Well, Lacey is back at it again—wrestling with her demons and trying to figure out if there are others worth caring about and saving. The latest short story in the Back to Bad series, “Audacious”, picks up right where “Malicious” left off. Even though I only read “Malicious” a few short months ago, I had to go back and read the last few pages to jog my memory as I was a bit foggy on where I last left Lacey and Jose.
While there is great forward movement in Lacey’s story in “Audacious”, I feel, the closer we get to the conclusion of the story that Lacey is losing a bit of her bite. However, I suppose you can only get kicked in the teeth so many times before you start to think, “Perhaps I should get a bit of help in trying to confront the demons (real and psychological) in my life.”
I always want more Lacey by the time I get to the end of one of the Back to Bad short stories. I envy the late adopters to this series because they will be able to read all 5 stories back-to-back at break neck speed. While I did enjoy this latest installment, I wouldn’t mind if the later stories were longer and provided a bit more of a wrap up. As a reviewer, it is getting more difficult to judge each story as a stand alone without a bit of a conclusion at the end of each installment.