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Ian Becker adjusts to pack life after his co-worker, Kate Hale, makes a generous offer. He’s determined to prevent negative consequences for her, except in his line of work that might be an impossible promise. This is a 40,000 word novella in The Outlier Prophecies world. This story can be read out of order from the main series. Big Bad Becker takes place between book one Ian Becker adjusts to pack life after his co-worker, Kate Hale, makes a generous offer. He’s determined to prevent negative consequences for her, except in his line of work that might be an impossible promise. This is a 40,000 word novella in The Outlier Prophecies world. This story can be read out of order from the main series. Big Bad Becker takes place between book one, Romancing the Null, and book two, Conditional Probability of Attraction. Books in The Outlier Prophecies Series: Romancing the Null (book one) Conditional Probability of Attraction (book two) The Werewolf Coefficient (book three) Standard Deviation of Death (book four) Shifter Variance (book five~fall 2016)


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Ian Becker adjusts to pack life after his co-worker, Kate Hale, makes a generous offer. He’s determined to prevent negative consequences for her, except in his line of work that might be an impossible promise. This is a 40,000 word novella in The Outlier Prophecies world. This story can be read out of order from the main series. Big Bad Becker takes place between book one Ian Becker adjusts to pack life after his co-worker, Kate Hale, makes a generous offer. He’s determined to prevent negative consequences for her, except in his line of work that might be an impossible promise. This is a 40,000 word novella in The Outlier Prophecies world. This story can be read out of order from the main series. Big Bad Becker takes place between book one, Romancing the Null, and book two, Conditional Probability of Attraction. Books in The Outlier Prophecies Series: Romancing the Null (book one) Conditional Probability of Attraction (book two) The Werewolf Coefficient (book three) Standard Deviation of Death (book four) Shifter Variance (book five~fall 2016)

30 review for Big Bad Becker

  1. 4 out of 5

    K. Lincoln

    4.5 stars, actually. It's pretty difficult for me to award more than 4 starts to a Novella that basically acts as an interim story between two actual books in the series. A Novella that doesn't resolve anything, a novella that basically just stops at the end.....and yet I'm giving this one 4.5? I've pretty much only given interim short stories/novellas by like Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs that high a score before. I don't know, maybe I'm in a good mood? Maybe it's because this Novella picks up 4.5 stars, actually. It's pretty difficult for me to award more than 4 starts to a Novella that basically acts as an interim story between two actual books in the series. A Novella that doesn't resolve anything, a novella that basically just stops at the end.....and yet I'm giving this one 4.5? I've pretty much only given interim short stories/novellas by like Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs that high a score before. I don't know, maybe I'm in a good mood? Maybe it's because this Novella picks up at the end of the first Outlier Prophecy Novel where main character Actuary Kate and her main foil, policeman Ian Becker have solved a case that simultaneously uncovered a deeper darker possibility and also entered into an untraditional relationship. I don't really recommend reading this Novella as an intro to the series, there's too much backstory making Becker and Kate's relationship issues delicious. But I totally suggest reading it if you've at least read the first in the series. While the first book is mostly Kate's POV, this is mostly Becker's POV and there's alot of longing from afar, and dealing with the issues of Becker's attachments to Kate getting all mixed up with his werewolf Pack longings, etc. There's a lot of sleeping together...but mostly when Kate is actually sleeping or sleepy. Fear not, shippers, this Novella doesn't introduce anything too drastic before you get to book two. And while the criminal investigation isn't that titillating, the question of how Becker will control himself, if Kate's cousin witchy Ali or Becker's partner Hank will upset their carefully balanced tightrope act, etc. etc. So shippers will love this, people more focused on plot maybe not so much. And as I mentioned, it stops abruptly, but I've already got the second book so I'm ready to plunge on ahead.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shymsal

    This novella might help readers understand Becker a bit better, but I didn't think it gave me any more insight than my reading of the main series novels did. Storywise, you get a better handle on his actions (some of which weren't clarified in the main books). I like both Kate and Becker, but think they'd both be better served if they'd just have a little more self-worth and courage and tell each other how they feel. A lot of their problems are self-made and this mealy-mouthedness makes me irrita This novella might help readers understand Becker a bit better, but I didn't think it gave me any more insight than my reading of the main series novels did. Storywise, you get a better handle on his actions (some of which weren't clarified in the main books). I like both Kate and Becker, but think they'd both be better served if they'd just have a little more self-worth and courage and tell each other how they feel. A lot of their problems are self-made and this mealy-mouthedness makes me irritated with this otherwise fairly intelligent couple. On the whole, while this world of fading magic that Ms. Gower has created needs more explication, I am happy enough with the overall story that I am willing to wait for it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Revealing Excellent novella! I read the entire series and got Kate’s viewpoint on their relationship and this story is Becker’s view on it. It is interesting to read a man’s view on the relationship with a woman in this case it is pack.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donne Knudsen

    This book was so silly and ridiculous it was funny. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My full review is also available at http://papercraneseandd.blogspot.com/... Ever since this novella was announced, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was dying for a look into The Outlier Prophecies from Ian Becker’s point of view, because I wanted to understand him better as a character. I wanted to know more about his day-to-day life and more into his past, and Big Bad Becker gave me exactly what I was looking for. Big Bad Becker tak I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My full review is also available at http://papercraneseandd.blogspot.com/... Ever since this novella was announced, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was dying for a look into The Outlier Prophecies from Ian Becker’s point of view, because I wanted to understand him better as a character. I wanted to know more about his day-to-day life and more into his past, and Big Bad Becker gave me exactly what I was looking for. Big Bad Becker takes place between books 1 and 2 of The Outlier Prophecies and fills in small amounts of information to readers. Would I recommend reading it right after finishing book one? Probably. It doesn’t hurt to read them in the order they were written, but the events of Big Bad Becker makes some more of his behavior in latter books more understandable when you see where he’s coming from. But at the same time, waiting to read it allows you to go through the exact same “Oh my God, just shut up and kiss each other!” feelings that I went through in the later books, whereas if you read the novella in after book one, you might find yourself more understanding of Becker being standoffish when it comes to having a relationship with Kate. Getting a better glimpse into Becker’s world was amazing. I enjoyed getting to see him interact with his dads, even if it was just through phone calls, and learning more about what it was like for Becker growing up as an adopted werewolf. His dads were awesome, I’d put them in the same category as Lipski and maybe even Ali because they tend to call it like they see it as well. I also gained more appreciation for the relationship between Lipski and Becker, seeing how much they care for each other and how well they work together as police officers. The contrast of Becker working with another officer and how didn’t work as well was excellent. Stubborn Becker even admitted to himself that it didn't work! But as always, I loved how much Lipski just called Becker out on his shit left and right. And and and! We get to see Jack again! Becker’s visit with Jack was great. No spoilers, but Jack is awesome. My only small complaint would be that reading Big Bad Becker in third person was a little strange to me when all the rest of the books (even though they were from Kate’s POV) have been in first person. It’s a minor consistency thing that was strange to me at first, but I got used to it once I got into the story. (So like by page 2…) Overall, this novella was a brilliant idea because it allows readers to understand Becker a little better. Awesome job!

  6. 5 out of 5

    K

    This review is cross-posted to Amazon. I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. This novella features a shift in point of view character from Kate to Becker. When you're looking at Becker from Kate's perspective, it's easy to fall in love with him. In Big Bad Becker, it's impossible not to. Big Bad Becker takes place between Romancing the Null and Conditional Probability of Attraction. New characters and a deeper understanding of Becker's attraction to and fear of Kate This review is cross-posted to Amazon. I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. This novella features a shift in point of view character from Kate to Becker. When you're looking at Becker from Kate's perspective, it's easy to fall in love with him. In Big Bad Becker, it's impossible not to. Big Bad Becker takes place between Romancing the Null and Conditional Probability of Attraction. New characters and a deeper understanding of Becker's attraction to and fear of Kate make this companion a must-read for fans of the series. I only hope that Gower writes another just like it to fit between Conditional Probability of Attraction and The Werewolf Coefficient.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hines

    *I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* If you enjoyed Romancing the Null and Conditional Probability of Attraction then you'll enjoy seeing how things are from Becker's POV. I do suggest reading this after book one, otherwise if you read it later then it seems more like a flashback. An 'oh yeah, I remember that' will more than likely cross your mind like it did mine. You don't really learn any more about the storyline, but you do find out why Becker acts the w *I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* If you enjoyed Romancing the Null and Conditional Probability of Attraction then you'll enjoy seeing how things are from Becker's POV. I do suggest reading this after book one, otherwise if you read it later then it seems more like a flashback. An 'oh yeah, I remember that' will more than likely cross your mind like it did mine. You don't really learn any more about the storyline, but you do find out why Becker acts the way he does sometimes and why he attempts to put distance between him and Kate...even though that part never seems to work out as he plans. Big Bad Becker is a nice addition to the series and it answers a lot of questions about him. Now I'm ready for book five, Shifter Variance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joie

    I have been reading this series from the beginning. All of the regular number books are from Kate's perspective. I often wonder what exactly is going through Becker's mind being that he is so moody and conflicted about things. Well I don't have to wonder any more. This was a great in-between book. His thoughts are just as jumbled as I imagined and it was awesome. The guy's view was so informative and had me understand more of the dynamic between the two main characters in the series. Need some m I have been reading this series from the beginning. All of the regular number books are from Kate's perspective. I often wonder what exactly is going through Becker's mind being that he is so moody and conflicted about things. Well I don't have to wonder any more. This was a great in-between book. His thoughts are just as jumbled as I imagined and it was awesome. The guy's view was so informative and had me understand more of the dynamic between the two main characters in the series. Need some more in-betweeners!

  9. 5 out of 5

    daniel m sorgman

    Enjoyed reading this book Loved this book as well as the other books. Hope there are many more books by this author, Tina Gower.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.

    I love how well the author shows this relationship from the male point-of-view. This story fills in a lot of the questions I had about the other books in the series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Loved this mini-story from Becker's view, plus it really helps to flesh out the supporting characters in the rest of the series. ETA: Reread it, and still just love Becker. Loved this mini-story from Becker's view, plus it really helps to flesh out the supporting characters in the rest of the series. ETA: Reread it, and still just love Becker.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  15. 5 out of 5

    J.ursicbent

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee H

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie-Ann

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  19. 4 out of 5

    ART

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tea

  21. 5 out of 5

    Witchy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  24. 5 out of 5

    Margit

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erinw

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shrn

  27. 5 out of 5

    Snow_Devil

  28. 5 out of 5

    H

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terps2225

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angie

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