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Shifty Business (Book 3 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy)

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

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    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest r

    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is Book 3 of the Bend – Bite – Shift Trilogy. It starts off with Gerry Hinton receives a silver box from a little girl named Tylie. She has to have it hidden as someone is attacking her mind to find it. Her assignment is to save these special kids. Can she save the kids and keep them safe? What is this silver box? Olivia Hardin does it once again with an action packed page turner, with twists and turns you don’t see coming. The thing I love most about Olivia’s trilogy is her writing style. It shows each character’s aspect, so that by the end you’ll fall completely in love with each of these amazing characters. The only downside I can report about this trilogy is that it’s book three of the series ¿ Sorry Olivia but I’ve become attached to the main characters!

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    Reading this book was very bitter sweet for me.  I love this ser

    Reading this book was very bitter sweet for me.  I love this series and did not want it to end, so I read it very, very slowly.  I never do this, but I wanted it to last.  I should have gone to the very end first because Olivia mentions that while this story arc is complete, she will be writing novels in the future from this amazingly awesome world she has created.  PHEW!!!!  

    What I love about this series and what I think really sets it apart from most series in this genre is that while there is a main story arc, each book is completely different and fresh.  Not only do they focus on different characters, but they are just so unique in and of themselves.  I have no idea if what I am trying to say is coming across or if I am making any sense to anyone but myself, but trust me in the fact that you do not feel like you are reading the same basic story over and over again.

    I reread the synopsis to make sure I was not giving away any spoilers and had to erase everything I said about the characters of Nick and Gerry.  So, here is the non-spoiler version:  I loved both of their characters and watching them deal with the secrets being kept was one of the things that made it difficult for me to put this book down.  There was one scene between the two of them that was very uncomfortable for me.  It was handled beautifully and fit in with the story, but by the nature of it it was difficult for me to read.

    I think that Olivia did a beautiful job pulling the overall story arc together. I am trying to stay spoiler free, but the timing of this book is such that it does not begin after book two ends and that adds to the awesomeness of it.  I feel very satisfied with the ending.   I am very excited there will be more books about this world and I will be first in line to read them.  If you have not read the first two books in this series, you could probably get away with reading this in isolation, but I would not recommend it.  Book one is currently free as an ebook on Amazon, so I would start there.  This is an 18 plus read.  

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Shifty Business is the third book in the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilog

    Shifty Business is the third book in the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy. Witch Way Bends begins the story with Devan Stowe who is learning who and what she is, read my review here. Bitten Shame(book 2) begins where book 1 left off and gives us insight into Jill Prescott's (Devan's best friend- turned vampire) background and how she became a vampire. Read my review here.

    Shifty Business takes us on a journey (back in book 1 timeline but a side jaunt) to learn more about Gerry and Nicky. Gerry is a shape-shifting witch while her partner, Nicky is a dhampir. They have both been in previous books and their relationship was a little obscure. I was deeply surprised to find out that they were secretly married earlier ! Talk about keeping secrets!! A dhampir ( 1/2 human & 1/2 vampire) is pretty much the low rung in the paranormal ladder and Nicky felt it was better for Gerry to keep their marriage a secret.

    After being given a mysterious silver box by a little girl, Gerry is plagued by mental attacks and puts herself into a coma-like state in order to survive. Nicky must not only get them somewhere safe and hide the slver box, but he must also figure out how to get Gerry to wake up again. Enter : old voodoo woman. Oh my, just when I think Olivia can't outdo herself, she does it again. I absolutely LOVED the scenes with the voodoo woman. She reminded me vaguely of my grandma (only minus the voodoo, ha). Eventually, with the help of Langston & voodoo lady, Nicky is able to awaken Gerry and they must go forward to fight not only the Org but The Company (who they 'work' for). Shifty Business is once again better than I expected. Olivia Hardin continues to outdo herself.

    Each book in the trilogy could be read alone but they also compliment each other so well! One thing that relieved me to learn - while Trilogy = 3, the series will not end with this book. Olivia has more in store for us.. which is a good thing because otherwise I'd be hounding and endlessly stalking her until she gave me MORE!! Personally, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the next hit in the series comes in the form of Roon because I'm just a tiny bit in love with him right now.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I have read this entire trilogy and honestly had forgotten some

    I have read this entire trilogy and honestly had forgotten some of the details when I opened up this book. I am happy to say that even if you read Bitten Shame immediately after it was released, you will have no trouble diving into Shifty Business. I could not put this book down and my poor son was very mad at me for it. It took me 3 hours to read it. I just wanted to know that badly how it was going to end. Speaking of which, if you went to the release day party, you know that even though this is a trilogy, Olivia Hardin has more in store for us.

    This book focused on Gerry, the shapeshifting witch and her obscure relationship with Nicky, the dhampir. You can tell in the previous books that there is something odd about their relationship, but I was surprised to find out that they were secretly married. During one of their missions, Gerry comes in contact with a little girl whom they are trying to rescue from being sold into slavery (i.e. food for a vampire). The mission goes completely awry. Gerry walks out of it without a scratch on her, but suddenly becomes comatose. Nicky is forced to whisk her away and to hide this little silver box in a place that even Gerry cannot find (she's the one who gave it to him). He is at his wits end on how to wake Gerry up from her coma when a voodoo lady finds him. She tells him exactly what needs to be done so that Gerry can be awakened. You will be shocked at what he must do and why. I refuse to share that information, but it was pretty amazing...and weird.

    Once awake, Gerry is forced to dig into her past in order to save her future. Well really it is to save not just her future, but pretty much every supernatural child out there, Nicky's, herself, and everyone in their tight little group. She must face her twin sister Dy while maintaining her very fragile marriage. Will she finally tell everyone her deep dark secrets? Will she and Nicky ever get past the lies? Why has her powers gone completely out of control? Read to find out and be sure to check out the epilogue. Rooney!!! That's all I have to say about it.

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