Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Book #Review: Cry Wolf (Brown & De Luca 4.5) by Maggie Shayne .@maggieshayne

Book Title:  Cry Wolf ( Brown & De Luca 4.5)
Author:  Maggie Shayne |WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Publisher: Thunderfoot
Genre: Romantic Thriller, Romance, Paranormal
Series/Standalone: Book 4.5
Format: ebook, Mass Market
Cost: $0.00
Pages: 105
How I got it: Kindle Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
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Hey, I’m Rachel and just so you know up front, I’ve got a mouth on me. Not in public–when I can help it. Cussing is bad for the image of a bona fide guru of self-help, or that which I call “the bullsh*t I write.”

Only, I’m not so sure it’s bullsh*t, because in trying it out, I got my eyesight back after 20 years. Yeah, the corneal tissue came from a serial killer, and yeah, I started seeing his crimes. But still, eyesight.

I also have the hottest detective in the universe attached to my proverbial–and, okay, wider than I’d like–hip. I got his 2 nephews with the package and I couldn’t fu–freaking love Jeremy and Josh more if I was their mother, which I’m way too young to be.

That’s a lie, Rache. They’re twelve and eighteen. You’re thirty–

Don’t interrupt, Inner B*tch, I’m on a roll.

I also have my amazing bulldog, Myrtle. I understand her. She’s blind like I used to be.

And I got a little something extra with my cornea transplant. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” said the greatest TV detective ever.

Only my something extra was…let’s say down. And one of Josh’s sixth-going-into-seventh-grade pals has been kidnapped. The sick prick snatched him off his bicycle and left a note behind. “Wait for instructions.” Only none ever came.

What a time for my antennae to be out of whack!

So my wires are down, there’s a kid missing, I’m bathing in my pity pool, and things get even worse. A big celebrity psychic shows up to help the cops find the missing kid. In my town.

Yeah. No.

So there’s all that. But I’m out of room, so…just get the book, and I’ll tell you the rest.

NOTE: This is a 25,000-word novella. There will be a new Brown and de Luca Novel, GIRL BLUE later in 2019.
This is another of the quick stories that movies the overall story ahead while giving us a brief case to solve and letting us know more about Rachel & Mason.  In this one Rachel and Mason are still rebuilding their home after the events of Deadly Obsession and living in an RV with the boys. It starts off at a local carnival with Josh hanging with his friends and having a blast.  When it's time to head to home Jeremy who is heading off to college soon comes to get him with his new badass car. Events lead to them heading away from home and on the way there discover that one of the boys from the group has been taken.

The events play out and a well known psychic is brought in to find the boy which pisses Rachel off to no end; as she is feeling blocked in her NFP and is wondering if it's left her. There is a lot of growth that happens here for Rachel and I really enjoyed her realizing that not appreciating a talent can destroy it just as easily as if you actually physically destroyed it. Rachel is determined to prove that the psychic is a fraud and help find the kidnapped boy. Rachel hates the word 'psychic' and hates that the woman seems to be getting things right, while her "Not Fucking Psychic" knowing seems to be blocked. She's not jealous of the woman she just hates people who take advantage of the vulnerable and she's going to prove this woman is a scam.  While she's not a fan of the psychic once she has a discussion she's given an idea of how to cultivate it and is shocked when it actually works.

How does Rachel balance her need to prove this woman wrong when it seems like her talents are being proven correct while Rachel herself is struggling to accept her gift and get it to work again.  For a novella it packed a bit in and I loved it. I liked Rachel's progression and the discussion of therapy for the boys. It's good to see them coming together as a family.

I highly recommend it, normally I used to skip the novellas while reading a series, now that authors are sharing such good tidbits in between and letting it move the series forward I'm not skipping anymore.
  • Heather Graham Krewe of Hunters series
  • Lisa Jackson 
Happy Reading my loves, 

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