Series: H&W Investigations #4
Published by Kensington Publishing, Zebra Books on July 2, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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The Others--vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night--don't just live in nightmares anymore. They've joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem. . .
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head. . .and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town--namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who'd like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce's suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten--literally--in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them--and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge. . .
Forsaken by the Others is the next book in Jess Haines‘s awesome paranormal series about a female P.I. who learns that there is more to the world than just humans, animals, bugs and various other things in nature. It’s a pretty fantastic ride. Forsaken by the Others begins with where the story left off in Stalking the Others, which was a rollicking good time, yes?
In this story, we find that Shiarra has pissed off a lot of people and needs to get out of New York quickly, so she can stay safe while tempers and bloodlust, mainly for hers, cool down. She heads for Los Angeles but something is rotten and gross–vampires are getting killed off by zombies. It isn’t pretty and it stinks, literally. Shiarra is dragged into another job to locate the person controlling the zombies by the person who is supposed to be harboring her.
I love the fact that the story begins where Stalking the Others ends. It is like a television series that picks up right where it left off last season with a cliffhanger. It made me happy to see what would happen next. We meet some new characters, and run into an old enemy (who appeared in an earlier book). I had a lot of fun reading the shenanigans of Shiarra, Royce, and their friends.
However, I had a moment where I disconnected from Shiarra. While the story has a great pace and a good premise, I felt that she went from kickass heroine to very woe-is-me, everything-is-my-fault about three quarters into the book. She blames herself unnecessarily for the problems her friends face, even after they accept that there wasn’t much anyone could do to avoid the pitfalls from previous books. By trying to assuage her own guilt, Shiarra makes things worse–in the form of an old enemy. Her attitude really got to me, in that whiny schoolgirl way, and disgruntled me. It also totally threw me for a loop and made me do a double-take. If it’s one thing I really can’t stand, it’s a whiny character, in real life, and in a book.
I hope that this changes with the next book, and Shiarra returns to her strong persona. After all, she not only has managed to survive this long through all the dealings and run-ins with the Others, but she also has learned more about herself and her strengths.
And now, I’m looking forward to the next book in the H&W Investigations series, and I hope you are too!