I am a big fan of the husband/wife duo that is Ilona Andrews. I started with the Kate Daniel series, which quickly spiraled into becoming one of my urban fantasy favorites. When I started on The Edge series I was very skeptical because it seemed to be a mish mash of genres. However, I have to admit I really liked the first and second book but the most recent one is my favorite. So glad that they chose Kaldar Mar to write about! He was my favorite character in the second book so it was nice to see him get his own time in the spotlight.
Now…on to the review. The overview of the book, taken from the Barnes and Noble site is as follows:
Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge, and she's determined to stay on the straight and narrow. But when her brother gets into hot water, the former thief takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack of all trades...
Kaldar Mar-a gambler, lawyer, thief, and spy-expects his latest assignment tracking down a stolen item to be a piece of cake, until Audrey shows up. But when the item falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job, he's going to need Audrey's help...
I loved the dynamic between Kaldar and Audrey. Their first meeting was absolutely priceless and shows him that she’s no pushover. I also like that she’s a little bit vulnerable. It shows her to be a balanced character; one who is not truly capable of cruelty but will do almost anything to protect the people she loves. Audrey reminded me of those two lovely ladies in the movie Heartbreakers, specifically Jennifer Love Hewitt (Page) swindling unsuspecting men right out of their hard earned money…but in a necessary way, of course.
It was nice to get to know Kaldar a little bit better too. We saw him in Bayou Moon as a thorn in the side of William. An amusing thorn, but a thorn nonetheless. Now he gets his own time so we can figure him out a little bit better. He’s portrayed brilliantly and true to the character previously written about in Bayou Moon, except with so much more substance. He was très sexy and probably could have gotten me out of my clothes much faster than he did Audrey’s.
Initially I was surprised that George and Jack received so much face time in this book. I wasn’t sure where that was going and it had me perplexed for a little bit but those two boys kept everything in the book running very smoothly. Both were crucial to the plot and it was nice to see how badass they really are! Even though everything ran parallel, George and Jack had a bit of their own story when they separated from Audrey and Kaldar. I ran between forgetting how old they were and then cringing when I realized how young and how deeply they were involved in the story. It seems like they are being nicely set up for future Edge series books. I am totally okay with that.
I highly recommend this book but I do recommend reading this series in order so you can get to know (and to love) the characters in this series as much as I did!
1st Book – On the Edge
2nd Book – Bayou Moon
3rd Book – Fate’s Edge
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Here's the accompanying dessert I made and sampled...a lot.
*The Coconut Cream Cake recipe comes from Emeril Lagasse. Click Here for this amazing recipe. Hands down the best coconut cake I've ever tried.