Title: Oracle – The Complete Collection
Series: Oracle (books 1 & 2)
Author: RJ Scott
Length: 279 pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books (18 Sept 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Oracle The Complete Collection gives readers an opportunity to own both books at a reduced price.
Book 1 – Oracle
Love, adventure, an empath & an ancient relic that could destroy the world.
Alex Sheridan is a thief, able to steal even the hardest to reach antiquities. Luke MacKinnon is a professor of ancient languages.
When they come together to locate the Oracle, it is because both men have targets on their backs. Can love blossom when each day could be their last? And, how can they survive the evil that wants the Oracle?
Book 2 – Book of Secrets
Kidnapping, adventure, drama and the fight for eternal life.
Alex is making good on his promise to put things right; retrieving items he had stolen, and returning them to their rightful owners. It’s dangerous work, especially since he lost his most useful Oracle-given powers.
When Luke is kidnapped by a man intent on finding the secrets to eternal life, Alex has to make a bargain with the devil and break steal an item from the private library at Windsor Castle. Will Alex be too late to save the man he loves?
Review: This collection from RJ Scott is the second edition collection of the Oracle and its sequel, Book of Secrets. Together they make some interesting and fun reading filled with mystery and danger, hence the overall rating. However, breaking down the collection to the separate stories is interesting, because I have to say there is a big difference between the two in terms of the feel, the action and, in some ways, the pace of the stories.
Both books are mostly centred on Alex. He was found as a child, scarred and with no memory. He’s grown up into a six-foot-odd tall man with more than a few bizarre and interesting talents. When we first meet him, he is with Edward, his partner in crime and lover until tragedy strikes. Then Alex meets Luke and that is when the story begins to take off.
So, the two stories:
Oracle ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
So the introduction to Alex as described above is the place where we start in Oracle. Instantly, we go into the action – although to me there was more explaining than there was doing while said action was happening – there’s an ancient mystery and Alex doesn’t know who he can trust.
But then there is Luke, he is like a light in the darkness. He is an American professor of ancient languages who goes to London on business. Alex and Luke have wonderful chemistry together. There was a door of minor characters but my favourites – stand outs for actually getting the story where it needed to go – are Lieutenant Chris Samuels (of the US Army) and Griff (who is a title English gent).
Book of Secrets ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
This is probably a bit more light-hearted than the first book. Since the mystical events of the first book Alex has grown a lot as a character and he is starting to make amends. He has Luke by his side, and in some weird share-house situation, there is also Griff and Chris (from Oracle). This is quirky in some ways but is filled with danger and even more mystery (did Alex truly lose his powers?). It is fast past and a real nice conclusion to Oracle.
Part of me wishes that was longer, if only to give more time to Dragan, the Serbian assassin (or whatever). He was an interesting guy and it felt like he had rather more to say – or maybe I just wanted more to be said so that things made a bit more sense in my mind.
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