Melissa F. Olson – Boundary Lines
The blurb: Fitting into the Old World isn’t going very well for Boulder boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther: she may have earned a place in a vampire’s service, but now it seems as if every supernatural creature in town has found a reason to hate her. And when Lex and her partner are assigned to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two vampires during the night of the full moon, they find themselves with more questions than answers.
Was it murder…or mutiny?
The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.
My rating: 4/5
Tagged: urban fantasy, vampires, paranormal, magic
Date I started this book: 05/01/2016
Date I finished this book: 08/01/2016
What did I think? I pretty much said what I had to say about the state of the genre in my review of “Boundary Crossed” so I’ll try not to repeat it here. My short review would be: If you liked “Crossed” you will enjoy “Lines”. And if you haven’t read “Crossed”, you could read and enjoy this as a standalone but I would recommend reading the series in order.
This well-written series is populated by interesting, likable characters with a nice dose of mystery. But I think what I like best about it is the main character, Lex. While definitely a “powerful” witch, she is an intelligent, ethical, army vet and it is these human characteristics that carry the story and, ultimately, save the day. Sure there are the usual “magical” situations but it is Lex’s humanity that is the backbone of the story.
There is a little more sex in “Lines” than the original, but thankfully Olson doesn’t write a porn scene- although she had me concerned for a minute 🙂 Also “supernatural” violence and some cursing but nothing beyond what you would expect in this type of fantasy.