BLACK AND BLUE
It’s time for book two in always awesome Showalter’s action- packed Otherworld Assassin series, which features a trio of otherworlders with unique skills. As with the first book, the narrative kicks off after an ambush takes down Blue, Solo, John and their leader Michael Black. The protagonist this go around is Corbin Blue, who meets his match — on multiple levels — in Evangaline Black. Showalter has created something really special with this pair as mutual antagonism must be overcome for the good of their friends. This one is a must buy.
As a result of a vicious attack, Blue was literally torched, leaving him horrifically burned. Blue’s Arcadian race means he will heal provided he gets somewhere safe. With all his friends missing, Blue turns to the woman who despises him — his boss Michael’s daughter, Evie. Tragedy made Evie leave her father’s covert organization to become a surgeon, so Evie knows what to do when Blue turns up. Blue and Evie suspect that Gregory Star is responsible for the attack, but finding their friends and Michael takes precedence over revenge. If they can work together, Blue and Evie could be a force to be reckoned with. (POCKET, Oct., 400 pp., $7.99)