Published October 5th 2010 by The Raven Books (first published April 6th 2005)
ISBN 13: 9781452410654
Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Fantasy romance
Karri-Lynn O’Higgins has embraced her crazy and she owns it. She wears her crazy openly and uses it to put her enemies in their graves. Karri is the team leader of a paranormal tactical unit. She is responsible for making sure that the things that go bump in the night do not harm innocents. She uses her abilities as a Dark Angel to draw the darkness to her and then within her to enable her to fight it. Karri had so much potential where awesome heroines are concerned. I loved her antics. She is the type of woman you want as your best friend, closest confidant, and your wingman.
I liked Karri’s relationship with her best friend Amber. Amber is completely oblivious when it comes to all things supernatural. Amber believes that Karri is just strutting her crazy when she talks about lycans, demons, vampires, and all the creepy stuff in the world. Karri who really does own her crazy is just telling her bestie the truth about everything in her life. Karri knows that Amber possesses magik and will one day have to come to terms with the fact that there is more out there than humans.
Here’s what didn’t work for me. Up until this point Karri seems like a tough woman who can take on anything. She is clueless when it comes to her personal life, specifically the romantic relationship with her destined from birth mate. She has to have everything not only spelled out for her but she needs a map drawn too. Her friend’s must be very explicit and overly elaborate in their methods of telling her that this guy who is familiar in every way humanly and inhumanly possible is familiar for a reason.
Then there is the mate. He has known her since the day she was born (he was even in the room the moment she was born) and was best friends with her father. There was a bit of an ick factor there for me. He never pursued her or took a sexual interest in her as an infant or a child, but still it hit me that he was the weird uncle that no one ever talks about or invites to family gatherings.
Wicked Lucidity is also filled with what I felt was unnecessary content. There is close to a whole chapter of a phone call between Karri and an illegal arms dealer. The dialogue reiterated that she’s walking the fine line where her lunacy is concerned, but otherwise it severed little purpose. The rehashing of Karri’s past weighed down the book and caused the pace to slow at times.
I have read and enjoyed several other titles by this author, so perhaps this one was just a miss for me. I will continue to read Roth’s work I did enjoy the previous ones that I had read.