Okay… so maybe I’m slowly becoming a book blogger after all.  Since I enjoyed the first book in Shelley Workinger’s Solid series (i.e. Solid), I had to review the second book; Settling.

Settling was a slower read than the first in the series, which was really good and which I totally enjoyed.  It gave me more time to get to know the characters, especially Clio.  Shelley shows us what’s going on inside Clio’s head and how she thinks.  It gives perspective as to how she acts and interacts with her circle of friends.  And, although romance is not my genre of choice, I did enjoy the amount that was included in Settling.  The slower first half of the book perfectly set up the exciting last half of the book.

As with Solid, once the action kicked in, I couldn’t put the book down.  The events (I’m not going spoil it) unfolded naturally… Clio was not simply plopped conveniently into situations to save the day.  The flow of the story line was believable and the happenings were realistic.

Which brings us to the ending…  No, Clio did not ride off into the sunset, smiling and waving to all.  And if she had, it would have been a terrible ending.  I can’t say much without giving it away, but I will say that I REALLY liked how it ended.

And dang it!  Now I gotta read the next in the series, Sound, because you can’t just leave the series hanging where it did in Settling.  It’s not fair!  I’ll be waiting for Sound to be published and I’ll be one of the first in line to buy it.

On my geeky rating scale of 0-100 degrees Celsius, 100 degrees being boiling (red-hot awesome), Settling started out cool, but heated up at the end.  As I read, I wasn’t sure it would make it close to boiling, but it did.

Settling is 97 degrees C