Review: Arctic Bite by N. J. Walters

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Author: N. J. Walters
Series: Forgotten Broterhood #2
Pages: 400

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Being immortal doesn’t mean you can’t die. It just means you’re damn hard to kill.

When Alexei Medvedev joined the Forgotten Brotherhood — paranormals hired to assassinate other paranormals — he knew it wouldn’t be a cake walk. But his next target is one of Death’s own Reapers gone rogue. For the first time since he started this gig, “damn hard to kill” feels more like “damn near impossible.”

Tracking Cassie Dobbs brings him to a remote bar in small-town Alaska, where this hot-as-hell Reaper is casually serving drinks, as if she doesn’t have a bounty on her head from Death himself. Alexei is dangerously intrigued. Everyone in the Brotherhood knows the first rule: don’t fall for your target.

But Alexei soon has bigger problems to face than an unexpected attraction. They only send assassins after those who deserve to die…or so he’s been made to believe. Now that he’s met Cassie, though, he’s not so sure.

What if everything he’s been told is a lie, and the person he’s been sent to kill is the only one who knows the truth?

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Paranormal Romance, Assassins: I wasn’t a fan of the first book: bad characters, messy plot and pretty boring action scenes. This second book of the Forgotten Brotherhood is a leap up in at least one of those aspects: the main couple. Even though better characters is a great improvement to enjoy the story, this one is still lacking some spark. We are presented with powerful supernatural creatures whose job is being the baddest assassins recorded and yet it lacks trepdiation and sense of danger. It lacks adventure. It lacks worldbuilding. The author has put together an interesting world, but she rarely uses it. Romance is great, but if I’m looking for something like this I would check Contemporary Romance, instead of Paranormal.

zZz: That is the biggest issue I have with this book. It has good settings and characters, but ultimately is mighty boring. We have an ancient reaper and a badass vampire/shifter. We have a bunch of supernatural creatures hunting them. So… how come there is almost zero action scenes in this book? There is a moment when that aspect gets a bit absurd, when the villains just pop-up in the living room (in an orderly manner) of Alexei to say their piece; but no fight takes place.

Better than the first one, but not good enough to keep me engaged. The third is the charm?

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