I need to preface this review with a level set on the target demographic, which in this case, is the female reader who is comfortable with her feminine character being a hard-charging hero who still capable of nurturing and love. Because that’s Lexi.
This is definitely a genre-crosser: dominantly thriller (cloak and dagger escapade and tension) with a strong female lead, with a generous dollop of paranormal and a healthy thread of romance. I was getting the latter part as soon as the romantic entanglement was introduced and the MC (first-person) started describing that guy. Definitely ‘female gaze’ oriented. Which is fine — I have read a few full-strength romance novels to get an idea what the Romance genre is about (those *sell*, so are worth studying!) and in this case, the romantic angle is worked in very delicately. But not my first pick in a theme for my books. Ah well, reading about all those ripped abs and powerful arms might inspire me to get more strength training done… 🙂
Characters are delivered with enough detail to stand up and are humanized well. It is a bit weird that a dominant character in the beginning (Dave) does not show up again after the middle of the book, as he seemed quite instrumental to get the story going. Other than that, no anomalies; just the right amount of people to give the story texture without requiring a scorecard.