Apex Investigations #3
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
James Pearson is sick of being down and out. The Apex tech guru has been in a wheelchair since a client gone bad poisoned him, and he’s determined to find out who’s behind their run of seriously bad luck. He’s also dreaming of a certain bobcat shifter, and he can’t figure out if Hank was real, or if he was just a figment of James’ fevered imagination. Hank DeLong wants to leave undercover work behind him, and he’s missing the connection he felt with James when he was working with Apex Investigations. So when he gets the chance to go back and help the PI firm figure out how all of their recent issues are connected, he jumps at the chance. Not only do Hank and James have to deal with the mate bond they can feel forming, they also have to fight the danger lurking around every corner for the team. Can they heal James and bring all the threads together before someone gets killed?
I haven’t read the first two books in this series, but as I’m a new fan of this author’s work, and I love this genre, I grabbed this one. Although there’s a clearly a lot of backstory and an ongoing series arc, I didn’t have any problems following this story or getting invested in the characters. I need to play catch up now and read the first two books.
I loved the world building with a diverse group of shifters working together to solve crimes. The banter is fabulous, and comes with a strong sense of found family. I liked how the bad guys are weasels and croc shifters – the plot is very cleverly thought out.
I liked James and Hank. James is wonderfully geeky and techy, while Hank is more hands on and out in the field. I thought they worked well together and were perfect as bonded mates. I liked the way the mate bond is written, and I like how the bond isn’t just their human selves but their kitties too. I loved how both sides of who they are as shifters feel like a whole, and that their cat bleeds into their personality too. The telepathy side of the bond is very cool.
The plot is wonderfully convoluted as they all bring their experience and investigative strengths together to figure out who is behind the threat to their team. I like how the bad guy is very much a threat, and the lengths he’ll go to is quite chilling. While this story is more about James and Hank’s mate bond, than the ongoing action plot, there was enough of the latter to hook me in, and keeping me reading as I need to find out what happens next.
4 out of 5 stars.