Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Prodigal Son (Truth Seers #1) by Debra Mullins

Series: Truth Seers #1
368p.
Publisher: Tor Books
Available Now
Source: From the publisher for review
Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan. 
Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.

Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.
My thoughts:
This is an interesting PNR world in which you have people descended from Atlantis with powers. The blurb at the end of the book explains where she got the idea. There is a region in Basque area of Spain where the native tongue is different than any other. The legend goes that they are descended from Atlantis. I thought that tidbit was so interesting it actually put a different spin on things for me when reading the book. Almost so I would have put it at the beginning of the book. :)

I did enjoy this PNR for the most part, but I have to say that when Rafe and Cara, our couple, had problems I just didn't buy their arguments. They seemed petty and out of the blue in some cases. One would get mad at the stupidest of things or if it wasn't stupid, their heated reaction just seemed out of place. Perhaps it was just me, but it didn't feel like it was a part of their personalities but put in to create tension. Other than those episodes, the PNR read as it should when wanting a heated romance with an HEA.

I give this book 3 stars. I ended up having lots of questions about this world, but not so much it bothered me. I think that is because I felt those answers would come as the series progresses. I also feel that this is a series that could get stronger as it goes along. I am looking forward to the next book and I'm hoping it will have Rafe's sister Tess and Mr. Grey. I would expect lots of snark within that coupling. :)

24 comments:

  1. I always find myself disappointed with both PNR and a lack of world-building if I'm still stuck with questions by the end, so I don't think this is for me. Unless the series gets better, I might just skip this but I'm glad you found aspects to enjoy despite the flaws, Melissa! Thanks for such a comprehensive review. :)

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    1. Sometimes it takes a bit to build the world in some series. I would be willing to see if that is the case here. :)

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  2. I can see some petty arguments -- those definitely happen between couples -- but not when that's all there is. Doesn't sound like it's quite the level of PNRomance that I like but that it might have some potential with some other couples.

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    1. I'm thinking it might have more potential as it goes along.

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  3. Hmm..this sounds interesting. It kind of reminds me of the early Dark Hunter books by Kenyon. I'll have to think about this one. I hope the second book fixes the flaws this one had.

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    1. I still need to read that series. I think I've only read one book in it. I'm also hopeful the rest of the series rocks. :)

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  4. I think I would get stuck wondering

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  5. I like the idea of descendents of Atlantis Melissa, but the forced arguments for the sake of tension would be frustrating for sure. Especially since they seem so out of character for both of them. Looking forward to your thoughts on the next book though, I've had some favorite series start out a little rocky and then get better with each book, so I hope that's the case with this one!

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    1. I have had the same happen to me and it was enjoyable enough to read as well. :)

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  6. I like the whole Atlantis part of the book. Mythology has always intrigued me. Lovely review.

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  7. The Atlantis part of the book sounds really cool, but I hate when couples seem to fight for no reason, or overact to things as a way of keeping them apart a little longer. It's so much better for real plot things to happen. Still this sounds like a good start to what might be an interesting series. Great honest review!

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    1. Yea, I'm not one for drama. *hand on head and swoons* ;)

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  8. I agree there was just something about this book that missed. It starts out fantastic and then just fizzles. I was disappointed.

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    1. I'm still hopeful that the rest of the series will rock.

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  9. Bummer that you didn't buy their interactions. I actually have this book, but I am not in a rush to read it.

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  10. I am amazed at the number of PNR series there are. And how you find them! I kind of like the sound of this one. I've always liked the Atlantis idea, but I'm with you I would have made that end blurb come at the beginning. Definitely would have made me think more.

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  11. shame considering this is suppose to have descended of Atlantis.Something I always find fascinating. Sounds like it kind of ended up falling short.

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  12. Oh that's an interesting concept for them being descendants of Atlantis. It's an interesting fact about that language in Basque being so different. I might want to research that more!

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  13. I hope you'll have your answers in the other books. It's a new one for me but I don't know if I'll try it...

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  14. I'm not really a fan of PNR, but the worldbuilding here seems to be pretty unusual and interesting. That said, the petty push-pull between the two main characters would probably drive me insane.
    Great review, Mel, and thanks for being so awesome while I was sick and unable to blog or comment.

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  15. Isn't she an historical romance author? I had high hopes after that blurb, but now, no.

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