Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another "mission accomplished", but hell was delivering hand baskets that day.
When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky--but nothing comes without a cost. Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.
3 Stars, 4 Flames
Shifty Business is the third and final book in Olivia Hardin's Bend-Bite-Shift trilogy. The book begins at the auction of the children from the first book and follows Gerry and Nicky's storyline. I like how the second and third book follows the character's story from the point they branched off from the first book. While at the auction, working undercover, Gerry is handed a silver box by a little girl. Then she notices a familiar smell, one that reminds her of her sister, Dysis. Gerry and her sister can communicate telepathically, and as soon as she receives the silver box, Dysis begins attacking her mentally. Dysis wants the box and will do everything in her power to take it. Before passing out from the strain of blocking her sister from her thoughts, she gives the box to Nicky and implores him to hide it. With the Company (the supposed good guys their team works for) cutting off their funds and all safe houses compromised, Nicky returns to his roots in New Orleans. With no support expected from his teammates, Nicky is left to discover how to awaken Gerry and figure out who is attacking them and why.
I liked Shifty Business, though the first one, Witch Way Bends, is still my favorite. This the first series I've read where the author goes back and fills in the holes from the first book explaining what happened when those characters left the main story. I'm impressed by the way Ms. Hardin tied all three stories together to complete the big picture. In this book we have Gerry, the ultimate undercover agent as she has the ability to change her appearance at will. Seemingly cold and reserved, we see a new side of her around Nicky. Nicky is a dhampir, born with the ability to track and kill vampires. He's also the first man to love Gerry for her true self, flaws and all. It doesn't hurt that he's sexy as hell and completely loyal to Gerry. The sex scene in the airport hanger...hot hot hot! Though I enjoyed the conclusion to the Bend-Bite-Shift trilogy, I felt that this book lagged a little in pace and found myself skimming through the pages. However, pacing issues aside, I still enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of Olivia Hardin's books in the future.
This book was provided by the author for an honest review.