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Review – Who Knows the Storm by Tere Michaels

Review: Who Knows the Storm by Tere Michaels

Publisher: Dreamspinner
Where did you get this book: E-Arc from Publisher
Release Date: Out Now

Vigilante #1

23254162“In a dystopian near future, New York City has become the epicenter of decadence—gambling, the flesh trade, a playground for the wealthy. And underneath? Crime, fueled by “Dead Bolt,” a destructive designer drug. This New City is where Nox Boyet leads a double life. At night, he is the Vigilante, struggling to keep the streets safe for citizens abandoned by the corrupt government and police. During the day, he works in construction and does his best to raise his adopted teenaged son, Sam.

A mysterious letter addressed to Sam brings Nox in direct contact with “model” Cade Creel, a high-end prostitute working at the Iron Butterfly Casino. Suspicion gives way to an intense attraction as dark figures from Nox’s past and the mysterious peddlers of Dead Bolt begin to descend—and put all their lives in danger. When things spin out of control, Cade is the only person Nox can trust to help him save Sam.”

This book grabbed me right from the start. Explanations for the storms that hit and destroy NYC weren’t there but I didn’t feel they were needed. The destruction happened and people had to deal with it and survive in anyway that they could. Nox’s story is told both in the present and as flashbacks to Evacuation Day.

I think Cade is right and Nox is a superhero. What he went through to protect Sam was hardcore but I couldn’t help but feel that he over-protected Sam in certain ways and while I understand some of the secrets he kept I didn’t always agree with his reasons for doing so. I think that if he’d been more straight-forward with Sam it could have avoided some of the problems that happened later but he did what he felt was best and what worked for him at the time.

I loved that I really didn’t know what was going to happen in this story, I was just along for the ride. I enjoyed the MC’s very much. Cade with his curious, sexual nature and Nox with his intense and solitary one. They mixed well and the sex scenes were highly charged. The chemistry between the men was off the charts hot.

The story ends but it’s an obvious lead-in to the next book. There are a lot of unanswered questions left but I never felt that this was a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next but I felt satisfied with how this ended. This had a real dystopian feel to it and I’m looking
forward to seeing where the story goes next in this strange new world.

I’m giving Who Knows the Storm a B+

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