The Burning Bush by Kenya Wright
Series: Habitat #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 427 (eReader)
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After Dante Bottelli’s slaughter of Vamp-owned Mixbreeds, Lanore and Zulu execute a well-planned attack that hits Dante where it hurts the most—his pockets. But their attack triggers a chain of unfortunate events, and allows Detective Rivera to blackmail Lanore.
Rivera forces Lanore to investigate his case, the Burning Bush Murders. Someone's been tying girls to bushes and setting them on fire. Lanore must find the killer, or Rivera goes public with his information.
Meanwhile, Dante won't take his defeat without a fight. He counterattacks and the Santeria habitat, as well as Lanore’s and Zulu’s lives, are changed forever.
I truly enjoyed this book. I love how the world has continued to develop. Learning more about the history, class dynamics, and problems drew me into the novel and made me excited to learn more in the books to come. I love how Ms. Wright has expertly crafted a new world with a new set of rules. I'm able to completely disappear the world of the Habitat. Some of my favorite characters returned and there are new interesting ones. There is still a hint of a love triangle. Though many will disagree with me, I prefer Meshack (I know what you are thinking). I know why Lanore isn't with him and he can be kind of gross, but if I have to pick one, I pick him. I can't stand violent, possessive men in the real world or in a book world. It drives me crazy because this is not love! In my world, women in these types of relationships often end up dead...but I digress.
There is much sadness in this installment which surprised me. Oh...and there's a cliffhanger. Pause. Yes. A cliffhanger. Everyone knows how I feel about cliffhangers. It almost diminished my enjoyment quite a bit. I had originally picked a different rating on that alone, but time away and reflection has allowed me to look at the bigger picture. One of the reasons I fell in love with this series is the fact that it stands on good writing and powerful creativity and imagination. If it starts to use some of the gimmicks of typical YA, I think it might start to lose some of its magic. That said, this isn't YA. The romance is hot, hot, HOT! The characters can be described as college age. Though the characters are a little older, it can read like YA sometimes. I really like that. We need more with older young characters.
This review is long for my standards but I still have so much to say! Overall, I loved this book. I didn't want it to end and I'm so excited for the future. I recommend this one to any one who enjoys hot romances, paranormal fun, adventure, and amazing writing. Is that everyone? Okay, I recommend this to everyone.
Have you read this book? Started the series? What do you think? Does this sound like something you would read?
P.S. I love the diverse character. I had to squeeze that in.