The Symbiotic Law (Blood & Bone Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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My favorite parts of the series were definitely when Ethan and Pat were together, and this was far less than I liked (ie) in book two. I could have also used less angst. I wanted these guys to put on their big boy pants in some parts and Just Get Over It. If the story had spent more time on the MCs' relationship with each other, and less on angst (over All.Three.Books), it would have worked so much better for me. They really weren't on solid ground until the end of book three. While each of the book's 'mysteries,' or cases, were interesting (book one's was the best and in descending order from there), ultimately, they weren't strong enough to offset the holes, weaknesses, and frustrations of the MCs' relationship, which I cared about the most. For me, the relationship should supersede the other action, rather than the other way around. The relationship is what draws me in, keeps my interest, gets me emotionally vested. If the surrounding mystery/story is good, that's icing on the cake. I don't have low standards, but this works for me, maybe not for others. For me, this series fell short of delivering the relationship in a satisfying way-- and I did stick with it to the end hoping for more. The very end was very sweet but was a case of too little, too late.
*sigh* I think Lia Cooper is a creditable writer, and with better focus, this series could have been a gem. The secondary characters were interesting, and I enjoyed the interactions with Pat's family in book three. I wish there'd been more of that kind of stuff and less wishy washiness.
There were some editing/spelling issues. Enough to make me notice, but not enough to tip the balance of enjoyment for this reason alone.
Book one 3.5-4.0 stars
Book two 2.5-3.0 stars
Book three 3.5 stars
I just realized it's hard to complain without giving away major plot points but I'm going to try.
1. In the final chapters, the plot takes a twist that's completely out of left field and cranks up the ick factor to eleven and guarantees I'll never
reread the earlier books.
2. There are 2 villains but the second villain's actions and reasons don't make any sense if you know anything about ocean currents. Even if you
don't, think of all the stories you read where someone throws a message in a bottle into the Gulf of Mexico and it washes up in Scotland a
year later. Water moves----a lot.
3. The villain makes the compulsory Bwah ha ha speech and suddenly it's oops, never mind the villain is dead. Let's go home. Think Indiana
Jones and the Scimitar wielding assailant only not as much fun.
4. How did the bad guys always know what Pat and Ethan were up to and how to find them? For a while, I thought Ethan had been micro-chipped
The Symbiotic Law starts out at top speed, this time the two main characters are the chased instead of the chasers and it took me a while to fully appreciate it since it's very different from the first two books. If you like complicated characters and original mysteries without a total sex overload you'll enjoy this.
I liked it a lot but could have loved it.. For me, it would have been better with a little less travel and chase time and more family and relationship time. Instead, that part was a little rushed. It would have been great to see more of Ethan integrating into the werewolf family and also what happened with his family after the mystery was solved.
I'm looking forward to more from this author.
All in all, I liked the book, because I liked the main characters. I would have loved to know a bit more on their day-a-day after the last chapter. I would love to have seen Ethan interact with Patrick’s crazy clan. And despite its many faults and inconsistencies, the story is enjoyable, and quite entertaining.