Tracking the Tempest (Jane True Series #2)

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another ...

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

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Snarky selkie halfling Jane True, introduced in 2009's Tempest Rising, plays hooky from learning how to control her paranormal abilities and heads to Boston for a scorching Valentine's weekend with her lover, Ryu, a vampire-like baobhan sith who spends most of his time solving supernatural mysteries. Before their sensual action can heat past simmer, they're attacked by another powerful halfling, this one an ifrit. Soon Jane's dodging fireballs and summoning sea power with her lover and friends. New to the supernatural scene, flighty Jane must grow into her powers to save them all. Peeler's chick lit tone adds sparkle to the most spine-tingling scenes with a style that never strikes a false note, and the seamless plot weaves together Jane's paranormal and personal growth while linking both to the swelling suspense. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316056571
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Jane True Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 319,616
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicole D. Peeler received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Boston University, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. She's lived abroad in both Spain and the UK, and lived all over the USA. Currently, she resides in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, to teach in Seton Hill's MFA in Popular Fiction. When she's not in the classroom infecting young minds with her madness, she's writing Urban Fantasy for Orbit Books and taking pleasure in what means most to her: family, friends, food, and travel. To learn more about the author, visit
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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    You know those series that you read the first book, and you like it ok. So, you decide to reserve judgment until after you've read the second. And then you are really glad you did because it's much better than the first. That was the case with Tracking The Tempest.

    I liked Jane's character quite a bit more in this one. She still has all the defining qualities that I liked about her in the first book, but add some backbone. She refuses to be treated like a weakling, not matter what the others think of her and her powers. I really like that. I also enjoyed the fact that she is half human actually gave her the insight to be able to understand things the others couldn't. I enjoyed her relationship with Ryu the most. It becomes something other than just physical. I think was really hard for her to come to terms with all of that.

    I liked that the storyline seems to have more direction. I had a feeling after the first book were it was going to go. But, it's always nice to get that reassurance. I like how much the culprit seems to be working in the shadows, never truly revealing themselves. I'm curious as to what will happen next.

    I'm looking forward to the next in the series and what direction the story will take!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    an excellent urban fantasy

    In Rockabill, Maine hybrid Jane True struggles with learning she is half Selkie. She also tries to understand her new skill as a magic practitioner. However, Jane is also running out of time as purebreds detest Halflings; preferring the Selkie species to be perfectly pure. On the other hand Nell the gnome, Anyan the dog and Trill the kelpie train her on her new skills; though Jane thinks torture is a mire accurate description of their mentoring her.

    Her beloved Ryu the vampire is on her side though he is in Boston on a homicide investigation. When she decides to visit her vampiric investigator, Jane never expected to become part of an inquiry he is making into Conleth the Halfling Ifrit, who escaped from a Dorchester lab that blew up right after he got out. Ryu thinks Conleth blew up the lab and has become a serial killer especially of Halflings, but Jane finds several other suspects who will not mind the murder of a nosy Halfling.

    The latest Tempest urban fantasy (see Tempest Rising) is an excellent urban fantasy as the heat is on the heroine (and her lover) in Boston. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the heroine joins her "Impaler" lover in Boston and never slows down as the pair search for a paranormal serial killer. Readers will relish Tracking the Tempest as Jane seems truly to be in the eye of the perfect killer storm.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Your choice

    Liked the 1st book. Was not as impressed with book 2, Tracking the tempest. To much on bedroom scenes. Hope the others are'nt as heavy on the sex, don't get me wrong, sex is fine, but had not planned on that much. All she has is sex on her mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Acceptable, not fantastic

    This is a fairly typical book in a fairly typical supernatural dating series. If you like this kind of novel, you will like this book. If not, you won't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012


    I love this series and the intrigue in this book was great. There are some full on laugh out loud moments that help keep this an incredibly entertaining series. It's also great to have a flawed, yet kick butt, heroine.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    It was an enjoyable read.

    The only thing I didn't like about it was that there were some things during the investigation that were very obvious but somehow the investigators didn't know and I felt that it was too hard to believe that they wouldn't put that together. Other than I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    I am totally enjoying Nicole Peeler's series about Jane True. I enjoy Ms. Peeler's witty and entruiging writing style. Can't wait to read the next book. :)

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    Review From Froggarita's Bookcase

    Another hit from Nicole Peeler! I loved the first book and the second one didn't disappoint.
    This book starts a few months after book 1 ended and we follow Jane through her starting to learn magic from Nell the Gnome to going to Boston for the weekend to be with Ryu. That is when things start to really get interesting!! On a date with Ryu they start to get attacked by fireballs! This leads Jane into finding out about another halfling who now has seen Jane and wants her for himself. Jane is now in the middle of the investagation trying to find the halfling while trying to stay alive!
    Most of the same characters are there from book 1 which is great..I loved her friend Iris and don't forget Anyan! This is a must read book that I throughly enjoyed. There was so much action, suspense and romance in this one that I gobbled this book up in hours!
    I will point out though that when I read book 1 I was a total team Ryu fan but now after reading book 2 I have to say I changed my mind...and I am now on team Anyan supporter!

    Look for a team button to be coming soon for Team Anyan!

    Froggarita's Bookcase

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Keeps getting better

    I have to say this book was the great! I was right there with Jane scared for her when Phaedra and her crew of freaks showed up. I also was screaming with laughter when she fell on her face after an encounter with a certain Satyr. And of course I was totally entranced when Ryu and Jane kept on doing what they do best (this is not a book for kids). This book was non-stop action and great character development. I highly recommend the series.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

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    loved it

    it just keeps getting better

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

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    Go Jane!

    This book starts off shortly after the end of Tempest Rising, book one of the series. Jane is training with Nell (a gnome) and Trill (a kelpie), but having a hard time getting a handle on her powers. But she is making progress, as she still has both eyebrows!

    Jane's romantic Valentine's Day weekend with her vampire boyfriend Ryu is interrupted when they're attacked by fire balls. Suddenly, Jane is smack dab in the middle of an investigation, Alfar political games, and trying to avoid people determined to kill her! She wonders why people keep trying to kill her, and I tend to agree with her that it's not fun. Ever since she discovered that she is a Halfling, Jane's life has been anything but dull!

    We see a little more of Jane's succubus friend Iris, her bookstore friends Grizzie and Tracy, the barghest Anyan, and also meet Ryu's team of deputies. I especially liked Julian, another Halfling, and Caleb, a satyr. Nicole is great with fleshing out secondary characters and making them well-rounded after only a brief description. Love these guys!

    Jane still has her great sense of humor, and I love some of the comments she makes when I would probably be shaking in my boots. Of course, she's shaking in her boots while making those snarky comments, but I'd be frozen in fear as well, so she's way braver than me! She's also something of a gourmet, as there was a strange pause when we have sort of a weird cooking segment with Anyan. I'm thinking that Nicole was hungry when she wrote this scene, as she describes what they're cooking in so much detail that I could probably replicate the meal in my kitchen! Was a strange little scene that didn't seem to fit, and stuck in my head for some reason.

    Gave this book a 5/5 as I finished it in one sitting! Couldn't put it down, and I couldn't wait to see what happened next! Jane is still a run-away-and-hide type of girl, but is becoming more confident and growing as a person. While aware of her physical limitations, she's smart and figures out a few things that Ryu and his experienced team missed. Go Jane! Loved this book, and highly recommend it as a fast, fun fantasy read!

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Edge of your seat Excitement

    My thoughts...Tracking The Tempest is my kind of book-interesting characters, magical worlds, and just the right amount of humor.

    Tracking The Tempest is book two in Nicole Peeler's Jane True series. If you are new to the series, I recommend you start with Tempest Rising. This second book has snark, more magic, move adventure, and more romance. Jane leaves the comfort of her Rockabill home to spend some time in Boston. This change in setting really opened up the doors for a bunch of new paranormal creatures, both good and evil. We meet probably one of the scariest beings in paranormal literature in Boston, Graeme. This character gave me chills and made me sleep with the light on for a week. We still get to read about our favorites including Iris, Nell, Grizzie, and Anyan (sigh). Let's talk about Anyan. In book one we learned he was smart, cunning,mysterious, and sexy. In book two, he is all of that and then some. I can't wait to learn more about this character in Tempest's Legacy. Did I mention sexy?

    Tracking The Tempest gives readers plenty of page-turning action. The new halfling called Conleth keeps everyone on their toes. Boston provides the perfect backdrop for a good mystery. This one is perfect for readers who like to solve a crime while enjoying a little romance. Peeler's magical world grows more complex and interesting. She immerses readers into the fantasy without confusing them. Jane's character growth is reflected in her increased abilities, personal strength, and blooming confidence. I look forward to seeing how her characters continues to grow.

    At the end of the book, readers get a taste of book three, Tempest's Legacy. I am not sure when it will be released, but I do know it is not soon enough.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Delicously Entertaining Urban Fantasy Follow-Up

    This book entertains with an amusing/engaging heroine, sympathetic/attractive supporting characters, wonderfully chaotic action sequences, non-stop comedy (ranging from bubbly chick humor to bawdy, self-effacing comments to laugh-out-loud slapstick), a twisting/fast-paced plot and interesting character development.

    The story starts with the flighty heroine, Jane True, training her supernatural powers under the tutelage of Rockabill's resident gnome and, then, leaving for a Valentine's weekend in Boston. Before the romantic weekend with her lover, (a vampire-like baobhan sith named Ryu), reaches an uncontrolled sizzle, Jane and Ryu are attacked by a rouge ifrit/human (fire) halfling, named Conleth, who's escaped lab imprisonment and systematically burned to death all the people connected to him. He's targeting Ryu, the fae investigator charged with the task of stopping the carnage. Jane is literally caught in the cross-fire.

    As the tale progresses, Conleth becomes obsessed with the half-selkie Jane, and stalks her while systematically picking off all beings with any connection to the lab operation, (even though he really has no way to know about all of the upper echelon or tangentially related people). Meanwhile, a contingent of undesirable fae, (led by a diminutive, red-eyed and bald Alfar woman), arrives to 'assist' and possibly replaced Ryu. Sent by the Alfar Spymaster Jarl, (who was closely associated with the naga/snake fae who committed the half-blood murders in the first book), the contingent's presence is highly suspect to Jane and the shape-changing barghest, Anyan, who arrives to give additional assistance and recommences Jane's supernatural training.

    The story of Jane's personal growth, increasing confidence and ability to assert herself despite Ryu's protective attitude seamlessly intertwines with action/mystery plot. The tale reaches an explosive, supernaturally charged climax that reveals the fae contingent's true purpose as well as Jane's innate sea powers.

    In regard to the romantic sub-plot(s), the interactions between Jane and Ryu range from hot to funny to occasionally touching until Ryu issues an ultimatum, and Jane is forced to recognize her own desires and act accordingly. Further, there's some well-described romantic tension between Jane and Anyan.

    This is a highly entertaining and satisfying story that I wholeheartedly recommend to any urban fantasy fan.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    Wonderful fast paced fun urban fantasy ride with terrific action, love, and clever humor.

    Jane has been training with Nell, Rockabill's Gnome, for the four months between Tempest Rising's end and now. She's learning; shields, creating glamours, and mage balls of light. Jane is the happiest she has been in a long, long time; with monthly rendezvous with Ryu, training, swimming, and taking care of her father, along with working at the Bookstore with her friends. Jane is starting to settle into her super live in the paranormal world. Although, she still thinks on the naga's murders from Tempest Rising - knowing deep down there had to be more behind the murders with Jarl than lead to believe. Ryu sent Jane a romantic invitation to come to his home in Boston for a lavish Valentines Day with him. While on their romantic evening out they are attacked by a man named Conleth, as Ryu believes. The secret Jane's been keeping from Ryu comes out in the open...

    I was so glad to be back in Rockabill with Jane True and all the sow named places. I also really enjoyed how Nicole took Jane out of her comfort zone and introduced us to so many new characters and ideas.

    We get to meet a whole new set of characters, Ryu's deputies and a few Alfar crew members. I really loved meeting Ryu's crew of deputies. Their abilities where all unique. I loved Julian and how he related with Jane. I enjoyed Daoud and Caleb and Jane's reaction to both of them. Then we also have Conleth, who has a long not so nice history to bring him to the point of dangerous he is. And it is all described to us very well, through the investigation Ryu and Jane undertake.

    Jane is a character I really enjoyed in Tempest Rising, but here in Tracking the Tempest she has grown a great deal for me. She's more open and comfortable with herself. Jane is learning how to protect herself in this new world she is learning about and doing rather well at it. Even when Jane is taken out of her element she still shines. As you read you know Jane is 'human' as she is afraid, and still has the tendency to want to flee rather than fight. And in some of her tight spots, I would too.

    The humor... Nicole is great at adding the one liners and quick clever, sarcastic, and/or sexy comments for the characters. I think I had a smile on my face through a majority of the book at all the quick jokes and answers or comments Jane and the other characters made. I absolutely loved the scene of Jane slipping on ice as she gets out of the car. I laughed out loud while I read it.

    And there is action to. This book doesn't sit still at all. There is always something happening to keep you flipping the pages. The book is a fantastic fast paced fun ride with terrific action and love.

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