Series: H&W Investigations #4
Published by Kensington Publishing on July 3, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Vampires, werewolves, mages–the Others are very real, and wreaking havoc in Shiarra Waynest’s life. But now, she’s returning the favor…
Once, she was one of the good guys–or as close as a New York P.I. can get. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. And Shia’s recent betrayal by her ex-boyfriend means that she may be on the verge of becoming a rogue werewolf at the next full moon.
Of course, with all the threats against her, Shia’s not sure she’ll live long enough to find out. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police. Instead of going into hiding, Shia is enlisting the aid of her enchanted hunter’s belt and every dirty P.I. trick she knows. If she’s going down, she’ll take out as many of her enemies as she can–and hope that in the process, she keeps whatever humanity she has left…
I got an email way back when, let’s say the beginning of the year… ish… from Jess Haines, asking if I would like to review her latest, Stalking the Others? Of course I jumped on that bandwagon and I swear she could see the fireworks shooting out of my ears and the stars in my eyes, even though we live on opposite coasts. It’s because she has telephoto lenses for eyeballs. Don’t ask, just appreciate.
I really liked this book. Seriously. For serious. This is one of my favorite series, for a reason: Jess is funny as shit.
Let’s begin, shall we?
Royce: hot, yummy. Ok, well technically he’s not “hot” because he’s a vampire and we all know vampires are stone cold. Can I get a high five? No? Okay, well… Vampire jokes aside, Royce has a deadpan humor and stamina of a guy who’s been a vampire for a really long time. Idon’t know what that means, either, rest assured, but I thought it was a good line. Like Royce thinks that blue line in your neck is a good line.
Shiarra: still a hot mess, still a human, still got werewolf scent permeating her pores.
Chaz: still a douchecanoe of a werewolf and shitty boyfriend.
The Belt: still a douchenozzle of a vengeful dead guy.
Oh good god, Shiarra cracks me up. It’s too much to hope that she will straighten her shit out, like Tara has started to do on Trueblood. YES VAMPIRE REFERENCE YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
This installment of the H&W Investigations series just continues the awesome that is Jess Haines’ humor and the antics she gets her characters to endure. As with the previous books in the series, Jess’ unique comedic writing style is portrayed and emphasized every time Shiarra takes a leap of misguided faith with the Belt or Royce shuts Shiarra down with his dry wit and sarcasm. We also see the really well done interactions between the White Hats and Shiarra as well as the twists and turns Shiarra encounters with the White Hats and Royce. There is also something shocking about the White Hats that I think you’ll find particularly interesting.
Wildfire, hair raising, temperature cooling adventures and mishaps abound and I seriously cannot continue this review without giving spoilers so I will end here and let you know this book ends with a cliffhanger bang.
Go read this book, you will need Puffs tissues for the laughter tears and probably a rescue inhaler. Good luck!