Title: Tracefinder: Changes (Book 2)
Author: Kaje Harper
Release Date:August 4, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Law Enforcement, Paranormal
Page Count: 367 (printed)
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Brian Kerr is now free of his dangerous boss and his domineering brother. He’s eager to start using his psychic Finding talent to help people, if he can figure out how to do that safely. His dyslexia, and his tendency to act simpleminded under stress, make building his new life a daunting challenge. And while his not-quite-boyfriend, Nick, is willing to support him, in bed and out of it, Brian doesn’t want to lean on Nick. If their relationship is going anywhere, he has to be a full partner and handle his own problems.
Nick Rugo’s walking a tightrope instead of settling into the ordinary cop’s life he’d hoped for. He’s hiding too many things from too many people. He has told professional and unprofessional lies that will come back to haunt him. Now, with Brian determined to start Finding again, he’s not sure he can protect the man he cares for. If all that wasn’t enough to make him start punching walls, he also has a suspicion that Brian’s brother Damon and sister Lori may be out there, lurking, ready to complicate their lives.
Book 2 in the Tracefinder Series.
Should not be read as a stand alone.
In my review of book one, I expressed a level of discomfort with the main characters and some issues with the plot, but there was enough at the end that I would give book two a try.
THIS book is why I like to give second books in a series a chance.
Tracefinder: Changes was outstanding.
Chances picks up right where Contact leaves off. Nick (with Brian) is renting a house with the understanding that the Minneapolis Police Department wants to use Brian as bait for Brian’s older brother, Damon. Nick and Brian’s relationship is complicated – Brian is realizing his dependence upon “Bry” and wants to be treated like a man with all the needs, wants and desires that accompany growing up. Nick is afraid of taking advantage of Brian even though inwardly, he desires the guy, which results in Nick holding their relationship at arms length. When the MPD violates Brian’s contract and trust, which leaves Brian in a coma, Nick realizes Brain means so much more to him than he ever realized.
This book pack packs so much into it:
• Brian grows as a character – he gets counselling, he learns to ask for what he wants, he learns to stand up for himself and others, he understands the duality of Bry/Brian. He grows. Brian knows he has issues, but he also realize he knows what he wants…Nick.
• Nick stops seeing Brian as vulnerable and starts seeing him as a person, a companion, a boyfriend. Initially, this still left me a bit uncomfortable, but as Brian grew, it totally worked.
• The suspense was so well done! When Damon comes for Bry, Nick’s anguish was palpable. I could totally feel Brian’s fear of losing Nick completely, of the loss of Brian’s gift.
Other aspects I really enjoyed:
• How well the author portrayed the ease for people to take advantage of Brian’s gift, how even the Minneapolis Police Dept couldn’t stick to a contract.
• How Brain struggled to say “no” to helping people.
• Damon’s reaction to learning the difference between “Bry” and “Brian”. Well done!
• Brian and Nick’s feelings toward each other.
• Charlie and Nick’s relationship.
I could go on, but ultimately, I found this to be a suspenseful, emotional and rewarding read.