If you know me at all you know that the original Infected series is one of my all time favorite UF series and Holden was one of my favorite characters in that. I went into this with both excitement and trepidation. I so wanted it to be good but was worried it couldn't live up to the same level as Roan's story. I'm happy to say that I think we're off to a good start with this. I really liked it a lot.
For some reason I thought this would be lighter, less emotional, than Roan's story but in retrospect I'm not sure why I thought that. First off Holden is a very complicated character and secondly the author did nothing in the last series to lead me to believe she would be gentle with our hearts. I should have know right?
This story starts not too far down the road from the end of the last Infected book. Holden is trying to work some cases and is still handing out his own brand of justice to those who victimize the rent boys/girls in the area. He takes on a big case but realizes as he goes along he really doesn't know what he's doing. He helped Roan more with the muscle part of their cases and he's feeling a bit overwhelmed and lost. The case itself was interesting and I enjoyed seeing how it played out and the work Holden did to solve it.
Holden is really different than Roan in a lot of ways. One of the core being that despite all his prior abuse and hurt, deep down Roan really cared for people and did what he did out of a desire to help. Holden on the other hand does what he does out of anger. It makes the dynamic of what happens and how he lives his life very different. Holden is not one for a lot of introspection and it prior books he appeared to have convinced himself he's totally happy with how he lives his life. Events in this book shake that up and there were a couple of scenes that were a bit emotional and painful to read. I have no idea where the author is taking us with Holden but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a long, emotional ride.
Many of the crew from Roan's books are there. Scott and some of the other hockey guys make appearances as does Kevin. We even get a few glimpses of Roan via telephone conversations. There is also a new addition to the cast who is someone from Holden's past.
So.......go into this knowing it's not the same. It's kind of the same. It's the same world and a lot of the same people but in this the vibe is different. I found it interesting that one of the things Holden and the other characters are dealing with throughout the story is their feeling adrift without Roan. It was a feeling that even I as a reader felt. I miss Roan too. (& major kudos to the author for making me feel that). But, this story is about Holden and his dynamics. If you did not like him in the prior series then this series is probably not for you. If you did, well, I think you're going to like this a lot and hopefully you'll join me on this ride cuz I'm pretty sure I'm going to need to vent along the way.
From the Infected Universe
With his friend lion shifter Roan McKichan no longer in the picture, former sex worker Holden Krause is now working as a detective investigating cases in Seattle. When he receives a request to investigate a rather unusual case for Big Mike, a local drug dealer, he ignores the potential hazards in working for such a client and takes it on.
But Holden hasn’t given up his vigilante ways, occasionally seeking violent retribution for those ignored by the justice system. There’s a man stalking the streets, assaulting anyone he perceives to be trans or gender nonconforming in any way. When the brutality escalates, the case becomes personal for Holden.
If he cannot juggle being both a detective and a vigilante, his taste for blood and danger might finally catch up with him.