Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The Vigilante: Book Two
A wanted man after the destruction of the Iron Butterfly Casino, Nox Boyet must flee the island of Manhattan—the only home he’s ever known. Together with Cade, Sam, and the rest of their ragtag group, Nox must find a place to hide from the District Police and the violent group of unknown drug dealers on his tail.
The solution—the Creel family farm in South Carolina.
But home isn’t quite sweet for Cade, the prodigal son. As Cade struggles with his own secrets, shadows of the past threaten not only Nox’s life, but his relationship with his son, Sam.
Nox knows there will never be peace unless he finds the answers to all his questions—and the answers lie back on the island. Cade and the others must choose their paths—find safety or follow the Vigilante into the darkness of the city? The city where Nox will come face-to-face with the past.
Review: Nox, Sam, and Cade and their travel companions aren’t yet safe. Sam is getting sicker by the minute and being doted on by his almost boyfriend. Nox isn’t happy and it’s all making Cade unhappy. So, an unhappy Cade shows up at his family farm with his ragtag band of fugitives and has to deal with the family he left. It’s all… uncomfortable. Nox settles in to try to solve the puzzle of who is behind the drugs in the District. There are layers upon layers of people and phony organizations to sort through. Once law enforcement shows up they all know it’s time to leave the Creel farm, but there is some serious emotional upheaval before they all leave. Nox makes his way back to the District, that’s where things start to go wrong.
I have to confess I was really confused about what was happening in the beginning. It would be good to go over the previous book before reading this. This book still has plenty of immediate danger, but there is more time for the characters to think and reflect on the course of their life and their current troubles. Cade in particular spends a lot of time dwelling on his life choices and wondering if he’s ever made a good one. Consequently, this book felt pretty angsty. There is a whole lot of family drama. Some of it I really didn’t see coming. Nox and Sam need to walk similar paths, and neither man is happy with that. At all.
Some mysteries are demystified. Alex is found. Now no one likes him. One mystery was resolved by something way out of left field. I haven’t really processed how I feel about it. Could be an awesome writerly device, or not. I’m reserving judgment and being deliberately vague. Other things still appear nebulous even though I may know all the major players I don’t necessarily see how they fit together.
That ending. Damn. It was dark indeed. I really want the next one. Nox and Cade’s relationship is progressing, they’re getting to see the ugliest parts of each other right off. I enjoyed this book, but preferred the more action based first book. Since hairy things are happening that need a resolution I do really want the next one.