Review: Murder (Whispers from the Bayou, #5). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Murder by Sandra R. Neeley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder is the last of the gargoyles in Whispers to find his mate. Or so he thinks… 

. . . . .

A fateful mission into Hell to rescue his best friend’s stolen mate leads Murder to a female he can’t look away from. As he hangs helpless from the chains holding him secure in the Dark One’s torture cell, a quiet female with midnight-blue eyes tends his wounds and nurses him the best she can despite his snarls and warnings to leave him alone. He doesn’t understand why he’s soothed by her presence. Before he can figure it out, he’s rescued and whisked back to the place he calls home. But he finds he has only one desire… and he’s got to go back to Hell to retrieve it.

. . . . .

Lucitari is an ancient. All her life she’s believed a mate is nothing more than a liability — someone to be used against you. It’s a weakness she cannot afford Which is why eons ago, she selflessly gave away the part of herself that calls to a mate. It was an impulsive, yet sensible decision — until now. Now she’s found her mate, but he’s claimed another. Her heart is breaking, yet even so, she wishes him well. She’s doing her best to put on a brave face, though it’s hard to do when he makes her so angry she struggles to control her temper. But she’s determined to be happy for him. A little. Maybe. 

. . . . .

The fates are never clear with their intent for the future. And life can be downright confusing. Like why a soothing pair of beautiful, mid-night blue eyes suddenly turn brown. Why the pull you feel for a mate is no longer a pull at all, and why an ancient who’s lived on the outskirts of your life for years suddenly seems to be all you can think about. For Murder it’s become a race against time to put all the pieces together before his real mate falls through his grasp forever. She’s hidden herself away from the pain he’s caused. If he can’t locate her in time, she’ll be lost, not only to him, but to all — forever. 


Love on the Bayou!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💛🖤💜💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌏
Character development: 🤒😌🙃😍😘

The heroine: Lucitari – she is an ancient and sister to Lore. Long ago she gave up a part of herself to a girl who was sentenced to a lifetime in Hell for something she didn’t deserve. She gave up that part of herself freely in order to protect the human girl knowing that the girl didn’t stand a chance in Hell without it.

The Hero: Murder – after being left behind by Lore and Destroy when they were on their mission to break Evangeline out of Hell, Murder was kept in chains and tortured. When his friends returned for him, he was beaten unconscious and since then he has had one goal and that was to get Phrygia, the woman who helped him out of Hell.

The Story: Murder felt drawn to Phrygia and thinks she is his mate so is determined to save her so they can be together. Though once she is safely ensconced in the Whispers community, deep in the Louisiana bayou, Murder still feels something is missing.

I like how these stories are multi-layered and nothing is as it seems at first. This entire series has been so good, I had only planned on reading the first book last weekend, but have yet to stop reading the series. I just love all the characters and how the residents of whispers are just one big family. I have loved every character I have read about so far and how each is charming in a different way.

The world building in this series has just been terrific, from Carnage and Caolena’s tree house in the Eucalyptus grove, to her home in Philadelphia that is now a women’s shelter run by Rowan’s parents and grandmother, to the scenes in Hell where the corridor’s kept changing every time they went back so it was difficult to find their way in and out.

This book had so much going on, romance, action, suspense and danger. More than one set of fated mates were found in this story, plus there was the introduction of the Dark One. To top off a great story, we also get Alligator shifters! 🐊


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