Banshee Charmer

Banshee Charmer

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by Tiffany Allee

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A paranormal category romance novella from Entangled's Covet imprint...

She's not immune to his charms...

Paranormal detective Kiera "Mac" McLoughlin has a serial killer on her hands. Two women are dead-naked, and no obvious cause of death. Aidan Byrne, an investigator with the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, confirms her


A paranormal category romance novella from Entangled's Covet imprint...

She's not immune to his charms...

Paranormal detective Kiera "Mac" McLoughlin has a serial killer on her hands. Two women are dead-naked, and no obvious cause of death. Aidan Byrne, an investigator with the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, confirms her suspicions. He's hot, enigmatic, and just so damned charming. Almost charming enough to distract Mac...until her female partner becomes the killer's next victim.

Now Mac's off the case and sneaking behind her department's back to pursue the investigation with Aidan-and desperately trying to fight her attraction to him. Each lead is starting to form the same conclusion: incubi, who have been extinct for at least century. But Aidan has a few secrets he's hiding. And as Mac struggles to keep her libido in check, she wonders if she's falling for Aidan...or falling for a killer.

Previously released on Entangled's Ever After imprint - January 2012

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Banshee Charmer

From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency

By Tiffany Allee, Kerry Vail

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Tiffany Allee
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ISBN: 978-1-62266-882-3


"What do we got, Aggie?"

The detective pulled a handkerchief from his back pocket and wiped at the sweat beaded on the top of his bald head. Some people might have assumed his reaction was nerves, but I knew it had to be hot in the house he'd just walked out of. Detective Joe Agrusa had been on the job for nearly twenty-five years, and only Mrs. Agrusa could make him nervous enough to sweat.

"What we got is a body. A weird one," he said.

"No shit? Here I was thinking you called me out because you're so damned fond of me."

He grinned, revealing a set of crooked but stain-free teeth. "You wish, freak hunter."

Aggie was human, shorter than me but at least twice my weight. I was usually the shortest woman in the room, which made the detective pretty damned short for a man. I looked down at him and snorted. "Fill me in."

He raised an eyebrow at my tone.

I kept my face straight, just barely. "Don't make me scream it out of you."

"Shit, Mac. All the years my wife's been nagging me and you think I'm not immune to a banshee? A half-assed one at that?"

The laugh bubbled out of my chest, and I choked it down. Only Aggie, of all the normals I worked with, would joke about my half-banshee status so easily. He realized what most cops didn't — that it didn't make me a whole helluva lot more dangerous than them. Oh, I could stun with a scream. Kill even, if given a lot of time or a weakened person. But I wasn't much more dangerous than a perp with a gun. Most of the normal cops just saw a freak. The thought smothered my lingering urge to laugh.

"Don't got any info for you, Mac. Not a crazed lycanthrope or goblin or anything like that. This one's downright creepy. You're gonna have to see for yourself."

I stifled a sigh. Aggie wasn't on the "freak squad," the affectionate term the normal cops gave the paranormal unit, but he'd been around long enough to know when to hand off a case to us. The fact that he was at a loss on this one didn't bode well. There wasn't much the old cop hadn't seen.

I glanced at a red Camry parked across the street. "Looks like Amanda beat me here."

"Yeah, she's inside already. Better get your ass movin'."

I muttered an expletive and trudged up to the front door. It stood ajar, held open with a cinderblock. A couple of uniforms stood in a corner chatting. One pointed down the hall when he saw me, but otherwise the rest ignored me. Some cops did their best to pretend the freak squad didn't exist, figuring the paranormal unit cops freaks by association.

Then again, most of us were freaks — and not by association.

A dark-haired Amazon stood over the bed, blocking the body from view. Amanda Franklin took three things very seriously: her job, her witchcraft, and her bodybuilding. All of which made her a great partner. We shared our hair color and penchant to exercise, but that's where our resemblance ended. My hair was wavy and generally pulled back out of my face, and Amanda towered over my five foot three inch frame.

The crime scene was in a standard master bedroom, nicely decorated if you didn't mind all surfaces covered in some sort of flora or fauna, both actual plants and plants printed on every available fabric in the room. Everything looked to be in its place and nothing indicated a struggle. Only a slight scent of something off touched the air. Not dead long, then.

I sidestepped to avoid a young guy carrying an evidence bag in one hand and a hard, metal specimen collection case in the other. A woman, mid-to-late twenties, lay spread- eagle on the bed, hands above her head, naked and wide-eyed. Her wrists were covered in purple and brown bruises, and her long, red hair fanned the pillow under her head. Other than the bruising, there were no obvious injuries.

"Vampire?" I asked. The bite marks from a vampire could be hidden, from a casual examiner anyway. The bite might be between her legs, behind a knee, on the back of her neck, or otherwise concealed under her body.

Amanda shook her head and tapped the file folder in her hand against her palm. "Medical Examiner just left." She pointed at the woman's legs. "Bruising on her thighs, mostly hidden by how she's lying, and on the wrists. No other marks visible. We'll know for sure when they get her back to the morgue, but I looked after the ME left and didn't see anything."

I frowned. If Amanda didn't find anything, there wasn't anything to find. "Are you thinking rape?"

"Well, it looks like she had sex before she died. Rape's a strong possibility considering the bruising. But the dead part — no clear explanation on that."

"Could be natural. Maybe a stroke or something. Her guy — if he was still here when it happened — took off because he was scared."

Amanda handed me the folder. "I'd agree with you, if this was the first one."

I flipped open the file. A woman's photo had been paper-clipped in front of the police report. She was brown-haired with glasses, and rather plain-looking by her picture, at least compared to the striking redhead on the bed.

"Why didn't we hear about this?"

"Normals called it death by natural causes. They didn't have any reason not to. Just like this, no marks, no blood. Less bruising on that one too, so they didn't see a reason to call us in. ME says both show signs of sex shortly before death."

"Hmm." I flipped through the first few pages of the file and skimmed. Claire Simons, twenty-six years old, single, no kids. Found dead of apparent natural causes, nude with minor bruising on her legs. No mention of bruising on her wrists.

"What do you think?" she asked.

"Not sure. The sex thing makes me think succubus, but I haven't heard of one killing her victims, and I've never heard of a succubus going for a woman — let alone two. Maybe an incubus, but incubi have been extinct since ..."

"1850 or so."

"Sounds right. Vampire, we'd see some sort of marking." I sighed and looked back at the victim. Her lips were turned up slightly, like she was smiling. Creepy indeed. "You already call in for a sensitive?"

"Yeah, but we're looking at a couple of days." She grimaced. "Budget cuts."

"What about Holmes?"

Amanda shrugged. "Out of town."

It figured that the only sensitive on the squad would be unavailable. Sensitives could sense trace magic left behind when otherworlders used their powers. They were rare, and hiring one outside of the police department cost a pretty penny.

"Anything you can do?" I fanned myself with the file. No wonder Aggie had been sweating.

"Maybe, but forensics isn't going to let me muck up the scene with spell ingredients and a circle." Amanda pulled a small pair of scissors and a tiny plastic evidence baggy from her pocket. I turned to face the door and scanned the hall to make sure we were still alone, giving her a discreet thumbs-up behind my back.

A witch testing a victim's hair wasn't illegal or against regulations, even for an amateur witch, but with paperwork and procedures it could take upward of a week for approvals to be processed. Amateur witches like Amanda tested for licenses that allowed them to perform certain lower-tier spells. Unlike the rare Covenant witches, they weren't allowed to work for profit. Regulations didn't specifically prohibit Amanda from using magic to gain leads, but anything she did find would have to be duplicated by a contracted Covenant witch for it to be admissible in court.

After hearing a quick snip, I turned around. The evidence bag and scissors had disappeared back into Amanda's pocket. The victim was now short a few strands of hair, a small enough amount that no one was likely to notice.

A week was a long time to wait when hunting a potential serial killer.

"Maybe the women weren't murdered. Could just be an unfortunate coincidence," I said.

"Hah," Amanda replied without humor. "What's the first thing I told you when you made detective and were assigned as my partner?"

I opened the victim's file and looked at her picture. "There's no such thing as coincidences."


"What're you thinking?"

"I agree it sounds like a succubus, but I want to see what the ME finds with the autopsy. Succubus wouldn't really fit if she had sex with a man right before she died."

"Unless the sex isn't connected with the death."

"Doubtful, but not impossible." Amanda stared at the woman as if the answers might materialize if she only looked hard enough.

"Divide and conquer?"

Amanda frowned. "Probably best. You talk to the Medical Examiner in the morning so I can work my mojo without Lieutenant Vasquez butting in."

The lieutenant didn't approve of Amanda using witchcraft for cases — then again, he didn't approve of much that wasn't strictly human in nature. And there were some definite stirrings in local governments as the Covenant pushed for making amateur witches use of magic in solving police cases illegal. Publicly, the Covenant questioned the expertise of amateur witches, but I suspected protecting their witches' pocketbooks was their real motivation. Their services cost police departments around the country significant cash.

"What, too sleepy to do it tonight?" A grin crept onto my face despite my best efforts to keep my expression blank.

Amanda raised an eyebrow at me. "I need my beauty sleep. You think shit this gorgeous comes without sacrifice?"

I barked out a quick laugh.

"Shops are closed. Unless you have some wormwood in your bra, we're SOL until morning," Amanda said.

"Sorry, left all my magical herbs in my other bra."

A smile flashed across Amanda's face, and she walked to the front of the house. I gave the victim one last glance and followed.

The two uniforms chatted in the corner. About their latest conquest or size of their guns, no doubt. Their conversation faded as we approached and the younger officer took in Amanda's fit body with barely concealed interest while the other kept his expression carefully neutral — a sure sign of a man trying not to sneer at the freaks. Amanda never failed to gain the attention of the younger generation. Those men weren't so bogged down by prejudice that a witch wasn't fair game. Their glances rarely shifted my direction. Having banshee powers — even stunted ones like mine — just wasn't sexy, despite my decent figure. Sure I didn't look any different from the average normal. But, my human appearance, as nicely packaged as it was, wasn't enough to counteract the fact that I was a half-banshee. And my banshee nature was well-known, especially among my fellow officers. Banshees had a reputation for being scary creatures — not sexy ones.

The crisp air licked my skin as we made our way to Amanda's car. Safely out of hearing range of our fellow officers, Amanda pulled a pack of cigarettes from her inner pocket and tapped one out. The fire from her lighter flashed and I blinked.

"Don't give me that look."

"I'm not looking at you," I grumbled, continuing to glare at her cigarette. Amanda only smoked when a case really got to her. Her one vice lingered despite her best efforts to control her life with a stranglehold grip. Considering the stress of the job, smoking was pretty damn harmless compared to what she could be doing to cope. It bugged me enough to give her a dirty look, but I wasn't about to criticize her aloud for a single weakness.

Not with everything she'd done for me.

I shook my head to clear my thoughts, and for the first time noticed her eyeliner and fading lipstick. "So how'd the date go?"

She crinkled her nose. "He canceled. I canceled the last one. I don't think a doctor and a cop are capable of dating. If my schedule isn't screwed, his is. Been over a month since we've met for a cup of coffee."

"Want a hug?" I opened my arms wide and grinned at her.

"Shit." She chuckled and tapped her cigarette lightly, releasing ash into the breeze.

I put my arms down and returned her smile. A van emblazoned with Lake County Coroner on the side pulled up and two youngish-looking men jumped out and headed for the back of the van. Damn, we were farther north than I'd realized. Those guys weren't going to be happy this body was headed to the city. One of the charms of working the paranormal unit was covering the entire Chicagoland area. Given our expertise, and most local cops' unwillingness to work OW cases, that area tended to cover Wisconsin to Iowa and far enough south of the city to see corn growing.

"You've come a long way, you know."

Unsure of how to respond, I stared at the ember tipping the end of her cigarette.

"You didn't even throw up."

"I haven't puked since my first case!" My face burned, hot against the coolness of the night air. "Besides, this vic was in one piece."

Amanda leaned against her car and smiled. "A heck of a first case. Nothing makes a mess quite like a lycanthrope catching her husband cheating."

Damn straight. They'd probably had to burn that house down.

* * *

The second I walked into my house, the hair stood on the back of my neck. Nothing seemed disturbed at first glance. My door was locked, and the small table next to the door still held the decorative box where I threw my keys every night. A print of Monet's Garden Path hung straight on the wall across from the front door. But something was wrong. A smell in the air maybe, or an imperfect silence that was usually perfect. Whatever the subtle clue, my subconscious translated it to a bad feeling in my gut. Not for the first time in my career as a cop, I wished I possessed the abilities of a sensitive.

I pulled my 9mm from its shoulder holster and crept into my living room. Light glowed from the dining room. Pretty certain I hadn't left a light on, I eased forward. I took a deep breath and held the air in my lungs, in case whatever waited for me couldn't be hurt with bullets.

I swung my gun up then rounded the corner into my dining room. A man — or something that looked like one anyway — sat at the oak table. He was reading a book. A cup of coffee rested on a coaster in front of him and he'd propped sock-covered feet on my table. Settled in, right at home.

I gaped, unsure of what to say. My face grew hot when I saw the cover of the book in his hand. A beautiful woman held in the arms of a tall, too-handsome hero with abs of steel graced the cover of the romance novel. I barely resisted the urge to shoot him. Who says I don't have fan-freaking-tastic self-control?

"Who are you?" I finally spluttered out.

He set the book down and smiled at me. It was one heck of a smile on one heck of a face. A strong jaw covered in five o'clock shadow, dark eyes, and a head of messy black hair set on a very fit, long body.

"Ah, Kiera McLoughlin, I presume?" I thought I detected a slight Irish lilt to his voice, but if he had an accent, it was subtle. He took his feet off the table, moving slowly.

"Presume away. Who are you and what are you doing in my house?"

His smiled turned into a full-on flirtatious grin. "Why don't you put your gun away so we can talk? About your interesting taste in books, perhaps."

I glared at him, face burning. Handsome or not, I was in charge in my own house. "No way, cupcake. Tell me who you are and I might consider putting my gun away."

He sighed, his chest pressing against his tight T-shirt. I glared harder.

"All right. My name is Aidan Byrne. I'm here to talk to you about the murders you're investigating."

I lowered my gun a few inches, more because of the weight than any level of trust I felt toward the stranger. "You a witness or something, Aidan? There're safer ways to report your info than breaking into a cop's house."

"Not a witness. I'm a cop, too. OWEA. I think we're looking for the same killer."

I raised my eyebrows. The Otherworlder Enforcement Agency was similar to the FBI in that they were selective in what they investigated. Generally, they took on paranormal-related crimes that crossed state lines or OW cases that needed resources outside of what a standard police department could pull together.

"So this perp has killed in other jurisdictions?"

"We think so."


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Tiffany Allee lives in Phoenix, AZ and is happily engaged to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, and her nights writing and bothering her cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.

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Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 15 reviews.
bookobsessedmomma More than 1 year ago
I've read many paranormal stories, but this was the first time I've read about a Banshee! That part intrigued me as much as did the synopsis of the story! Kiera (Mac) is a detective in the paranormal unit of Chicago Police Department AKA “Freak Division” due to her ethnicity as being part Banshee.  Kiera is on assignment and thinks an Icubus is the one killing the victims, but they are supposedly extinct and that is not helping her crack the case. And then there is her partner turning out to be the next victim which leads her to Aiden..  Aiden works for the OWEA. He is helpful, secretive, charming, and handsome. He flat out makes Kiera feel things she hasn’t in a long time. He is also protective and wants to make sure she isn’t harmed while agreeing to help her find her partner’s killer.  The relationship between Kiera and Aiden was intense. You could see the desire and attraction both had towards one another. I enjoyed watching them together!  However, the question is when Kiera finds out some certain information can she forgive and forget or will it be too late?  If you love the paranormal romance, intense attraction, urban fantasy and mystery this is the right book for you! It is a short story that will captivate you until the end. :)  * I received a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review* 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, fast read. Mystery, romance, and interesting worldbuilding. I can't remember reading a banshee main character before, it was a nice twist.
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AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
A new favorite paranormal series for me. *Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Kiera ‘Mac’ McLoughlin is a Detective with the paranormal unit of the local Chicago Police Dept. As a half-banshee she’s an OW (Otherworlder) and considering the fear people have of banshees, she doesn’t have a lot of close friends. When she and her witch partner Amanda pull a case involving a murdered woman with no apparent COD Amanda decides to use a little witchcraft to try and track down the killer. While Amanda is off doing witchy things Mac goes home to find her house has been invaded by a hunky man named Aidan Byrne with a badge showing he’s from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency (OWEA). He says he believes her case is connected to his and they should combine forces. But is he who he says he is and is this case what it appears to be? When Amanda is murdered and Mac is pulled off the case, she decides to find out on her own. Oh, yeah! Another series for me to dive into. This story had everything I enjoy in a paranormal book: an alternate world to our mundane one where paranormal and mundane live side-by-side, many and varied paranormal entities, murder, villains, mystery, humor and hotness. Banshee Charmer is a great start to what looks like a very interesting series.  The characters are wonderful though I didn’t really get a good sense of Aidan. He’s almost a secondary character and that does bug me a bit. I’m hoping there will be more about him, at least in passing, in upcoming books. Several people are mentioned as working for the paranormal unit and I did get to meet a few of them. I look forward to their stories as well as meeting the others. Well-written with a  decent plot, if you like paranormal with suspense and a cop for a heroine then this one should do the trick.
ssgsc More than 1 year ago
Great book! A mystery/thriller, paranormal romance combo that really worked. (Her writing style reminds me alot like Kim Harrison, in her Rachel Morgan series and that's a good thing!) I can't wait to read the other books in this series.
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Good story with interesting characters.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
Kiera McLoughlin, aka Mac is a Detective with the Freak Squad. A term normals/human cops give to the paranormal unit. She is a half banshee. She investigates paranormal crimes. In Tiffany’s world, humans are more than aware of the paranormal creatures living side by side with them. But they too need to be policed. A woman turns up dead, drained and not of blood. Rules out the ol vampire, maybe Incubus? But they have been extinct since around 1850 . Enter Aidan Byrne from OWEA. The Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, paranormal version of FBI. He has made himself all cosy at Mac’s house, invitation not required. No need to ring the doorbell, apparently..hehe!! Things turn personal when Mac’s partner, a witch is murdered . A mystery ensues of who is the killer and why only women? Throw in a Goblin and some hot smexi and you have a nice start to this series. I thought Mac’s banshee side , could maybe have been used more than the once to remind us that she was infact more than human. I enjoyed Tiffany’s sub characters, human, witch, vampire and succubus. I really like Detective Joe Agrusa aka Aggie, the only human on the Police ‘normal’ Force, that treated her not like a freak. Detective Claude Desmarais , vampire, I liked him too. I hope he makes a bigger appearance in book 2. He is a bit mysterious. I am interested to see where Tiffany takes Aidan and Mac, as , well they have already travelled the hot smexi path. I'm not a huge fan of the guy, I assume to be Aidan, on the book cover, infact I keep seeing 'Grease', yes the movie, reruns of the guys and the way they were dressed, styled. Maybe it's just me, but he isn't at all how I see Aidan. Just saying:D This series has great potential and I am looking forward to delving deeper into some of these characters. FAVE QUOTE: “I am a sex god. That’s my special power.”
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I think that this is the first book I've ever read which features a otherworlder who can kill with her scream. I liked her as a paranormal creature and I like the world that is being created here. This is an interesting premise for a series and I think eventually it will be a really interesting group of books. For this book, as the first in the series, there was a lot to set up and explain and it isn't that long of a novel. As a result, I don't feel like we got to make as deep a connection with the characters as I would have liked. And I would have really gotten to know these characters because I really liked them. Mac is a half-banshee who works for the police force. She's a female cop and half otherworlder...both strikes against her, but she's tough and she holds her own. I liked that about her. Aiden is the Agent from OEA who is working behind the scenes to help her find a serial killer. You can tell from the very beginning that there seems to be more to his character, but you're never quite sure what that is. There is a lot of suspense in this novel as you try to figure out who did it in this huge cast of characters...many of them who have issues which could make them a suspect. There is a lot of intrigue and politics between the humans and various otherworld groups and even the OEA. The suspense was really good, although I would have liked to have seen the danger ramped up just a tiny bit more. Like I said, I had a hard time connecting with the characters in this book, but that may be misleading because I really had a hard time connecting with Aiden in this book. I do realize there was a reason for that. I just feel like I would have been more invested in his and Mac's story if we could have had a bit of the story told from his point of view. I wanted to care about him more. I know this is the start of the series and I have no idea how the next books in the series will interact with this one. I hope that we will get to see some of these characters again as we move forward so we can see how things are working out. For this book I felt like it ended with a Happily For Now and I want to see the Happily Ever After. I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
I received an ecopy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Have you ever read a debut novel that was SO good you couldn't believe it was really a debut? Where you had to go Google the author and find out for yourself if they had ever written and published a book before this one? Well, this is that debut novel! I loved it! Tiffany Allee has written a well thought out novel with a great plot, fully developed characters, a great romance, and enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages throughout! I was first drawn to the book because it was about a half-banshee cop, and I was curious to see how that would work. I can't remember the last time I read a book about banshees, so this was a nice change for me. What I got, though, was a whole lot more than just the banshee: there were other supernatural creatures in the book as well - succubi, incubi, vampires, witches, and more! It's set in a time where supernatural creatures are protected by the law, which makes things a bit sticky when they revert to character. You'll learn that that is when being a supernatural being yourself can really come in handy! Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is the female MC and I found her to be a very likable character. She's a loner, due to her being a banshee and creating a bubble around herself so as not to accidentally hurt anyone. Then there's Aidan Byrne, "an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency", similar to the FBI. As explained in the book, they generally take on paranormal-related crimes that cross state lines. Mac is investigating a possible serial killer when she comes home to find Aidan sitting at her kitchen table reading one of her secret supply of romance books! Sparks fly, and continue to fly throughout the book between these two. I liked everything about this book - it had a great plot, lots of action, and character development from start to finish. What's even better is that this is the first book in a new series! Yayy!! I look forward to reading more books by this very talented debut author :D
AubrieNH More than 1 year ago
Kiera McLoughlin, or Mac, as her friends call her is a half banshee. She can kill or stun with a scream. But that’s only one aspect of her personality. She’s also a tough as nails cop with a softer side for romance novels. When her partner is killed by a mysterious otherworlder, she’ll do anything in her power to find the person, or perhaps sucubi responsible. Even if that means working with Aidan Byrne, a fellow cop from another agency whose good looks drawn her in despite her own reservations. Banshee Charmer is a well-crafted legal thriller with its own system of rules for the magical creatures that inhabit this alternate world. Fast paced with sexy tension and a dangerous edge, it kept me on the edge of my computer chair, guessing just who Aidan Byrne was. The twists caught me off guard, and the chemistry between Kiera and Aidan sizzles. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Tiffany Allee threw a curve ball, and the story escalates into an intense conclusion that kept me reading until the very end.
ToriO More than 1 year ago
I love urban fantasy crime novels and this one fit right in. It was written well and paced just right.
mallorymartin More than 1 year ago
I loved that the book was about a half-banshee. Thanks to the author for showcasing something besides vampires. I thought the mystery was good, I was unsure up to the end.
SSMPM29 More than 1 year ago
BANSHEE CHARMER was an easy to read, fast paced paranormal Romance. The length of the book is kinda short. I didn't feel like information was lacking but I would have liked to have a little longer of a book. Kiera is a half Banshee detective who can use her scream to harm, kill or stun someone. There are not a lot of Banshee type books out at the moment and it was nice to read about a different paranormal type. The romance part of the book was kinda lacking. Kiera was easy to like and get to know. There was a love interest (sexy mysterious Aidan) and there was some nice hot scenes but there was more investigating and mystery than there was romance and getting to know each other. I love investigation types book so I really enjoyed the "police investigation" parts of BANSHEE CHARMER. I liked following the evidence that was revealed and trying to follow along in where Kiera thought the leads were.I didn't feel like the mystery of the story was predictable. I knew what Aidan was from a pretty early point but the bad guy was a mystery throughout. BANSHEE CHARMER ended up being a great mystery and I will read book 2 to hopefully get some more romance between Kiera and Aidan.
LoreLushBooks More than 1 year ago
I was sent this novella (which is first of a four part series) by a publicist at Entangled publishing. Banshee Charmer was a delight to read. It's fast-paced plot, unique characters and sexy romance made it hard for me to put down. A half-banshee detective and incubus is not something you find everyday making it thoroughly refreshing. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series as well as more from the very talented author Tiffany Allee. Look for Subsequent releases in March, May, and July 2011!