Hanukkah on Retainer

Author: Astrid Amara

Publisher: Loose Id

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: Loose Id and Amazon

Type: Sequel to Crash Plus Expenses

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Ever since their plane went down in the Alaskan wilderness and they survived the crash, starvation, and a bear attack, Dan Lewinski and Connor Katz have been inseparable. Now they’re preparing for their first Hanukkah together. Connor is finally hoping for some normalcy in his life. And things between them are good. Really good.

In fact, the only conflict between them is the evidence Connor stole from the cult of the Conscripted Army of God. Dan wants Connor to testify and use the documents to bring down the cult before it shatters any more lives. Connor wants to put the past in the past and not embroil himself in the cult’s business any more than he already has.

But then Connor’s little sister Kyrie shows up on the first night of Hanukkah. She’s finished her de-programming and wants to get closer to Connor, despite the fact that she still has ties to the cult, especially her boyfriend. But when the cult that made Connor’s young life a nightmare lures Kyrie back, he has no choice but to fight with everything he’s got. And Dan’s going to fight with him.


Review:  This book picks up a few months after Crash Plus Expenses. Dan and Connor are still living separately but they’ve started a life together. They’ve decided to invite their friends and family to join them for dinner to start Hannukah. Connor’s sister Kyrie shows up and surprises them all. She’s still angry at Connor for making her leave the only life she’s ever known. She’s attending a therapist who is supposed to be helping her remove her mindset from the cult like compound but it’s obvious part of her still wishes she was back there.

I had hoped we’d get more answers in this book but I didn’t feel satisfied with it. There’s still no resolution with the whacky cult. Connor’s hesitance in finally going after them is understandable but frustrating. Kyrie’s character was pretty interesting. How she’s still attached to the creepy cult even though everyone says she shouldn’t be. I’m sure there’s confusion there from her conditioning. Dan and Connor’s relationship is moving along. They have a little fight but things get resolved pretty quickly. It’s a short book so there’s not much time for things to happen but I wasn’t really ever drawn in. It’s not a bad book. I do like the characters but I can’t say I’m all that excited to read any more from this series.

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