Fraud Twice Felt
Author: J.T. Hall
Title: Fraud Twice Felt
Series: The Oddities 2
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Three weeks after solving his old boyfriend’s murder, bounty hunter Derwin Bryant is trying to let go of the past and embrace his new life with Elliot Leed, a former rentboy and fellow Oddity. Elliot, meanwhile, is trying to adjust to working at Bob’s Bail Bonds and having a real relationship despite his strange power of Object Reading. Hanging over the couple is the fear that Roy Yoshiro, notorious gang lord, will make good on his threats to claim Elliot. If that happens, not even Derwin’s superhuman strength will be enough to protect the man he loves.
Their concerns are overshadowed when Derwin’s friend asks for help finding her missing son. It’s not long before the case takes Derwin and Elliot back to the crime-ridden underbelly of the city and straight into Yoshiro’s clutches. Two gangs are vying for power, and Derwin and Elliot get caught in the middle of their very public fight.
Derwin and Elliot must find a way to thwart both gangs’ plans and escape alive. This time, one misstep could spell disaster for all the inhabitants of Nis.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Derwin and Elliot are starting their relationship on strong ground. The feelings between them are mutual and they are both more than willing to work to keep it. Unfortunately, the rest of Nis isn't as interested. A friend's child has gone missing, bringing Elliot to the attention of a gang leader that wants him back. For both Derwin and Elliot to survive, their relationship has to come to an end, and that's not a solution either are willing to live with.
All of the world building and characterizations for this series was already accomplished in the first book, so at this point there isn't anything new to add. That was a mistake in my opinion. The truly great series are always evolving as the characters learn more about the world and about themselves. The only growth in the entire book was Elliot beginning to grow up, which was unfortunately not well fleshed out. I needed to learn more about Derwin and about the strange and very interesting world they live in for this story to have needed depth.
What I did enjoy was the plot. It kept me hooked from the first page and each twist and turn was interesting to read. It was also predictable, but I didn't mind being able to guess what was happening beforehand because it was still a well-written story. I particularly liked learning about Elliot's magic, which he has begun to learn more about in his quest to join Derwin as a private investigator.
Despite this book lacking any continued growth from book one, I did enjoy the plot and the magic. I do recommend it and I am looking forward to book three in the series.
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