Book Reviews

Book of Secrets (Oracle 2) by RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Psychic Powers / Gods/Godesses / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 18-September-2015

Book Blurb

Alex is trying to make things right when his past catches up with him. A Serbian ex-art thief blackmails him into stealing an ancient folio from Windsor Castle… Luke is kidnapped… and that's just the beginning.

Alex is making good on his promise to put things right. Along with Griff and Christopher, he is retrieving items he had stolen with Edward, and replacing them where they came from. It's dangerous work, especially considering he appeared to have lost his most useful Oracle-given powers. When a replacement goes wrong and Alex 'disappears' he realises that what used to be inside him has left a mark he can never rid himself of.

Meanwhile Luke is kidnapped to work on a manuscript that could hold the key to the secrets of alchemy and offer the reader a way of living an eternal life. The Voynich manuscript is missing it's cypher and it is up to Alex to steal it for the ex Serbian art thief who he calls friend. Problem is, it's held in the private library at Windsor Castle.

 

 

NOTE: This book was previously released by Silver Publishing in October 2012.

 

Book Review

The (by me) much-awaited sequel to Oracle certainly didn’t disappoint. Seeing Alex "be good" and return the artifacts he had previously "borrowed" was great fun, and the interplay between him and Luke was loving and romantic. Some of the background and history hinted at in the first book was added to and deepened, while new threats and challenges abounded.

Finding Alex struggling with life, and with what he needs to do, in the absence of his abilities was certainly new and different. Luckily, all is not as bleak and "normal" as it seems, and Alex soon finds new ways of dealing with an increasingly volatile situation. Not that it makes things easy, but it definitely helps!

Luke is as supportive as he was in the first book. He has issues with Alex facing danger the way he does, but which lover wouldn’t? He also gets drawn right into the thick of things when he is kidnapped to help the villain translate an old manuscript that is believed to hold the key to the secrets of eternal life.

As a sequel, this is a great book because it picked up on the characters and their stories, and answered many of the questions I had at the end of the first book. But I think it would work even as a standalone story, with enough riddles, quirky characters, and grand mysteries to keep me entertained. If you like mystery and intrigue in your romances, if you enjoy a plotline that will reveal as many secrets as offer new ones to ponder, and if you want to know how Alex and Luke are faring, then you will probably enjoy this books as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 258 pages/36100 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-June-2013
Price $2.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Buy Link http://www.amazon.com/Book-Secrets-Oracle-RJ-Scott-ebook/dp/B00D9U8QI6