I'll be honest. I didn't really want this book. I didn't like the idea of Remy with Wyatt, and frankly, I wasn't ready for him to move on from his wife and kids. I started grumbling about it when I saw the writing on the wall in the last book. But while I did have some problems with the romance, I did eventually get to the point where I was ok with Wyatt moving on from his old life. That doesn't mean I still didn't have some issues, but I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would.
The story begins with Wyatt tracking down Remy, who is making her way to Envy. The stone her grandfather gave her is becoming a beacon for the zombies, so their journey is difficult. The problems are exacerbated when Dantes the dog gets hurt and Ian the bounty hunter joins their party. The story follows their trip as well as the continuing efforts of the Strangers as they try to get their hands on Remy and what we learn is the so called "mother stone."
Let's talk first about what I liked about the book. It felt like a real return to the old vibe of the series. It was more about the post-apocalyptic and zombie stuff than the dolphins and cultists and the Atlantis mythology that were so prevalent in the later installments. I LIKE the zombies and the apocalypse stuff so that was a definite win. It reminded me of the early books of the series in that way. I also really liked revisiting the couples from the early books.
What I didn't like... in a word... was Wyatt. I understand his angst. I really do. But he was such a dick to Remy. It was not her fault that he was attracted to her, but he sure did make her pay for it. Every time he felt a connection to her, every time he gave in to the temptation to touch her or kiss her, he would slap her down. And that went a long way to sapping the large pool of sympathy I had amassed for him from the loss of his wife and kids.
Joss Ware did give me a great surprise that went a long way helping both him (and me) move on from his loss. I liked how she helped ease his pain... and I liked the the emergence of his gift. I thought Remy was a fairly good heroine, though even with the healing mojo she received, I felt like she got over her abuse a little easily.
The overall story arc is moving along, but it feels like it is drawing to a close. I am just hoping we get an Ian book before it's all said and done. I still feel like there is a redemption story in there, even if it's not with the woman I had envisioned.
Rating: B-*ARC Provided by Avon