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While the story didn't pack the same punch for me that The Two Gentlemen of Altona did, it's entertaining, mainly thanks to Henry's continued misbehavior. It's also really interesting to see the threads woven from the start starting to finally show a pattern in the overarching mystery of the series and it makes me all the more anxious to find out what's really happening.
In the end, though, it's the narration that once again takes center stage and continues to blow me away. Nick J. Russo does such a fantastic job with all the characters voices and the tone of the story. He even managed to kept me enthralled at a point when, if reading, I would have thrown the book across the room in a fit of pique.
Mac and Henry are back and the story picks up just where The Two Gentlemen of Altona left with Henry racing to his twin sister, Viola's, side. Viola is in some trouble and Henry is determined to investigate the matter, much to Mac's consternation as Henry goes "undercover" as his twin sister to discover if there's an Angel of Death at his sister's care home.
Mac's distracted by Henry's shenanigans, but also by the fact that he's come under investigation for some pretty serious charges at the Bureau. When it turns out that Henry is linked in some ways to what's happening, it's up to Mac to decide whether he can trust Henry or not.
He almost turned back. Wasn’t that what you were supposed to do? You were almost out of the building or on the plane or driving home in the rain, and then suddenly you turned around and raced back and told the other person how you felt. And then they said they loved you too, and you kissed, and the credits rolled. No word on what happened next. How you dealt with the fact that one of you belonged in a prison cell, and the other should be facilitating that.
Bottom line, this is an entertaining story, a terrific series, and extraordinary narration. Note, this story once again ends on Quantum Leap cliffhanger-ish type ending, which I hope will be picked up and finally resolved completely in Tempest (Playing the Fool #3), which will be released soon on audio.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
For me, this series just gets better and better. I differ in her opinion in that I think this is not a story you skim. It is fast paced and rich in detail and every line is important.
I love the depth with which the characters are drawn and though my heart bleeds for all the sad life stories in this story, I am also rooting for them wholeheartedly.
Henry’s antics in Viola’s home are hysterical and the racy interactions between Henry and Mac while Henry is dressed as a girl were superb!
The romance moves forward in a very satisfying way (aka super HOT), as does the connection between Mac and Henry (aka super sweet).
I’m really enjoying this series and I was grateful I could move on to book three when I read the series.
Nick J Russo is a fantastic narrator and always does a quality job. He does a wonderful job of giving Viola and Henry as Viola a subtle difference but still feminine. I love this sequel and – as always – love Nick’s interpretation of it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
LOVE LOVE LOVE this series.
Henry is adorable and irritating at the same time and Mac is just a FBI teddy bear who's trying to do right by everyone.
This couple have so much heart.
The crime storyline has lots of great twists and turns.
The narration is spot on, fantastic.
I laughed a lot listening to this and the ultra kinky sex scene was a delight.
The next book is an immediate one click!