Monday, April 20, 2020

Always Be My Banshee by Molly Harper

Cordelia Canton is on a top-secret assignment: travel to Mystic Bayou and use her powers as a touch-know psychic to learn more about the mysterious artifact that’s been pulled from the rift site. She’s partnered with Brendan O’Connor, a rare male banshee whose tall, dark, and broody good looks are a major distraction. Before long, it becomes clear that the artifact they’re studying is sentient - and brimming with supernatural power. Can they harness its magic in time to stop the secret forces conspiring to steal it?
Series: Mystic Bayou #4 | Publisher: Audible  | Narrator:Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis  | Length: 7 hours 11 minutes | Genre: Paranormal Romance  | Source: Purchased  | Rating: 4.5 Cups
Challenges Read For:  - Audiobook Challenge  - Literary Pickers  -  Tea
I’m always a little giddy when a new Molly Harper paranormal romance is released, so when the fourth book in her snark-filled Mystic Bayou series was released on the seventeenth day of Ohio’s quarantine, I had to purchase this.
Cordelia and Brendan were perfect for each other. She’s a touch-know, she has the ability to read an object by touching it, so she’s the perfect person to figure out what the object found in the rift wants yet there’s a limit to how much time she can spend near it without her body giving out. Enter Brendan—he’s a rare male banshee—because he’s technically dead the object’s pull won’t affect him so he’s working alongside Cordelia acting as her bodyguard of sorts.
I liked the relationship between Cordelia and Brendan. Their ‘gifts’ worked together nicely both professionally and personally. Normally, anyone Cordelia touches she can read everything about them and it becomes overwhelming but since Brendan’s a banshee, she can’t read him so she’s able to relax her guard around him. Both have some things to work through—he’s still coming to terms with the weight of his ability and she’s not had the best of childhoods—her mother paraded her around the circus circuit as a meal ticket. It was nice to see them trusting each other and growing close to another person without fear their gifts would popup.
There’s a bit mystery about who the bad guy is and I was a little shocked when the reveal come. I had a feeling it was going in that direction but I was hoping I was wrong. The outcome of the object in the rift was a little different than I was expecting and I’m wondering if it’s going to appear in future Mystic Bayou books.  
As always, the Mystic Bayou series is a community affair and the characters from the previous books always pop up. While I love seeing what everyone’s up to, I think Zed and his forehead licking adoption of Cordelia wins the secondary character cake—or maybe it should be pie in this case.
Amanda Ronconi is the perfect narrator for Molly Harper’s work. Normally, I like the way Jonathan Davis narrates this series although, this time, his Irish accent was a little wonky. I still enjoyed the narration but it was a bit off this time.
Overall, another great addition to this series that I devoured in one listening.

Mystic Bayou Series
#4 Always Be My Banshee

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