I really, really liked this book, as always with the Demon Underground books.
There were some changes in this book. It wasn't as funny as it used to be with Fang and Val. Maybe because Fang's getting too serious, what with his responsabilities with Princess and the puppies, and Val's lack of strenght and her problem with Lola messing up her life big time. Shade's acting like an idiot didn't help either. He was too damn annoying for his own good. I really wanted to kick his sorry ass in this book! As much as in Make Me. I'm starting to realize he's a selfish, childish, insecure and annoying jerk. He seemed so cute and sweet and hot at first, that even though I still thought he was a tiny bit childish at times, I could see he really liked Val and I kind of liked him. Especially after how Dan hurt her. But since their adventure in Austin (the city) in Make Me, Shade's been acting really stupid and all he's done is hurting Val and blaming her for his mistakes and has put her in danger because he's too stupid to admit she's right and he sometimes needs to be rescued.
I am starting to really, really like Austin, instead. I admit that I might have fallen in love with him already. He's near perfect. He's protective but not oppressive, he's sweet in his own way and he's incredibly sexy. He shows his feelings and his need to protect Val without being an annoying Macho Man. I have to say that I suspected since the beginning that he liked Val. Even though she had the impression he wanted to make a fool of her, I knew that his secrets smiles and jokes were because he liked her secretely. And damn, how sexy he is! I love cowboys! One other thing I liked about Austin was his will to finally let Val see how much he cares about her and how much he's into her. He also showed her she deserves better than a selfish child as a boyfriend. She seems more mature than Shade is, even though she's younger.
I also liked a lot the scene of Austin and Val on the bed after she healed Shade. How cute and hot! And I also liked the ending. The final scene with Val and Austin. He was so sweet giving her roses and staging a zombie party for her on Valentine's day.
The only thing I resent is that we don't even know what color his eyes and hair are. Or did I miss it??? I've been re-reading all the books these days and I haven't found anything about his features but his cowboy hat and his lean, muscled, yummy body. I'm assuming he's got brown hair and eyes though. I'm imagining him that way. Then maybe I'm wrong and he's blond and green-eyed, who knows? (But I hope not) So, I'm asking the author for details on Austin, please! We don't know much about him!
The story was good and I couldn't put the book down, not even a minute! The mystery, the fights, the romance, the drama.... all good! I wanted more and more and couldn't stop reading!
Highly recommended! And I assure you, you'll fall in love with Austin too! If you haven't yet!
Well done, Parker Blue! Now I want Catch Me as soon as possible! I NEED it!