Presence: August Heat by Charity Becker


Following an anonymous tip left at her office, Mina Jewel begins investigating a bizarre string of random murders. When she finds herself under “The Surgeon’s” blades, she realizes there’s nothing random about the murders at all, and the crazed serial killer has bigger plans for Port Orchard, Washington.

Between a suffocating heatwave, her volatile dealings with Justice, and a difficult physical recovery, Mina’s gifts are going haywire. Without help, she’s afraid she’ll lose control and her Fury will burn everything in its path.

But there’s no time for recovery or fixing her personal problems. When the Surgeon targets Mina’s pack mates, a disturbing pattern begins to emerge. For their safety, the pack is sent away, and it’s up to Mina to stop the killer alone.

Just when she thinks she’s figured it out, her investigation takes her down a path she never imagined possible. A path leading to betrayal, cover-ups, and another piece of the puzzle of her traumatic childhood.

My thoughts:

I think this was my favorite book in the series so far.

I thought it had a somewhat different feel to it than the previous books. We don’t get to see so much of Presence or Justice in this book. Mina leaves Washington for a trip. We get a lot more about her pack and Jacob Latrator.  Believe it or not but Mina actually has a few great and happy moments in this book, not that it lasts but still.

This book really shows how much Mina has grown, since the first book Presence: Awakening and how much she learned and healed. She seems to understand better now what is healthy for her and what is not.

Like all the previous books, this book had me on edge most of the time. I couldn’t put it down and finished it within a day. There were actually moments I was yelling out loud “NO. NO NO “  and or saying or  “ oh no she didn’t” ( meaning the author) . This book was packed full of action, suspense and gory but also had some pretty shocking, heartwarming and tear jerking moments with some humor.

I really enjoyed the end of the book; while it left a lot of things open and unanswered for the next book it also had a somewhat peaceful and happy feeling to it.

Overall, this was another great page-turner and I can’t wait to see the next book, hopefully we won’t have to wait so long this time 😉

I rate it at 5 ★

Some of my favorite quotes:

“If it turns out that Death is an actual preternatural being,” I said,” I’m going to shit my pants”


Of course, knowing Angie, she wasn’t actually trying to be sneaky, just slightly less subtle than a sledgehammer to the face”


“I am saying that in this cold, terrible world, I have found my soul mate. I am yours forever. If you reject me, I shall live out my days alone, longing for you, because no other could touch my soul the way that you have. What you do with that fact…. is up to you.”


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