Overall, this is just a great story to read. Michelle Bellon has created a good, tight storyline and a believable heroine in Shyla. The story moved quickly and without many meanderings or wasted efforts. The interplay between Brennan and Shyla was very well written and the dialogue with other characters was precise and to the point as well. There was not an overabundance of descriptive prose to slog through to get to the story. The story was right there the whole time.
Shyla has an alcohol problem that displayed powerfully as her way of dealing with her past. The use of this coping mechanism showed a great flaw in her character, which casts a great light on Michelle’s writing skills and her style. Shyla is very driven and puts on a brave face when doing what she needs to do, but that bottle and her internal demons are always waiting. The looking glass into the drinking problem was powerful, yet realistically presented.
Brennan, to me, remained more a of a mystery throughout the story, even though in his viewpoint is is well thought out and delivered beautifully. I just felt he was not featured as much as he should have been as a tragic hero pining for the woman he couldn’t have. There is a huge vat of emotions in this story and you feel them from every character. I just wanted a little bit more from him than I got.
Victor is another well painted character, down to his mercurial personae and his rapidly changing personality. He was strong, intimidating and thoroughly fun to read, but there is an underlying viciousness that was missing in the closing scenes. All other support characters were very well maintained and written, with all their own styles and personalities and you never have a thought that one is acting out of character.
I liked this book a lot and found it hard to put down. The story moves along and there is very little wasted space, so finding a put down point was difficult. The story is fun and the characteristics of Brennan’s unique situation was entirely believable and an interesting way of drawing a new light to an old literary favorite.
Excellent job Michelle, well done indeed. I look forward to the next one.