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Review: Priceless by Shannon Mayer (Rylee Adamson #1)

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Priceless by Shannon Mayer // VBC ReviewPriceless (Rylee Adamson #1)
Shannon Mayer
Published: Nov. 19, 2013 (HiJinks Ink)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: Purchased

Reviewed by: Amy

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Rylee Adamson is a Tracker. She’s able to sense people; whether they’re alive, their general location, what they’re feeling. Ten years ago Rylee’s sister went missing, but she was too new into her powers to use them to find her. It’s the one case that Rylee hasn’t been able to solve, and the one that weighs most on her mind, but it’s also the reason she does what she does: find missing children.

Of course, her strange knack for bringing home the missing keeps her in sight of the FBI, specifically one Agent O’Shea. Ten years ago he would have bet his life Rylee was responsible for her sister’s disappearance, but with little to no evidence he couldn’t prove a thing. Still, he’s kept tabs on her for ten years waiting to find out her secrets. Rylee’s new case hits a little too close to home for comfort. She’s more determined than ever to bring this child home, hoping she may be able to get some answers.

Rylee is a typical badass, get-the-job-done kind of character. It’s easy to see that at the point we start Priceless. Rylee is starting to feel a little run down with what she does. My first impression of this series is that it’s going to be one to put its character through the ringer and just hope by the end they come out ok. Priceless, however, doesn’t take things too seriously. Shannon Mayer puts in some great secondary characters, which help to alleviate the more serious aspects of the book.

Namely, we have Agent O’Shea. He and Rylee have been skirting around one another for ten years. At the start of Priceless, you can already see he’s viewing Rylee more as a person and less like a suspect (despite what he tells himself). Early on, their attraction seemed a bit too stalker-like for my taste, but towards the middle/end of the book, I warmed up to the possibility of things to come.

Rylee’s pet werewolf Alex was great. In Mayer’s world only Alphas are able to pass for human. Poor Alex is kind of in-between human and wolf form. His love and devotion to Rylee is really sweet, and I can’t help but hope to see his character grow as the series progresses.

The main thing I felt was a little rough around the edges was Rylee’s friendship with witch Milly. She is supposed to be Rylee’s best friend, but right at the beginning Milly is willing to give up that friendship for a spot in the local coven. Not a good way for a best friend character to win my favor. Based on Milly’s attitude throughout, it’s really difficult to see the “best friends, like sisters” aspect to their relationship. I like a little more solidarity between female characters who are supposed to be friends. Still, I’m curious to see if there are other reasons behind certain attitudes than what we’re given here.

Priceless was one of those reads that just starts off running and doesnt give too much time to breathe. It’s quick and to the point, with little to no filler. While reading I felt like every bit of dialogue or description has the opportunity to be important in the series somewhere down the line, and I really enjoyed that about reading this book. I’ll just go ahead and add the rest of the books to my TBR list now.

Sexual content: Kissing, references to sex

5 Responses to “Review: Priceless by Shannon Mayer (Rylee Adamson #1)”

  1. Megan Rehl says:

    I love the Rylee Adamson series by Shannon Myers. It’s one of my favorites and I have read all of the books in the series so far and the new spin off series.

  2. Jill says:

    This looks awesome! Going in the TBR pile!

  3. Lesia says:

    looks like a good book.

  4. Angie says:

    One of my favourites series and only one more book to go.. Don’t miss the novellas and spin off books. And yes, Rylee is being put through the ringer… 😉

  5. Sara says:

    I picked up this series because it was available free on Kindle Unlimited. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it. There were a few things that bothered me, like Milly, but overall I really enjoyed the books and want to continue reading to the conclusion. Future books will explain why Milly is behaving like such a bad friend in Book #1.

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