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Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
Before Reckless Road came out I read the other Torpedo Ink books again. That let me go into this book with a fresh idea of who the characters are, what their personalities look like. Admittedly, I really didn’t like the previous book. Too much time on kitten play, not enough time on character development. And, frankly, I was tired of reading the word “star” unless it applied to a sapphire or something one would see in the sky. Enough about that.
This book leaves so many unanswered questions. I realize there is a developmental arc these books are going on. These characters are taking a journey, and we may never see the end of that journey simply because they should seem to continue to live off the page. But, there were unanswered questions in this book ABOUT this book. Some of the characters even noted those unanswered questions. For instance, how did what was being seen as a malevolent force by Player, an individual who has psychic sensitivities, by Zyah who can read people through her connection with the earth, turn in to Anut’s adopted son? Who loves her, but hasn’t attempted to contact her in 17 years, or send her money or help of any kind? Even after they established a way he could contact her safely? He just pops up at the end of the book, no additional explanation. I can’t figure out if he’s a pointless character add, or if he’s going to turn into being some really bad person and Christine is just messing with us all right now.
What the heck is going on with Alena and Pierce? He is only in one scene and in that scene Alena acts completely out of character. She allows him to come into her restaurant, where she is trying to work and get her business off the ground, and basically lets him throw a neglect tantrum. Supposedly they see each other on a regular basis, he knows this restaurant is important to her, he should understand – since he’s portrayed as an intelligent individual – that involves a lot of hard work, but he disrespects her efforts and her needs. Instead of kicking his butt out, she goes outside with him, gets up to some undescribed thing which one can only assume is sexual in nature, leaving food on the stove that has to be served her customers. I thought she was supposed to be disciplined, efficient, I thought she was supposed to have a certain level of calm. The whole she “forgot” their date three times in a row is just too highschooler for me. This is not the kind of thing that adults with a high degree of discipline do. I realize they’re all supposed be working, developing into people who can exist in a world they don’t exactly understand, but that was so off for her.
Torpedo Ink has been hanging around Sea Haven for a while now. But they don’t live in Sea Haven, just close to it. This book has a lot of Jonas, a lot of Jackson, and then we have Hannah and her store. I appreciate these characters are wrapped into this world since they are closely related. But, I also felt Hannah was sort of thrown in there for effect because the Sea Haven books are so loved. I try not to make eye contact with the fact Torpedo Ink runs around killing people and Jonas and Jackson, who are supposed to be intelligent and good at what they do, can’t pin anything on these guys other than a traffic ticket. I worked a bit with national law enforcement at one time in my career and I’m here to tell you this would’ve bumped up the chain by now and the FBI would be all over the MC. Plus, so many motorcycle clubs in such a little patch of land. Seriously, I’m surprised they’re not running into each other at four way stop signs.
Then the book ends. And it is abrupt, and it leaves all these questions, and it has all these odd episodes that I suppose are supposed to pass for character development, and yet don’t really do that. So I’m giving this book 3 stars, because it was better than the last one, I didn’t have to skip whole half chapters as Christine described anal sex repeatedly. And, yet. There is something missing here. I just don’t have the whetherall right now to figure out what it is.