3.5 starsWell…book 2, “Criss Cross” was a weaker follow up. It just didn’t quite live up to the intro that was “Among the Living”.It was twice as funny. It was half as smart.There were times, from early on, that I wanted to grab Vic and say, “duh…you DO know what’s going on here, right?” And for 3/4 of the book, Vic’s actions would reply “I have no idea”. Ugh…I can’t adore you if you’re going to be this thick, Vic. Add the new characters all kinda annoyed me…and yes, that includes Crash. I wasn’t feeling this one as much as I was feeling book 1. And what’s up with Maurice just popping in and out of scenes randomly? Is the guy retired or not? Thankfully, Vic’s inner-monologue did manage to have me chortling out loud many a time. Jacob woke up a little and there were a couple pretty smoking smut scenes (my favorite being some very hot shower sex at the end) that smoothed over my irritations a bit. But, all in all, book 2 brought me down from my high…just a little.