Control (Bloodlines #2) by Crissy Smith #mf #review

Learning to take control might drive them all crazy.

It’s been a month since Kieran Smith and his partner were reassigned to the Organization office in Las Vegas. During that time, his boss has left to go on a secret mission and Kieran’s been bonding with an old friend plus falling in love with a shifter. Kieran’s not sure where all the changes in his life are coming from, but he’s doing his best to deal with them. When his past comes back to haunt him, Kieran feels himself losing control. He’s been accused of being crazy and, if things keep going the way they are, he just might prove everyone right.

Shifters are going missing around the city and Dakota fears the same group responsible for kidnapping and torturing Kieran is behind it. When the mastermind is uncovered and Kieran is once again in danger, Dakota vows to protect him at all costs. She never expected to have to worry about losing control of her jaguar, though.

The Day Walkers, shifters and humans have to band together for survival and not all of them are going to make it out untouched by the events that are about to unfold.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of incarceration and torture; memories of incarceration and torture and fight scenes.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence, as part of a series.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

This the sequel to Bite, continuing the story of Kiernan Smith, Day Walker. I liked Bite. It introduced the characters, built the world of Bloodlines, and hinted at the action of the plot arc. I did think that it was missing action but the second book made up for what Bite lacked.

Control continues Kiernan’s journey as an agent of the Organization. His tortured past collides with the future he’s trying to build with his jaguar shifter lover, Dakota. At the beginning, he still struggles with Dakota’s shifter half, afraid that he won’t ever be able to fully accept her animal after the years of torture he endured at the hand of sadistic shifters. He loves her like no one else and is afraid Dakota will eventually leave, becoming overwhelmed by all the issues Kiernan faces on a daily basis. Since finding out that Jaskson hadn’t died all those years ago by a torturers’s hand, Kiernan has been experiencing flashbacks he’d thought he’d mastered were back and now accompanied with nightmares. He’s tired and can’t sleep, afraid to lean on Dakota too much and possibly lose her, but with the growing number of missing shifters long with a Day Walker, Kiernan is juggling with more than his relationship with Dakota.

Kiernan is one of those characters than I love to read about. Tortured and distrustful but still with a group of friends that have become family. He was protective but not in the bossy alpha way. He plays practical jokes on the security of the Organization and though he get’s a laugh out of their aggravation, the exercise has a purpose that will lead to better procedures that will protect those he cares about while they are at headquarters. He grows in relation to the shifters. He takes a couple of leaps of faith with Dakota that moves their relationship past a couple of hurdles he was afraid of. He still thumbed his nose at authority but his small circle of friends and acceptable acquaintances grew.

The plot is action packed. The shifter that held him hostage for ten years is resurfacing, the there are traitors in their midst, and at every corner someone Kiernan cares about is in danger. Could this be read as a standalone? Probably, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Though I really loved the action and adventure of this installment to the series, the first book does set everything up nicely. I hope there is more to come of Kiernan and Dakota. There was a a couple of hints about Kiernan’s blood family that has me intrigued. Highly recommended.

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