REVIEW by Tynisha: The Ripple Effect (Rhiannon’s Law Series 3) by J. A. Saare (@JASaare , @ParaItchReviews )
There is always a price to pay…
Rhiannon Murphy visited the future, witnessed hell on earth and made choices to change things for the greater good. Unfortunately there are consequences for her actions, the penalties for her interference possibly more than she can bear. Determined to sever her debt with a fallen angel, she pushes everything aside, focusing on locating Marigold Vesta’s resting place.
Until death comes knocking at her door.
When Disco’s maker arrives in New York, he resents Rhiannon on a level she can’t begin to comprehend. Yet Marius isn’t her most dangerous adversary, not by a long shot. Marius’s sire — a half-demon — is determined to see the necromancer who stunned the vampire world on her knees. If she won’t bend, he’ll do everything in his power to make her break. No price is too high, meaning no one is safe — including Disco and Paine.
Dealt a blow from which she can never recover, Rhiannon turns to the only person who can help her: the fallen angel who is relying on Rhiannon to save her soul. Bartering with a creature from Heaven is probably just as dangerous as starting a war with a demon from Hell, but with nothing to lose it’s no longer about life or death.
It’s about getting even.
Rhiannon’s Law #18: No one asks for their life to change, but it does. The bad things we face are tests created to separate the strong from the weak. Once you’ve found your place–as the savage lion or the tranquil lamb–it’s up to you to take the next step, to decide what comes after. Even if it means destroying everything in your path on the road to deliverance.
How is it possible that this series can get better?? With a heroine like Rhiannon Murphy it’s inevitable! Since she changed the future in Renfield Syndrome, all is not well in Rhia’s world. After Disco’s betrayal of her trust and the wild night of passion she shared with Paine still fresh in her mind, Rhiannon must face some hefty consequences. Disco is looking for redemption, his maker is coming to town to force Rhiannon to hand over Sucker(the demon killing blade). Now Rhiannon is beginning to understand that Disco and Paine have sheltered her away from the more dangerous aspects of being in a vampire family.
Its a race against time and if she doesn’t hand over Sucker they are all in for a world of hurt! Marius is not one to be trifled with and neither is they’re Demon maker Revenald. She’ll soon learn that crossing him will assign her a fate worse than death. And to top it all off, she’s made a pact with fallen angel Marigold Vesta. She must restore her to power or Rhiannon will serve as her host.
Rhiannon’s Law #28: If you’re going to fuck up, be sure to fuck up good and proper. Nothing makes failure acceptable, so you might as well make your misery count.
Basically it’s a catch 22. She needs Sucker for protection against her enemies and if she gives it up, she’s as good as dead. And if she doesn’t give it up to her Master, she’ll wish she was dead. Her love life isn’t all roses either. Paine is in love with her. Disco wants her back and feels like shit for betraying her the way he did and Rhiannon just can’t seem to find it in her heart to forgive him even though she really wants to. But when the time finally comes, will it be too late? And more importantly; Is this Ripple Effect business real….it sure seems like it.
All in all, this was a fantastic addition to the series! It still had its funny flair that I fell in love with and its dark and twisted suspense.
“I’ve been watching over you.”
“Where I’m from, it’s the same thing. Stalking isn’t cool unless you’re an Edward.”
The Demons of this world are really some sick bastards that actually gave me nightmares. This series really does have everything that I love; dark humor, steamy sex, betrayal of the worst kind, a heroine I can relate to and can kick major fucking ass! It’s definitely one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there. I really hope people stop pirating her work so she can continue this series. It really is an awesome urban fantasy tale thats a love story at heart.
Love didn’t come with a guarantee. That’s what made it so special, so cherished–so rare. You believed in the truth of your heart, even at its worst, because you had no other choice.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Rhiannon’s Law Series 3