Dec 162014
 
Review: SharpSharp (Mindspace Investigation #2) by Alex Hughes
Narrated by: Daniel May
Published by Roc on Apr 2, 2013
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech - the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars 60 years ago - are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all....

Another reviewer (Smexy Books) called this “the best series you are not reading. It’s like JD Robb meets Jim Butcher.” This may be the best description for this series. It really sums it up nicely.

One thing that really stuck in my mind while listening to this story is how often the main character’s name is said. In the first book, I don’t think his first name was ever mentioned, but in this book, almost everyone says Adam’s name when talking to him. It was a very noticeable difference. One that had me feeling a bit awkward since the lack of name in the first book had me thinking about him as Alex, and switching to Adam was surprisingly difficult.

The element I really like is the romance. Well, Adam’s attraction since there isn’t really any romance, yet. I hope there is at some point, but right now it’s mostly Adam’s internal thoughts about Cherabino, which are mostly about respecting her character, although he does tend to stare at her boobs a lot. His thoughts tend to be very sweet, which definitely makes me want him to be happy. Cherabino is a great woman, and while she’s a bit hard to read, I think she has a soft spot for Adam, and I approve.

The only issue I have with the book is that Adam tends to repeat thoughts and details about his addiction endlessly. How he craves his drug, how he can’t have it, how this job is the only thing keeping him alive and away from the drug. It gets to be a bit much.

The narration for the story is excellent. The voice fits the character well, and like a lot of series I listen to (ahem Dresden Files), I can’t picture switching to reading instead of listening because the narration just fits too well.

Overall, this was a great story, in a great series. One that is still pretty young (book 4 just released this month), and it’s definitely one I’d recommend checking out.

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