Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Release Day Review: Hiding in Plain Sight by Bru Baker

Title: Hiding in Plain Sight
Series: Camp H.O.W.L.: Book 3
Author: Bru Baker
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Category: Paranormal: Werewolf, Dreamspun Beyond
Pages: 247

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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.

4 Stars!

In this third book centered around Camp H.O.W.L., we get the story of Harris, one of the camp counselors, and Jackson, his best friend. Jackson also happens to be the brother of Drew, the camp doctor. Drew's story was in Under a Blue Moon, but I think that you could read this one as a standalone for the most part.

Harris and Jackson have been best friends for a long time, but Harris has been hiding the fact that he has since formed a mate bond with Jackson. Jackson has a defined career path, one that requires him to have no bonds, pack or mate for several years yet. Harris doesn't want to be rejected and deals with the unrequited bond instead of losing his friend. Just when Jackson has a chance at his dream job, he realizes that he's forming a mate bond with Harris.

I liked both Harris and Jackson. They both are dedicated to and love their jobs. Their friendship is amazing. I could understand Harris's reluctance to admit his bond, but I found myself a little frustrated with the lengths that Jackson went to deny the change within himself. That being said, I enjoyed reading this book and didn't want to set it down. The way Jackson found Harris was a great way to show the power of even a fragile, uncompleted mate bond. While I thought it was a little too convenient how well their career plans worked out in the end, I was nevertheless happy to see them both settled in and content with both their professional and personal lives.

There was a lot of action in this book, more so than the others in the series. A celebrity wolfling attracted a lot of unwanted attention to the camp and a camp worker only exasperates the situation. There were new supernatural creatures introduced into this book, and I would love to see more of this world.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4 stars

Hiding in Plain Sight is the third and last (?) book in the camp H.O.W.L series by Bru Baker. This book's focus is on Harris and Jackson. Harris is one of the camp psychologists and Jackson a cop. Jackson is one of Drew's (who is a human doctor in book 2) stepbrothers.

I liked Harris. He popped up in recent books a bit and his character was very steady. He had a good personality and clearly cared about the wolflings and even formed a very good relationship with their high profiled guest. I love how even in the epilogue she is mentioned. Jackson is a cop at the beginning then he applies for tribunal towards the beginning of the book and while we see Harris being a psychologist we don't see much about Drew's work except his and Jordan's private security company.

I have to say this is my favorite in the trilogy. I was hoping Harris would get a book. Harris and Jackson were perfect for each other. The book had just the right amount of drama. My only complaint is after so much sexual tension we do not see much of a follow through.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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