Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Reviewed by: Amber R
Once I read Bitter Spirits I knew that whatever was next in this series would be amazing. I wasn't disappointed. Grim Shadows brings us all the style of the 20's encompassed by a group of amazing characters and a story that just sucks you in.
Hadley Bacall and Lowe Magnusson become fast friends at a train station one afternoon. Being chased down and shot at will cause people to bond quickly. Well that's not actually true, they didn't become fast friends. But once Hadley figures out what Lowe is doing, she doesn't let him have all the fun. Lowe is working for her father hunting down ancient Egyptian artifacts. And everyone has their own ulterior motives, Lowe and Dr. Bacall do for sure. Hadley is just along for the ride. It's a crazy one, filled with men who don't age, mythical beasts, magic, and riddles from beyond the grave.
Lowe is a smooth talking, good looking, and too much of both for his own good. He's a treasure hunter who is always looking for the highest bidder. And not always just one bidder either. A lot of times his deals turn into cons. This time around is no different. With debt to pay off and pride blocking him from asking family for help, he's trying to run a game on a few different people. Hadley is focused on her career and taking over for her father when he officially retires. Working with Lowe is necessary for her because she doesn't trust anyone but herself with the artifacts. Living with demons of her own, Hadley has always lived a somewhat lonely life.
There is a strong attraction that comes up between Hadley and Lowe. I have a quote from the book that summarizes things nicely in my opinion.
It almost felt like a challenge. At least , that's how his ever-optimistic brain interpreted it, as if she were saying: "You want this? Good luck. You're going to have to work for it."To say the relationship between them was hot is putting it mildly. And in own fell swoop, everything changed and it was all gone. I was obviously heartbroken. Hadley and Lowe were perfect.
If you haven't picked up Bitter Spirits, please do. And if you have you aren't going to want to miss Grim Shadows. Jenn Bennett is an author to watch out for, she's going to be here for a long time.