Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Rites (Paranormal Detectives Series #5) by Lily Luchesi

34888885This review was written by: C and B
Received: Ebook from Author for Review
Date of Publication: June 2017
Pages: 213
Stars: 5/5

Official Summary:
Power is the deadliest desire.

With Leander put to rest and the Paranormal Investigative Division taken care of by the Coven Mistress, Danny and Angelica are finally ready to take some time for themselves while Angelica gets used to her new role as the Empress and they make their relationship official.

When people close to Angelica are murdered by what seems to be a rogue vampire, their sabbatical is cut short in order for her to find the perp and execute him or her.

But this is no ordinary vampire.  When the truth is revealed and secrets come to light, it will prove to be Danny's biggest test of faith yet, and Angelica's reckoning of her past, present, and future.  Most of all it will raise a single question: Just what makes a monster?

Our Thoughts:
After Right to Silence, we honestly didn't think anything could compare to the magnificence that is the fourth book in the Paranormal Detectives series.  Mark and Brighton were precious beyond belief (not to mention that now they're one of B.'s favorite OTPs),


and topping the emotions that that book elicited was unfathomable.  Of course, we feel foolish now because we're talking about Lily Luchesi here, an author that extensively grows with each and every new story she writes.  New leaps and bounds are crossed installment after installment.

We have finally been introduced to the fifth novel in the Paranormal Detectives series, and the story is still going strong! We often notice that it is difficult for some authors to keep their stories fresh and new, especially when they go beyond the standard duology or trilogy. It almost seems as if aspects simply get repeated and there is nothing unexpected or fresh occurring. The pages are filler for some "grand" finale and the story quickly becomes doldrum and boring.

However, this is definitely not the case for Last Rites, which is a fantastic addition to this series! There are so many exciting introductions, and there just seems to be something spectacular and new at every turn.

We were also super excited that Danny and Angelica finally tied the knot! Their love story is beautiful, bold, and tragic. Taking into consideration their backstory as well, their eternal vow just made everything come full circle. 

What's so special about Angelica and Danny's love story is the humanity that's embedded in its core.  Nothing is normal about their circumstances, which they both can appreciate and accept, but at the same time, they both have to overcome their own demons privately and as a couple to survive and keep their relationship thriving. This is what makes their story epic.  This is what makes the series memorable.  We love the magic, action, grit, and ultimate badassery, but we also cherish the honesty and the amount of work the two put into their relationship.  It's their vulnerabilities and drive to support each other unconditionally and it's their ability to falter but rise again that makes us so proud of Lily's work.

Love and respect don't even begin to describe what we feel towards these books.  Each one brings a new web of mystery and intrigue, a collage of romance and struggle, and fresh characters with fleshed out backstories and personalities of their own.  You inevitably become attached to every single one of them against your will, meaning throughout the entire book you are hesitantly flipping from page to page, while never knowing who might be subject to die next!  Last Rites was no exception.  And the ending!  You have to read that ending!

Seriously, we've said it once, and we'll say it a million times over: You have to pick up this series!  

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