Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Mind Spy
Author: Tricia Owens
Series: Juxtapose City #10
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 170 Pages
Publisher: Tricia Owens
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Black is powerless, but his new opponent might possess the power of the future.
With Black back in Captain Dickerson’s good graces, a sense of calm has descended over the men of JC2. Though Black is still psy-null, Calyx and he have managed to keep the secret from Kard and their enemies…for now. However, it’s a calm before the storm, for Dickerson has a new assignment: hunt down and kill the rogue telepath, Marcus Maze. While on the surface the assignment seems legit–Maze has been murdering the wives of prominent Juxtapose City citizens–Black begins to have his doubts, especially when he learns that Maze was a former subject of Dickerson’s experiments. What had the experiment entailed? How had it gone wrong and produced such a cold, calculating killer? And more worrisome: why does Black feel a kinship with a man seemingly intent on bringing Juxtapose City to its knees?
Review: I fell in love with this series from book 1, and that love is still just as strong now that we are on book 10. This story continues where the previous one left off with the guys all still trying to figure out what’s going on, who to trust, etc.
Black, Calyx and the team are playing a tricky game trying to find out what is really going on. War is still on the horizon, but the lines become blurrier as they try to figure out the best side to be on. This is especially more difficult for various reasons, not the least of which is Black’s loss of his psychic powers. If the wrong people find out, it could be disastrous no matter how it goes down.
First, there is the issue with Captain Dickerson. Not only the details about his experiments and the secrets he’s keeping, but the fact that he’s Black’s “guardian” and still putting Black through the wringer, is quite eye opening. At this point, Black at least sees and now believes what’s been going on now that he’s learned more details, though it is clear he doesn’t have the full picture. He continues to play the part as far as Dickerson’s concerned, and he’s working to keep pieces in place to be able to take him down when the opportunity shows itself. But there are still a lot of questions that need answers before that can happen.
Then we have Calyx, who is one of those characters who is like a breath of fresh air. I adore him and his quirkiness and attitude. He’s been through so much but has survived and come out more fabulous than ever. He’s sticking to his commitment to Black, and they are as strong as ever being the only people they truly trust which has only strengthened their bond. Calyx is also dealing with Kard joining their group. Kard is still trying to be the father figure he never was, and just like Calyx, I’m having a hard time trusting his motives.
This is an extremely creative world these guys live in that is full of excitement and mystery that had me turning pages very quickly. As much as I want the answers to all the questions, I also don’t want this story to end. I really want these guys to overcome and succeed however that may happen and find a place where they can just exist without threats or painful memories. I want them to make their own and to see everyone involved pay for the hurt they have caused.
This is a fantastic, well-written series with each book being as good as the last, and I can’t wait for the story to continue. Highly recommend for those who like their paranormal a little on the edgier side.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*