Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book of Secrets


Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Silver Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781614958215
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Alex is determined to fulfill his promise to return the items he stole to their original owners. With Griff and Christopher helping, Alex’s plan at the Ashmolean Museum has a good chance of succeeding but it’s nerve-wracking without his Oracle powers. Then he runs into a snag. He’s approached by another thief, and former rival, who subtly threatens his lover, Luke. The situation at the museum deteriorates and he’s nearly caught. Things get worse when Luke’s kidnapped and Alex is forced to steal a priceless Da Vinci manuscript from Windsor Castle. There’s alchemy, a cypher and the possibility of uncovering the secret to eternal life at risk and if Alex and Luke don’t cooperate with the kidnappers, they could end up dead.

Book of Secrets is the second release in RJ Scott’s Oracle series and because of the continuing story line and returning characters, the books should be read in order.

It’s wonderful seeing Alex and Luke again. They’re a great couple and the Oracle aspect of Alex’s history and its mystical part of the story makes for a great storyline. This new plan of Alex’s is vastly different than what he did with his life before and the twist of him losing his powers is unexpected.  But pulling Luke into the danger by having him kidnapped is even more surprising. Good going, Ms. Scott. I really enjoyed Griff and Christopher returning and while they didn’t play a huge role, it gave a feeling of family to the story.

Then there’s the theft at Windsor Castle. It’s pretty obvious Ms. Scott did a great deal of research about its history and layout and the same goes for DaVinci’s works. It’s all nicely integrated into the plot and adds a nice sense of realism. With this manuscript theft comes new characters, some ultimately good and others bad. As you might guess, Alex’s powers don’t stay gone forever but come back gradually and without explanation. It’s handled well but there are still questions about his powers that have been left unanswered. I can only hope that at some point in the future Ms. Scott will work those into a plot.

So, if you enjoy an action packed, danger filled story with a smooth plot and a great paranormal component then I suggest that you give this new release a try.

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