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Friday, July 9, 2010

REVIEW: Rogue by Rachel Vincent


Book: Rogue by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Shifters, #2
Free or Purchased: Purchased


Rating: PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (4 Zombies)
After going to hell and back in Stray, Faythe Sanders is back for more. Throughout the course of the book, she is battered, dumped, shot at, and shocked, but still manages to provide readers with a witty and sarcastic account of the mystery.

Blurb:

Okay, so cats don t always land on their feet.

I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I've made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I m working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.

But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet--two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear... 

  
The Book
Faythe has recovered well from her ordeals in Stray, although her scars still bother her, and is comfortable in her relationship with domesticated stray Marc. Everything is going well, her job as enforcer for her Alpha father isn't half as bad as she thought it would be, and all is right with the world--mostly.

As it turns out, Marc isn't quite as comfortable as Faythe is. After being left at the alter five years ago, he wants some reassurance that Faythe isn't going to walk out on him again when she's released from her father's employment in 2 1/2 years. And who can blame the guy? She wouldn't talk to him for five years after she left him the right before their wedding!

Oh, yeah, and someone's killing tomcats in Faythe's Pride's territory. Very not cool. Especially when she finds out some startling facts about that someone that lead her to think that, maybe, things just aren't as clean-cut as they seem at first glance. Like her human ex-boyfriend, for instance, and the probably dead stray Luiz.

My Thoughts
I know that I just recently mentioned that I don't like couples that do nothing but fight, and I stand by that statement--except for in books like this. When Faythe and Marc fight it's so raw and emotionally charged on both ends that you can't help but be drawn further into the book for their verbal melee. You gotta love it, even if you cry all the way through.

Faythe and Marc are such a great couple because of how different they are--Marc is loyal to a fault and would die for his Pride members, as well as kill for them; Faythe longs for freedom and would give anything to get some space from her Pride, no matter who she hurts doing so. Neither of them understand how their actions will affect the other, but they both spend inordinate amounts of time thinking through how to get out of things after they screw it all up. It's hilarious and kind of sad.

Add in a nice mystery off to the side, fueling the flames of Faythe and Marc's arguments and you get the perfect Shifters book. I'm about to start the third as soon as this review is finished, so by the time anyone reads this, I should be done with it. Anyone else read this series? Thoughts (without spoilers, please)?