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  • Series: World of the Lupi (Book 9)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425254925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425254929
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eileen Wilks was born in the dusty little town of Monahans, Texas to the usual number of parents. She's done a lot of wandering since then, having lived in Canada and Venezuela as well as twelve U.S. cities in five states. She wandered a lot professionally, too, before finding her home in writing. A three-time finalist (update: now a four-time finalist!) in RWA's prestigious RITA contest, she is the recipient of a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on October 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Forced to live at Clanhome due to the many threats on their lives, Lily and Rule are trying to make the best of things. But when someone slips into their territory and steals one of Cullen's magical devices, things go a little haywire. Since the device was a secret, Nokolai has a traitor in their midst and Isen goes over the edge in his determination to find the traitor on his land. Meanwhile Robert Friar and the Old One he serves are still causing devastation in their wake, and this time it may just hit a little too close to home.

In my review of the previous installment I had expressed frustration at the lack of emotion between Lily and Rule. I was hoping to see a turn around in that department this time around, but while there was some progress, their relationship is still missing that compelling spark that drew me to them in the first place. In the earlier books, despite Lily fighting against the mate bond, there still was an all consuming feeling about things between them. I realize that relationships are always more intense in the beginning, but they should still retain at least some of that original frenzy to keep things fresh. Sure, the words were there on paper that they love and need one another, that's really all it felt like, words. I just would greatly prefer to be swept up in between them and their emotions.

Another one of my issues with the last book was that the threat was more in the abstract rather than front and center. I'm happy to say that was not a problem at all in Mortal Ties. Sometimes while writing reviews I have a difficult time figuring out exactly what to say as to avoid spoilers, I can't really get into any specifics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Antonio on October 2, 2012
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I do love this series. Poor Lily can't catch a break. She is living at the Nokolai Clanhome planning her wedding to Rule when one of Cullen's magical experiments gets stolen. Is there a traitor in the pack? Who would've stolen it? Then there is the fact that Lily's sister Beth is living in San Francisco and working for and crushing on Robert Friars half-brother who suddenly goes missing. Rule gets some rather disconcerting news from Isen and why is ex-cop Drummond's ghost still hanging around?

What a romp! Fast paced mystery that keeps you turning pages and staying up late. Welcome to the world of the Lupi a mix of urban fantasy, mystery thriller, and paranormal romance. You can't beat it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
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When a magical object is stolen from the Nicolai Clanhome it looks like the Lupi have a traitor in their midst, and the fallout from the hunt for the traitor and the revelation of the identity of the thief both have some personal repercussions for Rule. And as Rule stuggles with those issues, he and Lily attempt to unravel all of the plots and plans surrounding the object's whereabouts in order to recover it before it falls in the hands of an old enemy.

I absolutely love this series and the start of the book is really really good because it highlights all the reasons for my fan-girl love: there are such wonderful nuances to the Lupi world, and so many of the characters are insightful and intelligent. Mortal Ties has many great moments where those insights and that intelligence is put to use, and Isen's manipulations in the hunt for the conspirators and Lily's part in the search for the missing item - including an interesting 'interview' with one of the players in the actual game which precipitated the theft - are just a few. I also really liked watching Rule sort out his feelings about a change in his role as Leidolf Rho and attempting to deal with his emotions when a long held secret associated with thief's identity opens an old wound.

Always a big plus in a series with a large continuing cast, it was fun to see more of some old favorite characters - though some have just short cameos - I am greedy for as much Cullen, Cynna, Isen, and Madame Lu as I can get. (Sam, Benedict, Arjenie and Ruben are off-screen though, sniff.) And I thought that the new characters introduced in the story - Jasper, Tony and Alycithin all added some wonderful elements to the story too. But above all, I love Rule and Lily together - I don't think that I will ever get enough of them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Bowen on October 4, 2012
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I've read all the books in the Lupi World and enjoy the series enough to pre-order this book. I realize the longer a series goes on, the more background data is needed to keep up. With that in mind, I still think the opening chapters in Mortal Ties and all the background information, up to this point, was a bit much. To appreciate the book you've had to have read the earlier books. And those that read the earlier books know all the ins and out of the Lupi clans, the fact that Lilly works for the FBI, her grandmother, Sam, and all the characters that continue on in each book. To open Mortal Ties and just repeat what we already know was tedious in my book.

So we have another case to solve. We have new characters come into play. We have some old ones show up and a bit more fleshed out. Beth, Lilly's sister was one. I almost felt her love interest should have been played up more, because *** SPOILER*** Sean does get rescued yet we don't hear how that impacts Beth. Beth meets more hunky Lupi yet whatever was going on in an earlier book with one showing interest in her, she is still single and looking. Yes, Beth was fleshed out more but not enough 'meat' for me.

Cullen -- I am so glad he wasn't kidnapped, beaten up, shot, and inprisioned. He only got burned and that was self inflicted. Yes, he was an intented kidnap target but that never materialized. That was good. Cullen has had it rough in every single book and it's nice to see a break in that routine. His wife isn't even in danger.

So Rule finds a brother he didn't know about and this book goes into his emotions. He had to resolve issues with his mother. Add in a brother that is gay and a thief, one who sold out Rule's best friend and his clan.
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