So the saga of Roan, aka Batman, continues and I was not disappointed. In this installment, there was a lot of character development where motivation and feelings were explored more. We see a different side to Dylan. Though he feels powerless to keep Roan safe, he makes his needs known, pushing Roan to be more aware of the consequences of his actions. He's deceptively insightful, surprisingly forceful. Holden too plays a major part, becoming an invaluable part of the team. He's full of street cred, the perfect partner as he works the opposite angles of their investigations. His moral ambiguity allows certain things to get resolved. Will it complement Roan or corrupt both of them further? And let's not forget the fabulous group of kickass hockey players. What started off as a client/investigator relationship changed to almost a surrogate family. Tough, fierce, crazy - their loyalty and acceptance were a joy to read.
I continue to appreciate the exceptional humor, the bitter sarcasm. At times this was a lot of fun - at others, the mysteries/cases were particularly dark and disturbing. Speed as always, continues to show the absolute horrible depravity and evil that some are capable of, and this was probably the most brutal entry yet.
There's a lot of debate and back and forth regarding Roan's other half. Some are scared of it. Some want him to embrace and own it. Others want him to use it to champion all infecteds, while many condemn him for merely existing. He too, constantly struggles with the uncertainty of his condition. Can he keep his humanity? Who's in control of whom? Surely he must realize that his very nature allows him to do what he does best - protect and mete out justice. But of course being a "superhero" does have potential consequences; his greatest fear being that it will hurt those he loves. Time will only tell if Speed allows him to come to peace with this internal fight and whether or not his living by the sword will be his undoing.
<b>"He was born this way, caught between human and virus, lion and man, a hybrid compromise between two incompatible states... he was a thing that shouldn't have been."</b>
Thanks to Desinka, Meep, Otila, Rosa, Sheri and Sofia for another fabulous BR!
As I look back on what I just read, I'm a bit unsure of the details - the plot somewhat nebulous...
What I can tell you is that this reminded me a little of [b:Special Forces - Soldiers|7842653|Special Forces - Soldiers (Special Forces, #1)|Aleksandr Voinov|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1268851627s/7842653.jpg|10939227], where the two MC's are seasoned, hardened military alpha men on opposite sides. They are sworn enemies in a war that has been going on for over 300 years. Despite the fact that they should hate each other, should have probably killed each other many times over - they keep coming back, keep hanging on to a "relationship" that has been brewing for the last 13 years!
This novella packs a punch with plenty of twists and turns, both politically and emotionally. These stoic soldiers have no room for feelings, let alone attachments. Do they dare? This definitely ends on a precipice… and I'm intrigued.
Stiles has a beehive for a brain which technically means he has a magical destiny bond with Derek.
This little gem has a lot going for it.
*Flailing, rambling Stiles that isn't over the top
*Broody, "I don't deserve to be happy" Derek
*Awesome Sheriff insight
*UST, angst, and feels
With spot on voice and characterization this was quick, simple, and satisfying. But wait!! Click here for more banter and sexy times - there's 4 other shorts to enjoy as they explore their new bond and navigate their relationship!