Bright City Lights

Bright City Lights

by Declan Sands
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Bright City Lights by Declan Sands

Rabb is an alpha shifter, a werewolf, who likes to defy both the odds and authority. He prefers the city lights over the open spaces most shifters enjoy.

Brant is a politician with a secret that's becoming harder and harder to contain. As mayor of Bright City, he's determined to keep the city free of shifters to protect his secret.

The two men share a fair amount of distrust, along with a smoldering history that threatens to drag them under again. But when shifters begin to die in Bright City, Rabb and Brant need to find a way to work together again. Especially when one of them inadvertently steps right into the murderer's deadly path.


There was brave, and then there was just butt stupid. The alpha shifter wasn’t sure which category the man glaring at him from across the space of only a couple of feet belonged in. Rabb was leaning toward stupid, but he wasn’t sure if that was because the guy had really pissed him off, or because it was true.

Rabb Miller wasn’t used to people standing up to him. A natural Alpha, he tended to just expect others to fall in line. When he said jump, most shifters and humans he encountered not only jumped but they didn’t touch the ground again until he told them it was okay.

Rabb especially didn’t like being told what to do…or more precisely…what he couldn’t do. That was just damn unacceptable. He stared down at the wiry little man standing a few feet away and let his Alpha face slide into place, complete with eyes that might have glowed just the tiniest bit.

Amazingly, the little man didn’t seem the least bit impressed. Stupid was quickly gaining ground. “Mr. Miller, you can’t intimidate me. I’m here on behalf of the Mayor. He has a strict ‘no shifter’ policy in Bright City and you’re in defiance of that policy just by being here. We’re askin’ real nice to start and then I’m gonna have to get nasty.”

Rabb crossed his arms over his chest, his arms bulging and menace radiating out of every pore. “This is my place. You can’t come in here and start making demands.”

“You bought the place through dishonest means. You deserve to lose it.”

Rabb’s arms dropped and his hands fisted at his sides. “That’s a damn lie. I bought City Lights through my lawyer. She assures me she followed the letter of the law during the purchase and I believe her. Now I’d advise you to get your scrawny ass off my property this minute or I’ll throw you out myself.”

Demitre Glass pursed thin lips and held Rabb’s golden-brown gaze a moment longer, as if to prove he wasn’t afraid. He glanced toward the bar, where Rabb’s second in command polished glasses with one eye focused on him. The Mayor’s assistant finally smiled and inclined his head. “You choose to leave the hard way then. Fine. It will be my pleasure to take you down, Miller.”

“Get the hell out.” Rabb’s tone was deceptively quiet, almost mild. Anyone who knew him would take that as a sign to get as far away from him as possible, as quickly as they could.

The Mayor’s assistant didn’t know Rabb nearly well enough. He turned toward the other side of the bar, where an extremely attractive blonde woman sipped iced tea in a booth and flipped through papers in a folder. “Ms. Dexter, the Mayor’s office will be contacting you shortly.”

She glanced up, her soft, green gaze radiating boredom. “Don’t waste your time, Glass. You don’t have a leg to stand on. Mr. Miller purchased this property legally and he has a right to be here.” She stood, striding toward Glass on long, shapely legs that caught the little man’s attention and held it. She stopped in front of him and reached a finger out to poke him on the chest. “And you’re about ten seconds away from dire consequences if you don’t leave the premises.”

“Are you threatening me?” Glass’s hand came up to grab her finger. It never made it that far. In the blink of an eye it was enclosed in a hard, unrelenting grip. “Don’t. Ever. Touch.” Rabb bit each word off through a clenched jaw.

“I don’t need to threaten you, Mr. Glass." Tamma Dexter told him. "Someone else has already done that. Now go,” while walking is still an option.”

Glass looked from her to Rabb and forced a laugh. But it sounded more nervous than amused. “I’ll be back, Miller.”

“I’ll be sure to wear my funeral clothes. For when I lay you out."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015783193
Publisher: Electric Prose Publications
Publication date: 11/25/2012
Series: City of Lights , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 778,395
File size: 514 KB

About the Author

Declan Sands writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Declan has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.

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Bright City Lights 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brant, mayor of Bright City, doesn't want shifters in his fine city. In an attempt to run out the shifters who have purchased a bar in the inner city, he meets with Rabb, alpha of his wolf pack and unwilling to give in without a fight. But both men have bigger issues. Someone is killing shifters and Rabb and Brant know they need to work together to find the killer. This book is so full of potential you choke on it. I wanted more, I needed more, so desperately did I desire more. I am fascinated by this world where humans, vampires, and shifters co-exist, where vampires and shifters have politics and prejudices, where vampires can stand in the sun and not drink blood to survive. But the book loses two stars because there is too much left out. The world building needed so much more fleshing out, the shifters and vampires needed more explanation (why doesn't a vampire need to drink blood to live?), and Rabb and Brant need more backstory because we find they were lovers many years ago and though we know Brant ended it the reason alone doesn't make sense. But I enjoyed the characters, Rabb and Brant are interesting apart and fun to watch together. Though Brant doesn't bit Rabb and I missed seeing that. The mystery behind the killer is well written and I didn't figure it out till the end. If the author had spent more time expanding this story I could easily see this moving into 4-5 star territory. It has series potential and I'll admit I'll be watching to see what this author does. It would be a shame to leave this world behind completely. I received a copy of this story from the author at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
Penumbra1 More than 1 year ago
'Bright City Lights' was given to me by the author for an honest review. This story is told mainly through the eyes of Brant who is the mayor of Bright City. The other MC is Rabb, an alpha werewolf shifter. These two share a past that forced them to stay apart until they are forced to work together because of shifter murders happening in Bright City. Intense. That’s the one word I can use for this story. I usually read HEA, leaning toward fluffy stories with only a little angst. 'Bright City Lights' hits with the action right off the bat and doesn't stop. I was pulled into a darker world than I’m normally used to. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but once I got used to the author’s style of writing, I got sucked in.  Brant is the Mayor of Bright City. We aren’t told right away what kind of paranormal creature he is, but it’s hinted that he is one. I figured he might be a werewolf since he wanted Rabb, a werewolf who Brant has had a past with, removed from the city. Only later do we find out that Brant is a vampire and because he’s a vampire, is the reason they parted long ago. It’s part of the tension in the story. Brant is resistant to getting back together. Rabb doesn’t want to let him go. Another issue for Brant is that he hasn’t drank blood in five years, so blood to him is like tempting an alcoholic with drink. Rabb is a very powerful alpha werewolf. He’s head of all the alphas within the state. He’s so alpha, he’s even more powerful than Brant. The only thing he’s not as good at is he’s not as fast. Brant and Rabb team up to find out who’s killing the shifters in Bright Lights City. There’s a lot of tension between Vamps and Weres basically they hate each other. So Brant and Rabb have to somehow get the cooperation of both sides to work together and find out who’s killing the Weres. The sex was so hot, mostly because of the UST that lead up to it. I loved the way the author used words. They were descriptive and colorful; I could feel and see the characters and the situations quite easily. I would love to read more about Brant and Rabb. The only thing I wish the author would tell us readers, is how a vampire can get an erection when he's a dead creature with no heartbeat. I really wish the author came up with a good explanation. I enjoyed this story very much despite the one issue I mentioned and even though it’s not my usual style, I’m giving it 5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: The author furnished a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. One of the many surprises I’ve encountered in my eye-opening foray into the world of m/m romance is the prevalence of novels concerning gay shape shifters and gay vampires. In the realm of straight literature, neither of these subjects has ever drawn even my slightest interest. Yet, somehow, when hot man-on-man action is added to the mix, I become like a kid at Christmas, barely able to finish enjoying the contents of one package before ripping into the next! In this volume, Sands brings the communities of shifters and vampires together in an explosive mélange against a backdrop of good old-fashioned murder mystery. Rabb Miller and Brant South have a wealth of thorny interpersonal issues to resolve if they want to end the five-year hiatus in their relationship. There might be hope if they were surrounded by a loving, supportive community. Unfortunately, Rabb’s shifters and Brant’s vampires make the Hatfields and McCoys look like the closest of kin (okay—bad example), they make the Montagues and Capulets look like bosom buddies; the Jets and Sharks look tame. Compared to the vampires and shifters, oil and water appear to mix. Sands once again shows her expertise at drawing wonderfully detailed characters guaranteed to elicit strong emotions from her readers. The pace is fast, the dialogue witty, and the story compelling. I was sad to see it end and look forward to reading the remaining books in the series.
AWE-SCA More than 1 year ago
(This book was received free in return for an honest review.) In the spectrum of shifter novels this one falls squarely in the middle of the pack. The opening chapters did little to draw me in, but that changed with the violent upheaval of a conclave gone wrong. Following that point in the story I became very engrossed in the characters and plot line. The story follows Rabb, alpha wolf shifter, and Brandt, the current mayor of Bright City and a dry vampire. Someone or something is killing Rabb's wolves and he turns to his ex-lover Brandt for help. Brandt is constantly trying to keep Rabb at a distance, but Rabb has other ideas. The author did a great job of keeping the reader in suspence of who done it. Some minor characters were introduced that I would have liked to see more of, especially Rabb's second Tamma. Marvel's character was better developed, but I still felt was lacking in some places. The author already has book 2 out so the characters may become more rounded as the story continues. Loose ends in the story are also left to be finished in another book.
SCarr1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Bright City Lights is a paranormal/murder mystery story.  Rabb is an alpha shifter who owns a bar in Bright City.  He does not follow typical traditions, preferring living in the city rather than open spaces.  Brant has been the mayor of Bright City for a decade.  He is determined to remove shifters from the city in order to protect his secret.  These two have a scorching history and are forced to work together to solve a sting of shifter murders.  Will their history prevent them from solving the murders, will it cause Brant’s secret to be discovered or will these two come together burning hotter than before? This book was a fun read.  It kept my attention and the mystery behind the murders was intriguing.  The characters were interesting.  Rabb is a total alpha, but he has a warm heart especially when it comes to Brant.  He wants nothing more than for Brant to be happy.  Brant is a torture soul.  He makes hard choices to protect the ones he loves, but at a huge cost to himself.  The side characters are nicely developed.  I am eager to hear more about their stories.  For fans of paranormal romances, this is a sweet story involving shifters and vampires. I wish Ms. Sands would have spent some time with the world building.  I got the impression humans didn’t know about paranormals at one point, then it appeared humans did know about them.  Also, I wish the book was a little longer.  The story felt a little rushed and underdeveloped.  This is the first book in the series, so these issues might be corrected with the other books come out.  The only other issue I had was the ending.  It was very abrupt.  I actually looked at my kindle in disbelief that it was over.  You do get some closure, but the ending definitely leaves you wanting to read the next book. Overall a fun and entertaining read.  I would absolutely read other books in this series.
Meg4017 More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me for an honest review. I'm always interested in a new vampire/shifter story. Add in a few murders and the hunt is on.  This is an easy read with not alot of mystery involved in solving the murders. Although the end leaves you with some questions in regards to who all is involved. I was looking forward to an interigation that I believe I'll have to read the next book in the series for. Vampire characteristics in this story were different than any other vamp book I've read without any explanations.(Out in the daylight, shifter blood causing bad effects) Rabb is an alpha shifter who's pack mates are being murdered.Brant is the vampire mayor with a past with the alpha. They come together to solve the murders. Of course there are dislikes and distrust between the species. The two main characters do come together in the end with the promise of figuring out how they will deal with the blood issue. I don't like to say too much in a review of what happens. But I will say I liked the writing style of this author and I enjoyed the story. There were many different paranormals in this story with really great personalities. I think this will be a fun series to read and I'm looking forward to it.