Series: Celestial Blues #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Harper Voyager on May, 27, 2014
Pages: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina
One slightly graphic sex scene
New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson continues her breakout new supernatural noir mystery series as a fallen angel and a reporter team up to stop a drug cartel
After learning his wife survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw is determined to find Evelyn Shaw, no matter the cost. Yet his obsession comes at a price. Grif has had to give up his burgeoning love for reporter Katherine "Kit" Craig, the woman who made life worth living again, and dedicate himself to finding one he no longer knows.
Yet when Grif is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realm who'd rather see him dead than unearth the well-buried secrets of his past. If he's to survive his second go-round on the Surface, Grif will have to convince Kit to reunite with him professionally, and help uncover decades of police corruption, risking both their lives... and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love.
THE GIVEN is a satisfying and touching conclusion to the Celestial Blues series. The main mystery of who killed Griffin Shaw occupies THE GIVEN surrounded by a plot that involves betrayal, organized crime, and murder yet at its center, it's a story about true love and finding peace with yourself. Both Grif and Kit have huge a journey of discovery about their own strengths and about living in the present rather than using the past as a shield. I never thought of the reasons behind Kit's Rockabilly lifestyle as anything more than a style she liked but realizing why she picked up that particular style actually revealed a lot about her past and inner conflict. I enjoyed seeing Kit work through her issues and finding out the truth about her father's death as it shows her strength and determination for the truth.
Throughout this series I had been failing at trying to figure out just who killed Private PI turned angel, Griffin Shaw and while it was pretty obvious in retrospect I admit I did not see it coming. I have to also admit that I was quite annoyed with Griffin for leaving Kit at the end of THE LOST to search for his murderer. Part of my annoyance was seeing how badly it affected the usually strong and confident Kit who is devastated and nearly broken in the beginning of THE GIVEN. Luckily Griffin slowly makes amends to me/Kit for his abandoning of her which is when the story picks up and these two crazy kids use their excellent detecting skills to unravel the the convoluted story of his murder. Coincidentally the murder neatly connects to Kit's father's murder in a fascinating way.
Celestial Blues has always had a nostalgic feel to it, blending the past seamlessly into the present. The conclusion of THE GIVEN is wonderfully fitting for Griffin and Kit's journey to finding peace and getting second chances at love and life.