The GivenThe Given by Vicki Pettersson

eARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw, no matter the cost. Yet his obsession comes at a price.

Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, the woman who made life worth living again, and dedicate himself to finding one he no longer knows.

Yet when Grif is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realm who’d rather see him dead than unearth the well-buried secrets of his past.

If he’s to survive his second go-round on the Surface, Grif will have to convince Kit to reunite with him professionally, and help uncover decades of police corruption, risking both their lives… and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

While I’ve read several of Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac books, I haven’t read her Celestial Blues series and didn’t realize that this was book #3 of a trilogy. Luckily, the storyline was easy to pick up and Pettersson does a great job of providing just enough background that I never felt lost or confused.

Grif is part angel/part human. Determined to find out who was behind his murder fifty years ago and what became of his wife, he’s been allowed to return to Earth in the hopes that he’ll then be able to move on.

He never planned on falling in love, nor did he plan on losing his new love because of his obsession with the past. I’m sure that previous books would fill in the gaps, but I had enough details to feel his pain.

Grif and his ex-love Kit are both fascinating characters. The two of them make an interesting couple, as Grif actually lived during Kit’s favorite time period. She may be Rockabilly in spirit, but Grif is the real deal.

After being manipulated by Grif’s angel boss into breaking up with him (this happened in a previous book?), Kit is still devastatingly heartbroken six months later. Meanwhile, Grif’s heavenly bosses are losing patience with him and give him a deadline to solve his murder. Grif may also have bent the rules one time too many.

Working against the deadline, Grif also wants to keep Kit safe. Thrust back together in order to solve his murder before time runs out, they manage to open up a huge can of worms and find themselves in big trouble.

Really loved the plot of this one! Full of interesting characters with a quick pace and great plot, there were a few twists I never saw coming.

I now want to go back and read the first two books! And what a great ending! I’m sorry I didn’t discover this series sooner, as Pettersson has come up with another winner!

About the Author:

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Signs of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she’ll always consider that glittering dustbowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she’s learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you’d think). THE GIVEN is the third novel in her supernatural noir trilogy, Celestial Blues.

The Giveaway:

The publisher is giving away three copies of THE TAKEN, the start to the Celestial Blues trilogy. US shipping addresses only. (CLOSED)


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