The Gift: Penance (The Gift Legacy, #4) by J.P. McLean



The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

In Book IV, The Gift: Penance, the Tribunal Novem is coerced into a deal with International Covert Operations to protect the secrecy of the gift, and Emelynn Taylor must pay the penalty for her role in baring the secret. She goes undercover to unravel a dangerous drug ring. But who’s chasing whom? Stalked by an ancient and dangerous society; Intimidated by devious law-enforcers; Threatened by friends—old and new … Can Emelynn play this new deadly game and navigate her way to safe shores?

Genre(s): Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, Suspense
Series: The Gift Legacy, #4
Length: 320 pages
Release date: 2015-05-30


I’d just passed 608 when the click of an opening door startled me. I froze in place just beyond the elevator and slammed my block into place. Two men exited an apartment close to the end of the hall and trotted toward me. The smaller one with the goatee tugged a watch cap over his ears. The other was a step behind and didn’t have a single hair on his head. They book looked like trouble and though I knew they couldn’t see me, they could certainly hear me. I checked my breathing and flattened like wallpaper, letting them pass. Would I ever get used to hiding in plain sight?

My Opinion

This book reunites the readers with Emelynn Taylor – in need to work undercover to keep the deal with the ICO.

With The Gift: Penance, J. P. McLean has once again created a thrilling combination of mystery, paranormal, urban fantasy, and a touch of romance with steamy situations. It is a compelling read centred on Emelynn, drawing you close to her. J. P. McLean paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets while the story evolves. In this fourth story, I was drawn even closer to Em – again an invisible friend and ally; trying to find the culprits with her. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues. The story is a very nicely woven combination of several genres, has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I had a great time reading The Gift: Penance.

This is a book for you if you like mysteries or paranormal romance with a very urban touch and believable characters, some strewn in steamy situations, and some violent events.

The stunning fourth book in The Gift Legacy series!

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳 – 😡


About the author

Raised in the greater Toronto area in Ontario, J.P. McLean lived in various parts of North America from Mexico and Arizona to Alberta and Ontario before settling on the coast of British Columbia. Ms. McLean holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia. She left a successful career in Human Resources before turning her attention to writing.

Ms. McLean is an accomplished cook and gardener who reads voraciously. She currently lives with her husband and two wheaten terriers on one of the northern Gulf Islands off the eastern shore of Vancouver Island.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Gift: Penance?  Or – if you did not yet read The Gift: Penance – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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