In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence - gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by "Dead Bolt", a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.
A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with "model" Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox's past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend - and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.
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Great start to a series
Jonathan Young does a great job
Nox is a vigilante in dystopian New York after a massive flood has left the big Apple in ruins. He has a “son” that he cares about above all else and a desire for justice.Cade is a “model”/rent boy who ends up bringing a letter to Nox’s son, Sam, and getting involved with Sam and Nox in a dangerous game where things aren’t as they seem.The end is sort of a cliff hanger – so be warned – that hopefully leads us to the next book.**It took me forever to get through this book because I love Tere Michaels but I’m just not a big fan of the dystopian future storyline.
So take this review with a grain of salt and here are my impressions:
1) Tere Michaels is a great writer who writes fantastic, gritty, sensual characters with a lot of depth
2) Even her secondary characters are fully developed and engaging
3) The smexy times in this story are hot – another of Michael’s skills
4) This is a little different than the previous books I’ve read by her in that it is more dark and lies more heavily on the non-romance/thriller portion of the story
5) Sometimes the story was twisty, turny and confusing to me, but it leaves a lot of potential for future segments in the series
So – I give this 4 of 5 stars for writing, characterization and creativity but 2.5 of 5 stars for overall romance and lack of good “feels”, averaged to 3.25 stars.
Jonathan Young is a new narrator for me, but he has won me over! I really, really enjoyed his narration here. He does a sweetly southern accent for Cade and a nice dark growl for Nox. He differentiates nicely the other voices as well and did a truly amazing job with the smexy scenes. Even though the story is still very dark and not exactly my cup of tea, I really enjoyed the passion in the narration and enjoyed listening to the story despite the darkness. This absolutely added to my enjoyment of this story and bumps my rating up to a 4.5 of 5 stars.
- Morgan A Skye