A Nix Review – Prodigal Son by Debra Mullins (4 Stars)

Posted December 12, 2013 by Nix in 4 Stars, Sci-Fi / 0 Comments

Prodigal Son—the new paranormal romance from acclaimed historical romance author Debra Mullins

Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.

Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.

Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.

FTC : I have worked with this author before on events but she didn’t request this review. I got the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book. The start is filled with tension and distrust as Cara is forced to accept help from Rafe. Rafe is a bit mean, a lot scary and is a little bit sexy but Cara needs him to find Danny (who doesn’t deserve finding by the way) whom he wants to catch to take back to jail. Cara can’t fight the mysterious mind-controlling bad-guys all by herself and she really needs the mysterious Hunter strength of Rafe to get her out of the grips of danger and back on the trail of her worthless brother and the object that seems to be causing all the strife. It was fun. It was tense. I was hooked. It was also nicely hot…. we all know that’s what I look for in a book J

Around the middle of the book, things started to get a bit silly. I read another review where the reviewer compared this to a book about superheroes and, although it is, that isn’t what bothered me. In fact that is one of the things that I liked the most. What I didn’t like was the giant info-dump that we get at around 50-60% of the book regarding the Atlantians. Yes, it needed to be in the book and it is always a contentious part of world building as different readers prefer this information delivered in different ways and at different times. Myself, I prefer the info-dump technique at the beginning of the book so I don’t formulate my own opinions about what’s going on. I found this way to be a little bit overwhelming and it broke the flow of the story. To be fair, I was back straight into it after I digested the information.

The end of the story, the secondary characters and the interesting plot all mean I’m invested within the series, meaning I’ll probably end up buying the next book. I enjoyed it and I want to see more from each of these characters. I especially liked the sister..that should be a fun book.

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