Prodigal Son—the new paranormal romance from acclaimed historical romance author Debra Mullin.
Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way. Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Tor Books
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Three Stars: An interesting beginning but it lacks a depth.
Rafe is in a tough situation. As a bounty hunter it is his job to track down criminals and those who have skipped town. His current assignment just so happens to be his former mentor. Rafe is hoping against hope that he is wrong about his friend, but unfortunately when he tracks him down, the hard truth comes out. His former friend is jealous of Rafe. The reason is that Rafe has never failed at bringing in an outstanding bond. Not once. Now everyone looks up to Rafe. The reason for his stunning track record is that he has special talents. He can see the criminals with his gift of sight. When he is in danger, Rafe has a darker, more primitive side known as the Hunter that takes over and battles. Rafe has these talents because he is a descendant of Atlantis. Little does Rafe know that his next bounty job will lead him back to his roots and uncover some startling secrets as well as deliver him a woman who might just be his other half. Will Rafe be able to hold onto his heart and face down his past?
What I Liked:
- If you are a fan of paranormal romance you will be pleased to discover that this has many of the elements you love in a good paranormal romance. It has the hot, sexy, brooding hero with paranormal powers, a sizzling hot romance and some interesting and unique paranormal concepts.
- I enjoyed that this book featured descendants of the lost continent of Atlantis. Those who have descended from Atlantis, have striking blue eyes and possess special powers. Some are seers who have visions of the future. Others can whisper and manipulate people into doing their will, and then there is Rafe who has the gift of sight and the power of the Hunter. Rafe has incredible strength and power that he can tap into by using his focusing crystal. Once he channels the Hunter, he is an incredible fighting machine, but if he lets the Hunter completely take over he lose control of himself. Needless to say, I enjoyed the original and interesting paranormal ideas presented in this one.
- The romance starts out a bit shaky and hesitant. Cara is miles away from home trying to find her missing stepbrother. She is worried and concerned and still nursing a broken heart. She has no intention of getting involved with someone. Rafe at first meeting, sees Cara's impending death. He does not want to intervene and end up losing his heart to someone who is marked by death. Circumstances end up throwing the two together and what ensues is a heated attraction that moves into something beyond lust and sex. At first, I was a bit worried that this was too much of a case of lust moving into instalove, but I was satisfied with the explanation and I liked seeing how the couple came together.
- I appreciated the strong focus on family. Cara has lost everyone except her step brother, Danny. She knows all to well the importance of familial ties. Rafe has been estranged from his family for five years due to a rash mistake he made in his youth. He ends up going home and once there, with Cara's insight, he begins to realize the mistake he made in abandoning his family. I loved watching him heal his bonds and I liked watching the interaction between Rafe and his siblings. I especially liked seeing him repair the damaged relationship with his older brother. I liked the witty banter and sibling rival between the two.
And The Not So Much:
- I was totally drawn in from the opening chapter and I was expecting a thrilling read, but I was a bit disappointed. I don't know what happened, but I think the reason that this wasn't as good as it could be was because it lacked depth. The book moves at a rapid pace and it doesn't take time to develop story lines and characters. Too many times things are dropped and not revisited. The ending especially is too quick and it leaves too many unresolved issues. I wished that the author had taken the time to slow it down and really explain and develop her ideas further.
- Adrian Gray was an enigmatic character that I was drawn to. He is one who will keep you guessing as to his true intentions. I was surprised to learn more about him, and I was excited to see how things would develop. Then due to the rapid, quick fire pace, his part falters and he just disappears at the end without further discussion. I very much wanted to learn more about his knowledge regarding Atlantis and his skills. I am guessing he will be back in the second book, but I really felt he was not utilized well in this book.
- The villain was not well developed. He didn't elicit much response in me and in fact, his parts are rather small in the book. He really needed more scenes to expose his villainous nature.
- There are some concepts and ideas presented regarding Atlantis, but once again they are not fully explained. I was hopeful that I would learn more once Adrian Gray met Rafe's mother and they agreed to exchange information. Unfortunately, that meeting doesn't happen. I ended up finishing wanting to know a whole lot more about Atlantis and its descendants.
The Prodigal Son was an interesting and entertaining book that involved some exciting paranormal concepts and descendants of Atlantis. Unfortunately for me, the book moved at a rapid pace causing the book to lack depth. It is a good book, but I was hoping for exceptional. Still if you are a fan of paranormal romance and you are wanting something that steers away from vampires, give this a go.
"Life's too short, so laugh while you can."
"He'd had dozens of women in his life, but she left him as rattled as a teenager fumbling with his first bra hooks."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.