Indirect Lines by Dana Marie Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have read some books from this world, but none from this particular series. With that being said, there was a little learning curve here, but nothing that make this unable to be read as a standalone novel.
Barney (ugh, the name kills me) is a Hunter who is determined not to follow-through with his mate. He goes through all the typical denial rationalizations - "it's too dangerous," "she's too young," "I don't want to be tied down." This is really a losing battle, though, because his predestined mate, Heather, is determined to push the issue. Why wouldn't she? They are supposed to be mates, right? Well, behind all this push and pull of the mating call there is a larger story at play. There have been white shifters showing up and coming to Halle more than ever in recent history. Muddied by urban legends and lost histories, no one really knows what the deal is with all the white shifters and Barney is tasked with solving at least one of the big riddles of this investigation.
Of course, Barney's "best intentions" for not mating Heather are eventually nullified and these two give in to fate. It might seem kind of inevitable, but Barney is pretty stubborn. Luckily, his internal bear has some sense. While working apart, nothing got solved and there appeared to be no answers on the horizon. When they work together, however, they finally seem to get somewhere with all the questions and riddles. While we don't get a solid resolution to everything, the ending is definitely a happy one.
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