Authors: Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt
Series: Hours of the Night 2.5
Rating: Three Petals
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Noel Chandler had a good reason for leaving the L.A.P.D. for New Orleans, but when he walks into a burned out Garden District mansion, he discovers there are some things he can’t outrun. The spooks can find him anywhere.
As the resident historian for the cable show Haunts and Hoaxes, Professor Adam Morales keeps an open mind about the supernatural. Or that’s what he tells himself, until he meets a man who puts that principle to the test. Noel’s smart, sexy, and has killer cop instincts. One glance from his bedroom eyes has Adam ready to believe anything.
But is Noel haunted, crazy, or just another hoax?
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Noel is pretty sure he isn't crazy, except crazy is the only explanation he can come up with for the strange things he's been experiencing. Then he meets Adam and he's suddenly not sure whether he's the crazy one after all, except the feelings he quickly develops for Adam mean so much more than figuring out the magic involved in their lives.
I liked this short snapshot into some of the people that have been indirectly effected by the events in the previous stories in the series. Adam as the neighbor that called in the fire was an interesting character mostly because of his disbelief in magic. Noel is equally well written. I liked his cop sensibilities combined with his dose of reality that he couldn't continue the work he loved with the issues he was having. Their characterizations and their interactions with each other were the best part of this book. I am definitely hoping there are future books featuring this duo.
I wasn't as enamored with the overall plot outside of the romance. The book starts with a message to readers stating that you do not have to have read the other books in the series to understand this one, but that just isn't true. The entire plot hinges on the fire that occurred in Nocturne, but no explanation is ever provided in this book about why that fire is important. Noel is getting magical flashbacks of it and he and Adam meet because of it. A graveyard scene pulled from Hours of the Night is also what brings them together. The fire and the graveyard are part of the big mystery Adam and Noel are actively trying to solve, yet that mystery is never brought to a satisfying conclusion. Readers will have no idea why the plot is at all important unless they have read the previous books. Yes, their romantic plot goes well, but it really felt like a major plot hole to not have any answers to the magical side of this book.
I am definitely enjoying reading this series and that is why I recommend every book, including this one. I liked the characterizations and the romantic plot was well written, however the dramatic, magic-oriented plot was left unsolved, which left the book feeling unfinished.
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