Title: Hiding in Plain Sight (Camp H.O.W.L #3)
Author: Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal, Wolf Shifter
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Happily ever after is right under their noses.
Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.
Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.
Their chemistry is through the roof, but they’re setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can’t figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice.
While this is book number three in the series, you probably could read this as a stand-alone, but you’ll get more out of the book if you read #1 and #2 first. There are some references to established characters that reading in order would provide some context.
This was a bit of an “angsty” read. Harris is worried about loosing what little contact he has with his mate, trying to be realistic about the situation and generally failing. Jackson is mostly clueless, more concerned about his career and status. All the supporting characters are rolling their eyes and telling both Harris and Jackson to just talk to the guy! Which, of course, neither one does for altruistic reasons. So there is much wringing of paws.
The secondary plot revolves around Camp H.O.W.L. hosting a high-profile teen actor, which is what throws Harris and Jackson into each other’s paths, and that of the Fae.
Yes. Apparently, there are Fae and they aren’t happy. I thought the addition of additional paranormals was a tiny bit out of left field, book three being the first mention of something other than werewolfs in the greater world. Still, I could roll with it – the author did well enough sliding the other Paranormal tribunals into the mix without bogging down the story.
Like the previous books, Hiding in Plain Sight is strongly character driven. My main issue with the book – and this is my quirk – is we have a Big Misunderstanding. Because, you know, someone jumps to an assumption and there is running away and phones are turned off so amends can’t be made… Not MY favorite plot devise, but others enjoy that dynamic.
To sum up, I have to admit, I think my favorite character was actually Candice, the high profile teen actor. Overall, an enjoyable, feel-good read and strong closure to this series.