Was it murder…or mutiny?
The crusade for answers will lead Lex all over the Colorado Old World, from a prison cell for a broken werewolf to a haunted Denver brothel. And when Lex determines the responsible party, the hunt is just beginning: something has been awakened in Boulder, something as old and powerful as it is terrifying. Only the woman with death in her blood can stop what’s coming.
What I liked: I've put off writing this review because I wasn't gaga over Boundary Lines but it is a natural follow-up to the previous book, Boundary Crossed. I had time to focus more on the characters in this read than the previous.
The pacing on Boundary Lines is a bit slower and allows Ms Olson to develop the characters and the world building a bit more. There is no getting around it, I love Lex. She more or less has her sh*t together and isn't an immature air head. She's got major powers but is trying to take the time to learn how to use them. While she is a witch, the witches aren't exactly welcoming her with open arms, since her magic deals exclusively with the boundary between life and death. Lex is working for the cardinal vampire of Colorado, Maven, and really only doing it to keep her niece, Charlie, safe.
I'm wondering about the love interest for Lex. I thought it was pretty clear it was going to be the young vampire, Quinn. He gets her and knows the way to her heart. For example, upon opening her trunk to store her shotgun she found a few surprises from Quinn. "Quinn had built a weapons safe into my car for me. He'd also left another gift: the soft leather quick-draw holster I'd borrowed before we stormed Billy Atwood's house looking for Charlie.....Quinn was such a romantic. See, he gets her. But now I'm looking at Simon (the fixer for the witches) in a whole new light. I'm not sure why but I feel Simon has some feelings for Lex.
So, Lex and Quinn are working together to solve a couple of vampire murders that may involve werewolves. Did I mention that vampires and witches loathe werewolves. She's also working with Simon to solve a mystery of a giant worm of some magical sort. And then there's the fact of an attempted coup. Yep, a lot going on for Lex and company in Boundary Lines.
The world building is still ongoing but we're given some more history into the vamps, witches and werewolf problems and the pacing isn't as frantic as I felt in the first book.
The thing that did delight me about this book was the obvious amount of research that went into it. Not just the descriptions of and around Boulder but the history, and yes, I love history. When something resonates with me, I look it up. I was curious about wolves in captivity and stumbled on the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Then there were the bordellos in the red light district. No, I'm not really interested in bordellos but Ms Olson's words painted a fantastic picture.
What I didn't like: With everything going on that I described above, you'd think I would have been totally engrossed and that's the problem. It's the same characters, different plot, and always something going on but I found it too easy to put the book down and walk away. I was enjoying the read but wasn't completely invested. That may be my problem because as I said, all the components are there for a good read.
Am I giving up, no way. Ms Olson has a good hand writing this series and as I said, I love the characters and can't wait to see where they go. I just expected to be totally engrossed in Boundary Lines and I wasn't.
If you enjoy Urban Fantasy and well written characters and love the "otherworld", you will enjoy the book.