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Posted November 8, 2013
When OWEA agent Beatrice Davis is awakened in the wee hours of t
When OWEA agent Beatrice Davis is awakened in the wee hours of the morning by a knock on her door, the last person who she expects to encounter is her vampire ex-lover, Claude Desmairis. Claude is also one of the last people she wants to see, but Beatrice has a secret power: she has visions of deaths that assist her in crime solving, and Claude desperately needs her help. As they work together, old sparks start flying again, making Beatrice wonder if maybe, this time around, she and Claude might have a shot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This novella will definitely keep you on your toes! Balancing suspense with romance, Allee tells the story of two ex-lovers who struggle to stay professional and focus on the case that they need to solve, despite the lingering attraction that they feel for each other. She does a good job of portraying the romantic tension between them. As for the mystery, there are some really great plot twists involved in this, especially near the end.
Be warned, this book is graphic in multiple ways! The language is frequently vulgar - the book is littered with f-bombs, and as I've mentioned in some of my other reviews, I view excessive profanity as a sign of weak writing, because I feel that there are usually more eloquent and tasteful means of expression, even in times of volatile anger. There are also some pretty violent scenes and the sex scenes are fairly explicit, as well. Allee makes no claims to target a young audience, but if you are sensitive to vulgar language, violence, or sex, you may want to skip this.
Prior to reading this, I did not realize it was part of a series, and as a result, I was definitely confused at times. There were some instances where Allee very briefly explained certain key elements of background information, such as the fuction of the OWEA and the nature of interactions between humans and supernatural creatures. However, I am confident that if you read the other three books in the series prior to reading this book, you won't experience any of these problems. While it is possible to understand the gist of the story without reading the other books, I think that it would definitely be helpful to read them beforehand and if I have time, I would eventually like to read the rest of the series.
I wish that this book had been written as a novel rather than a novella. I think that it has really great potential as a full-length novel - Allee could have gone more in-depth with the mystery, as well as the romance between Claude and Beatrice. I feel that because of the brevity of the story, the romance was very rushed and felt undeveloped. I wish that Allee had chosen to write a longer story so that she could have developed these elements more.
Overall, this is a quick but satisfying read! It meets all of the requirements of a novella and if you're looking for something that you can start and finish in a brief amount of time, but still have a good story, I think that this would be a good pick for you.
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy of this novella from Entangled Publishing, but in no way did this influence my review of the book.
Posted November 3, 2013
First I have to say, I liked the book but I think it would
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First I have to say, I liked the book but I think it would have been better if I had read a book of "Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency before - so I would have a better insight on the world building.
this story expects from its reader that you already know a lot of this world - which was a drawback for me but I think it so interesting that I will read the first book of this series as well.
the idea about the Beatrice was great - she can read the last emotional impression on an item. Claude, a old vampire who works for the Agency and with whom she had a relationship, comes to her for help regarding a murder case. but a lot of things are off and Beatrice stays with Claude to discover the background of this case. this brings them more together and their feelings for each other grow again and there are some hot scenes in there
the book is written from Beatrices view and we learn during the story a lot about her history and how she became like she is. unfortunately the same is not true for Claude - there were a lot of questions about him, which were not answered thoroughly enough for me.
the same is for their relationship, it was a permanent up-and-down and the last hurdle was in my opinion rather neglected.
All in all it was a nice and interesting read and I will definitely read more from this author
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Posted October 28, 2013
This is the first in the series that I've read and I can say tha
This is the first in the series that I've read and I can say that I'm definitely not disappointed. I've always enjoyed books with Law enforcement agencies for the paranormal. So this was really neat. I really liked both of the main characters in this, Claude and Beatrice. You could definitely feel the chemistry between them. But Claude also really hurt Bea so you feel for her. The story was intriguing without being to dark. Bea can get visions from objects to help solve crimes. Claude comes to her off the books wanting her to see if she could see the person behind a series of murders. When Bea gets the vision the face she sees is someone that haunted her past. They both want to stop these crimes but Claude feels that her vision isn't right and Bea needs to find the truth. There's a lot of unresolved issues between them but still a friendliness and heat. It was an overall good book. I love all the different paranormal creatures that pop up. I will definitely grab the rest in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2013
I received copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest r
I received copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. When I requested this book I was unaware that it was part of a series. It can be read stand-alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
She’s seen the past…
OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.
The truth won’t stay buried…
Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.
As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.
Vampire Claude shows up at Beatrice’s door to ask for help. He needs her gift to help solve his case. They have a past and it keeps getting in the way. They need to resolve their issues in order to solve the case. Loved the mystery aspect. Maybe if I had read earlier installments in this series I would have liked the characters more. The story stands on its own the love affair not as well but overall I enjoyed this book.