This is the fourth book in the Anna Strong Chronicles by Stein. I think the best thing this book has going for it is that it is a quick read.
Anna finds herself in the middle of a soap opera in this book. David’s girlfriend Gloria has contacted Anna for help. Gloria’s business relationship with the co-owner of her restaurant has gone south and Gloria wants Anna to help we sort it out. Shortly after this things really get out of hand for Gloria. Other than that there is a pack of werewolves in town that has an interest in Anna. Anna is still struggling with maintaining her human ties.
I mean seriously, Anna is caught in the crossfire of Gloria and David’s relationship, Daniel Frey’s new relationship with his girlfriend, troubles with a werewolf pack, and trouble with continuing the facade that she is human with her family. Events are mish-mashed together and so many things are thrown at you so rapidly that at times it makes you sigh and think “Okay one more personal issue for Anna to deal with.” I felt like I was watching a bad paranormal soap opera. There doesn’t seem to be an overlying story here. Anna, to be quite honest, is a bitch through this whole book. Anna has a lot of excuses to explain her bad interactions with people; it comes down to the fact that as a character she is not changing, she stays stubbornly the same.
We really don’t find out a whole lot more about the supernatural community either. Maybe a little about werewolves but that’s it. There is no more about the Watchers; Max is gone again from the plot. He makes a brief appearance in the beginning to add to Anna’s angst (as if she doens’t have enough emotional crap to deal with) and then is visibly absent for the rest of the book. What is with Max anyway? Out of all the significant others I’ve read about, he has got to be the one with the least ever amount of page space ever. I thought that the whole deal with the witch introduced in the last book could have served for some very interesting material in this book, guess I was wrong there was almost no mention of it in this book.
I am beginning to wonder if Stein plans out her series at all or just free-flow writes whatever pops into her mind. The positive for this series is that it is fast-moving, engaging, and a super quick read. I think it took me, at tops, three hours to read this book. Stein continues to keep her sex scenes tasteful and brief, which is a relief.
I also was also disappointed that there weren’t many fight scenes, I mean where’s the action and adventure here? I don’t know if I will keep reading this series. I have been borrowing the books from a friend…so if I can keep reading them for free I might. I would never invest money in them though…