New York City, Jonothon de Vere finds himself targeted by hunters who will go through anyone to kill him—including the packs under his protection. With a bounty on his head, Jono is forced to make a choice that Patrick would never approve of. Doing so risks breaking the trust he’s built with the man he loves, but not acting will give the rival New York City god pack leverage Jono can’t afford to give up.

When Patrick and Jono reunite in Chicago, Patrick must confront the fraying of a relationship he’s come to rely on for his own sanity. But fixing their personal problems will have to wait—because Niflheim is clawing at the shores of Lake Michigan and the dead are hungry.

The Review

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Hailey Turner’s novels. No matter what the book is, I have to grab it as soon as I can to read it. Vigil in the Mourning wasn’t any different. It was full of action, adventure, Wade’s snack shenanigans, Jono and the pack, and ultimately Patrick and Jono finding home with each other.

This novel separated Patrick and Jono apart for a bit of time. Patrick was in Chicago while Jono remained in New York. That was one thing I missed, Patrick and Jono’s intimacy that we got in the previous books. He had no moment of quiet with Jono and after everything they went through, I desperately wanted that for them. That’s my only complaint.

We did get a better insight into Jono, which I loved. He has such strength as an individual but when he is with his pack. He’s unstoppable. I feel like we were teased a bit with this aspect of the storyline. There’s more what happened in New York while Patrick was in Chicago. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for more to happen.

If you are a fan of Norse mythology, you will thoroughly enjoy this. I loved the portrayal of the Valkyrie with a modern day twist. Thor, Odin, and a plethora of other Gods worm their way into Patrick’s life and case, and they make his life even more complicated. Each of these gods were portrayed as warriors, harsh, cunning, and willing to push the boundaries.

It was a good addition to the series. I do feel like this book set up so many different avenues for the plot to continue on. I wonder what the next book in the series will bring. At this time of this posting, Hailey Turner mentioned being 50K into the next book, so hopefully we won’t be waiting too long for answers.

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