This review is kinda spoilerish~
I'm gonna stop at 66% and leave it at that.
I think it was a mistake reading book #1 and this one one right after the other.
What I liked:
- Not much, actually. In the previous book the best parts were Miki and Dude. With them not in the spotlight... Well, I did like the reunion.
What I didn't like:
- I have forgiven Kane's cheesiness because I thought it was just how he is. And Miki's reactions to it were kinda funny. But, it seems the cheesiness is either a family trait or just the way this writer does things. Sionn's lines were... I can't find the right word, but this says it all:
"Hold on, Damie love," he whispered, suckling the spot he's bitten. "Let's see how close we can fly to heaven."
- There were lots of things that broke the flow of the story, like when D and Sionn were getting hot and heavy and D suddenly started comparing Sionn to Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride. Or when Sionn was looking for D and started talking to God in the middle of a full street when he found him.
- In general, people seem to do a lot of talking out loud to no one in particular in this series.
- The motivation of the villain is flaky at best. This has been said many times before but, why was Damie kept alive? If the motivation is money, why spend a load of it on an assassin?
- Speaking of the assassin, I get it. He is super bad. He is a sick fuck. But his bits of POV were not helping me wanting to continue reading the book.
- After talking a bit with Tara, the conclusion is that the way the Murphy family is speaking is just a bunch of words and phrases that sounded "Irish" enough thrown together. The word "boyo" especially made me think of really old Irish mobsters in American cop shows typically set in NY. Incidentally, the word isn't used anywhere in Ireland, by old people or young.
In the end, I didn't think I needed to finish this book to be able to enjoy(?) the third one, so I didn't.