Series: Crossbeed #2
Also in this series: Keystone
Published by Tantor Audio Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 10 hours 40 minutes
on May 7, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Personally Purchased via Audible.com
Two weeks after joining Keystone, Raven Black is ready to take on the world as a criminal hunter for hire. If only her partner wasn't a bloodsucking Vampire with a penchant for getting under her skin. Despite her lavish surroundings, Raven misses the freedom of life without rules. And Keystone's next assignment is about to test her self-control in more ways than one. Dead bodies are popping up in the human district, and all signs point to a Breed serial killer. In order to catch him, Raven and Christian embark on a mission that takes their partnership into uncharted waters. Lives are at stake. Can Raven trust her instincts, or will she fall into a web spun from lies and deceit?
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Ravenheart is the second book in Dannika Dark’s Crossbreed series. This is the second book I have picked up in the series and by Dark and I cannot get enough of these audiobooks.
With a strong Urban Fantasy feel laced with some sexual tension, Ravenheart is an entertaining read (or in my case listen). This second installment in Dark’s Crossbreed series flow seamlessly from the first book and my enjoyment never lagged. Raven Black is a very clearly defined lead character. Black’s snark, confidence and concern for her moral compass makes her story compelling. Black is still doing a lot of self discovery and continues to learn more about herself and abilities as a half mage – half vampire. Becoming more self aware and accepting of that part of her she has mostly ignored, character growth is where it is at! The author provided a few glimpses of Black’s vulnerabilities and things she never really experienced in her life. Peaking into this aspect of Black really intrigued me.
The group which makes up Keystone adds a lot of diversity and contrast throughout the story, creating an addictive world. Tension between Christian Poe and Raven Black provides something that is a little unexpected with its subtle, yet clear romantic edge. The mystery conflict in each book take precedent overall, but the secondary push and pull of Poe and Black is a great addition to the world. Their similarities did not go unnoticed nor are they subtle and honestly it is a nice contrast to so many of the traditional “opposites attract” kind of relationships.
Narration: Nicole Poole provides an excellent performance in Ravenheart. The voices and accents were consistent from the first book. I think one of the hardest things to pull off is a strong female character with snark. So many times they end up sounding whiny or too snide during narration. Poole nails the snark without making it feel forced. Bottom line..she nails it.