Monday, January 23, 2017

Right to Silence (Paranormal Detectives #4) by Lily Luchesi

32987656This review was written by: B and C
Received: Ebook from Author
Publication Date: January 2017
Pages: 256
Stars: 5/5

Official Synopsis:

The truth can be deadly.

In the first of this two-part novel, we learn the history of hunters Brighton Sands and Mark Evans in their two lifetimes, culminating in their final battle with the insane vampire they have been hunting for centuries.

In the second part, with Angelica Cross still on the run, multiple vampiric murders lead to the kidnapping of a famous vamp.  Detective Danny Mancini must drag a mortal into the bowels of Hell in order to rescue her.

But why does Leander Price want her so badly, and what does she have to do with an ancient vampire prophecy?

Our Thoughts:
It's so hard to believe that we started reading the Paranormal Detective series during the summer of 2015!  Taking a step back in order to put everything into perspective, it's truly astonishing how far Angelica's story has come, and it's even more painful knowing that it will soon end.  Right to Silence is a killer installment, though, that packs the biggest punch yet, and to be perfectly honest, we're emotionally reeling right now.  We can't even quite say when or rather if we'll get out heads back on straight!  Luchesi made this book grittier and more heart-wrenching than any of her previous works, and we can't promise readers will ever truly recover!

The first half of Right to Silence featured two rather new characters we had the pleasure of encountering for the first time in Life Sentence, both whom C and I immediately took a liking to: Brighton and Mark.  There are no words to describe how ecstatic we were to see these two take center stage!  There's something about them that makes them so darn lovable.  Seeing their relationship unfold despite the fact that they didn't come into the series until later was a truly welcoming surprise as they  inexplicably found a way to permanently worm their way into our hearts as if it was easy.  How they met and fell in love in the nineteenth century only to be ripped apart and brought back together again in the twenty-first century squeezes our hearts with all the feels.  (Forbidden romance and second chances certainly have their appeal!)  Every kiss, every embrace, every laugh the two shared brought a smile to our lips and a warmth to the story.  WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!!!!!  The way Mark completely accepts Brighton in all of his bluntness . . . the way Brighton buys Mark books even though Brighton doesn't approve of them . . .  the way Mark inexplicably calms Brighton down and centers him . . .  the way Brighton won't let anything happen that will hurt Mark again . . . It's just too many feels to take for one person!  The two are perfect in every way possible, especially when they're together.  I mean they're so . . . they're just . . . they're . . . UGH!  We don't have the words! They're possibly one of our favorite couples of all time now, okay?!  And NO, there is no such thing as feeling too many feels!

Mark and Brighton's story affected us more deeply than we can possibly express, which for a reader:

Who knew Luchesi would do this to us?  Her use of including diverse couples (whether it be through gender or species) is phenomenal!  She's not afraid to shy away from M/M relationships and add diversity to her stories.  (Plus there are a few more surprises in this department, but no spoilers!)  Can we get some applause over here? We adore her! And that ending to Part One!  Wh-?!  

The feels and dare we say . . . sadness . . . are also inexpressible.  I, B, have a confession to make.  Not many books can make me tear up, with the exception of Pushing the Limits, but Mark and Brighton's story did.  On.  Multiple.  Occasions.  I don't like to cry!  (But if anybody asks, it was allergies.)  Those feels and emotions associated with that ending nearly toppled me, and I didn't know if I would ever get up again.  I think a piece of my heart died at that point.  Seriously.

Part Two was difficult, too, as stability had not yet been reached.  But we made it here for you all today.  Danny is trying to live life post Angelica's leaving, and moving on after the love of your life left you for your safety is as difficult as you would imagine, that is to say: not easy.  Poor guy.  With Angelica, she's darker and more intriguing than ever.  The ending of book three left you hanging with an ominous, yet to be explored prophecy lurking in the back of our minds most likely regarding her, and book four is here to explore this further.  All of our main characters are stripped raw and vulnerable at one point or another, and we get to see who they truly are or who they might turn out to be.

Setting the story in two parts was unique and highly enjoyable.  You get to further examine both the past and the present, blending together a riveting plot line that leaves you immersed and highly captivated from page one.  New characters enter the scene and gaps are filled in that were purposely left open from the previous novels.  There are the twists and the turns and then more of the twists and the turns.  Plus, there were some exciting references!  Lily Luchesi included more Supernatural ones, plus Sherlock and Cirque du Freak ones, too!!!!  Fandoms will surely be happy.

We can't be more proud of how far this series has come and where it will take us.  Lily Luchesi continues to perfect her writing and storytelling process into sheer perfection, moving readers more and more with each new installment.  Right to Silence is our favorite Paranormal Detective book yet, and if this book was any indication of how Luchesi can connect readers to her characters, we can't even imagine how she will affect us in the future!  (We'll probably be obliterated with feels by the end!)

Don't waste anymore time if you haven't started these books yet!  You'll certainly regret it.  Just grab the books, sit back, and enjoy the marvelous ride!  (Mr. Tiny looks like he is!)