A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint...
Does he follow his heart or his thirst?
Otherworlder Enforcement Agent Beatrice Davis hasn't seen her ex, Chicago police detective and vampire, Claude Desmarais in years. Finding him at the door and asking for her help was the last thing she expected. But when Beatrice identifies an object for him-through touch-she realizes that this is one investigation she can't walk away from...
Claude is stunned that the local Magister-a vampire he trusts-is the prime suspect in his off-the-books investigation. Even as old desires smoulder beneath the surface, Claude is determined to prove the magister's innocence, and Beatrice is just as determined to prove him wrong. But neither of them are prepared when the killer makes a desperate and deadly move...
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From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency
By Tiffany Allee, Erin Molta, Robin Haseltine
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Tiffany Allee
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For once, it wasn't a nightmare that woke me. The booming knock at my door sounded again and I dragged myself out of bed. I held my gun at my side, out of view, and opened the door a few inches. "Yes?"
The man didn't appear to be armed, I'd give him that. But I was, even if it was my personal sidearm, and knocking so loudly before my alarm went off was almost enough to make me shoot him. But I was a professional. An agent with the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. And shooting a man for waking me up before dawn would result in a heck of a lot of paperwork.
I hated paperwork.
By the looks of his expensive suit, obviously tailored to his lean frame, he wasn't delivering a package. But he had the slightly pale pallor of a vampire, which meant a standard-issue bullet would probably just piss him off unless I got in a really lucky shot.
My bleary gaze sharpened. Shock hit me as I studied the line of his jaw, and the paleness of his blue eyes. What the hell was he doing here?
"Beatrice?" His gaze slid down my oversized flannel pajamas as if my outfit wasn't quite what he was expecting. "Long time."
"Yeah." I fought the heat flushing my face but lost. What did I care what the bloodsucker thought of my pj's? It was five o'clock in the damn morning. What was I supposed to be wearing? Even agents got cold in St. Louis in March. "Why are you here, Claude?"
The Chicago detective ran a hand through his hair, and for a split second I could feel its softness sliding between my fingers.
"I need your services." He flashed me a grin, and I frowned at his flirting tone. Once upon a time I might have flirted back — okay, I definitely would have flirted back. But it had been a rough couple of weeks. A rough year. Ever since my former partner and I had worked a big case involving succubi being kidnapped and sold to the highest bidder, I'd struggled against dark emotions. I had seen too many horrible experiences, and I hadn't been able to let up or take a break from work for far too long. Lives had been on the line, succubi kidnapped and murdered.
It wasn't unusual for us to go through this kind of thing, hit a breaking point and need to slow down and take some time away. But I didn't like it. I was at my best when I was working, and there was always another criminal to take down.
"What kind of services?"
"Your services as a psychometrist, of course. I have an object that I believe may carry a psychic imprint," he clarified, but his flirtatious grin didn't falter.
"No shit. Here I was figuring you'd stopped by to chat."
"Well, aren't you charming before your first cup of coffee?"
I didn't grin at his joke, but it was a near thing. Of course he was looking for my services as a psychometrist. Investigators didn't show up at my door at this time of night looking to chat. My ability to read the psychic imprints left on objects was at a premium these days. Not that my interpretations could clinch a case. Fact was, half the time my powers didn't work. True emotional trauma had to have occurred near the object for a psychic imprint — unless I was able to read something physically connected to a person, like their hair.
"You're a long way from Chicago."
The vampire was something of a legend among cops. As a member of the Chicago Paranormal Unit, he'd solved several high-profile crimes that had made the national news. And more than that, he was rumored to be high up in whatever private echelon vampires used out of the public eye.
"You're worth the trip," he said. Then, at my glare, he quickly added, "You're the best psychometrist in the Midwest."
He blinked. "Excuse me?"
"I'm the best in the country." I gave him a lazy smile. Okay, maybe I was up to flirting a bit, even if seeing him still stung. Claude had shown his true colors long ago. "But that doesn't explain why you're here."
Especially considering that I wasn't, strictly speaking, on duty for the next two weeks — if psych even approved me to come back then.
My gut twisted at the thought, but Claude laughed, and some of my tension released. The man was too damn pretty and, laughing, he was something else. Light brown hair topped his head, cut in a longish way that I suspected was designed to appear messy.
Of course, I knew the muscles that were only hinted at under that jacket were stronger than those of any human. I knew how they flexed and moved in the light. I knew how they felt under my fingertips.
"You are the best in the country. Glad to see you realize it." He stepped forward and leaned on the doorframe, slightly in my personal space, as if casually asking for a date. But I wasn't fooled, and I didn't back up. I could see the wariness in his eyes and the tension in his body. As if he was ready to be attacked at any moment. The Claude I knew was cool and collected — whatever he was here for, it was putting him on edge. This couldn't be good.
"I need a favor. I have some evidence that needs your special touch."
I glared at him. "You ever hear of something called a formal request? Or the fucking phone? Or, I don't know, waiting for daylight?"
"That all sounds terribly time-consuming."
"Well, that's the thing about doing shit the right way —"
"Please. It'll take five minutes. The official paperwork will get to you eventually — you know how long that can take."
I suppressed a sigh. Five minutes? More like two hours of paperwork once the official request caught up to me. But the man had come all the way from Chicago. And it was pretty damned unlikely he'd done that on a whim.
But I was over what had happened between us — not that there had been anything to really get over. And no matter that I jerked his chain now, I was always willing to help out another investigator. Besides, I was stir-crazy. I'd been away from work for two weeks already, and it was likely to be another two before I'd be back on duty — minimum. Annoyance rushed through me at the thought, but I pushed it down.
"Fine. But not here. There's a diner down the road." I gave him quick directions to the twenty-four-hour place. It would be almost empty this time of morning.
He grimaced. "This is kind of private — evidence and all."
"We'll be discreet. Or, we can go to my office. I don't bring my work into my home." Not purposefully anyway. It was my sanctuary. The one place I didn't have to think about death. Didn't have to see it, experience it. Not that my visions didn't follow me here — didn't follow me everywhere. But that didn't mean I had to invite them inside.
He shrugged. "As you wish. The diner sounds good. I'm a tad peckish." He flashed his teeth and headed down the sidewalk.
I glared after him, annoyed at the thrill that ran through me at seeing him. And worse, at the flash of his fang.
The last bit of winter clung to the St. Louis streets, seeping into my bones the second I stepped out of my house. The drive to the diner took less than five minutes — not long enough for the heater in my car to kick from cold to hot.
The diner door dinged as I opened it, then smacked the doorframe when I let it slam behind me. A man dressed in jeans and a heavy flannel shirt occupied one corner booth, nursing coffee. The large semi-truck taking up one side of the small parking lot no doubt belonged to him. I guessed the diner staff must not care about parking this early.
Claude had taken a booth on the opposite side of the diner from the trucker, hidden from view from the front door and off to one side of the counter where the waitress refilled the coffeemaker.
I sat across from Claude, noting he'd made sure to keep his back away from the front door. I was not so lucky. Then again, I wasn't paranoid enough to think someone was going to sneak up on me at this time of the morning. But I hadn't been alive long enough to gather the enemy list Claude probably had. Of course, he knew what I was like in the morning, pre-coffee. He might be right to be nervous.
"What can I get for ya?" The waitress looked like every man's grandma. Glasses perched on the end of her nose, and tightly curled gray hair touched her ears.
"Coffee, please." Claude gave the waitress a world-class smile, and she smiled back at him patronizingly, unimpressed with his good looks.
"Decaf for me," I said. The smell of bacon and eggs filled the air enticingly, but I refused to eat breakfast. That would be as much as admitting that I was up, and I was going back to bed the second I returned home. To sleep.
Hopefully, a dreamless sleep.
The waitress nodded and left, then returned with our coffee and a bowl of various flavors of creamers. I grabbed a couple of hazelnut packets and poured them into my cup.
"Thanks again for your help," Claude said. "How have you been, mon chou?"
"Dump the small talk, Claude." I resisted the urge to tug on my hair. How, after all this time, could the man make me immediately angry? The term of endearment pushed my buttons. It made me wonder what would have happened if things had ended differently. But it was an old wound I wasn't keen to reopen with what-ifs.
He reached for the creamer, his hand brushing mine slightly as I went for the sugar packs. A bolt ran through me, recognition and need merging with regret to form a ball in the pit of my stomach. I stilled, and slowly he pulled away.
"I'm not trying to anger you," he murmured.
"Then dispense with the pretty endearments."
He raised his eyebrows but didn't argue. From the seat next to him, he grabbed a rolled-up paper bag and slid it across the table to me.
"Not so fast. Give me some background info," I said. He frowned, so I added, "It'll help put the images I see into something that might actually make sense." And it would. But mostly, I didn't like to touch shit without knowing what I might be in for. Even for Claude Desmarais.
My resistance seemed to surprise him, but that made sense. Six years ago I'd been a bright-eyed, positive girl without a real clue about the world, and willing to go the extra mile for a smile of approval from a star among cops. And I'd had a hell of a crush. A crush he'd been more than willing to explore after just a bit of convincing on my part.
He was still a legend, and just as striking and ageless.
But I wasn't that girl anymore.
Claude paused for a moment, then nodded — more to himself than to me. "All right. There have been a series of murders back in Chicago. We think it's a serial killer."
"No OWEA involvement yet?" The Otherworlder Enforcement Agency was similar to the FBI in that we mostly waited until locals called us in.
"Not until you."
I grunted, keeping my opinion on the matter to myself. The Chicago Paranormal Unit — or PNU — was a good unit, but the OWEA had more resources.
"People have been disappearing. We've found several bodies thus far that seem related to the same guy."
"How many still out there that might be related?"
"No way of really knowing." He took a sip of the coffee and grimaced.
I sipped my coffee, relishing the hazelnut flavoring while I considered what he had said. "How do you know the deaths are related?"
"They were all branded using an honest-to-God branding iron."
I choked on my coffee. Claude handed me a napkin and I nodded for him to continue.
"The brand is in the bag — that's the evidence I need you to touch."
"Wait a sec." I took a deep breath and coughed again to clear my throat. "You managed to get the brand? How the fuck did you do that?"
The trucker passed our table, heading toward the men's room. He nodded in greeting, and I nodded in return.
Claude shrugged and lowered his voice. "Got lucky. The end must have broken off in the fire. We found it settled in some old ash."
I frowned. Something didn't jive with his story. Brands didn't just break off. Not that luck didn't help solve the occasional investigation — hell, routine traffic stops caught a shitload of criminals who'd done far worse. Of course, the vampire wasn't giving anything away. I was willing to bet the man had been able to lie easily since before I'd been born.
Not that he looked it. I was twenty-eight, but looked like I was in my early twenties — despite the stress inherent in my job. Claude looked a few years older than I did. But he had the poise of a much older person. And while I couldn't feel much of the signature vampire fear aura radiating from him, that didn't mean much. The intimidating aura that exuded from vampires seemed to have little to do with their power or age.
"Tell me the rest."
"I'm kind of on a timetable here. Tell you what, read the brand for me and I'll send you the file."
I let out a breath in a big whoosh of air. Truth was, I didn't want to handle the icky brand that had probably been used in some sort of sick, ritualistic murders. I didn't want to watch people die in my head. And I most definitely didn't want to carry that memory with me until the day I died.
But that was the job.
Granted, not a job I was supposed to be doing without authorization, but my skills were far too useful to the OWEA for them to fire me for skirting the line.
I nodded and he slid over the bag. I unrolled the heavy bag. It was a normal evidence bag, but it didn't have the normal tags. No case number. Nothing. That bothered me, so I made a mental note to check up on it later.
Air whooshed in and out of my lungs as I purposefully hyperventilated. I had passed out twice from lack of oxygen during a vision before I realized that such a simple thing could help.
I stuck my hand in the bag and gripped the branding iron.
A loud rush of sound filled my ears, as if I'd just plunged my head into a bucket of water. Inky darkness overtook my vision for half a second, and I fought sudden claustrophobia.
Every time, I experienced the same overwhelming feeling of being trapped in a dark, airless, white-noise-filled room. And I always tried to move — even knowing that movement was impossible.
Then the fear and sensory deprivation was gone. And what replaced it was worse — always worse.
Glowing with orange fire, what could only be the brand filled my vision. The symbol was unfamiliar. Five lines converged into a triangle, with a swirl cutting across the lines. Smaller symbols that looked like eyes peeked out from the spaces in between the lines.
A man's face replaced the brand. He frowned at me, and I had a difficult time focusing on him. My vision blurred. He was saying something, but I couldn't hear him. His frown deepened and he turned away, still talking. He wasn't talking to me. The realization seemed unimportant. Foreign emotions ran through me, too fast to identify them. But fear soaked it all. Fear and almost debilitating panic.
The metal edges of the diner table came into focus first, and I sucked in a breath of air. Then Claude asked if I was all right. I waved him off, trying to get my bearings.
"I'm fine," I managed. I wasn't really. I never was after a particularly violent vision. Not right after. Not even a week after. It took time for them to fade.
Luckily, this vision hadn't been terrible — of course, the initial one usually wasn't. Sometimes I witnessed the torture, the death. But something about this vision felt off. The man's face had almost seemed ... familiar. And a sickness filled my stomach, as if the coffee disagreed with me.
I shook my head. Maybe the OWEA shrinks were right. Maybe these visions were getting to me.
I raked my eyes over the room, over the painfully handsome vampire sitting across from me in the booth, over the old and worn decor of the diner around us, over his tailored suit. I barely allowed myself to blink. It took my body a few minutes to stop shaking, and just as long for the sight of the solid room around me to convince my brain that I was no longer trapped in that cold place with the flaming brand.
Claude waited silently. Too silently. His eyes were on me, and his body betrayed no movement. Vampires did that sometimes. Creepy.
I broke the silence the way I always did, with my first impressions. "I saw the brand, then it went away and a man replaced it — a vampire. He said something — was talking. But not to me — the vic, I mean."
"What did he say?"
I raised my eyebrows at his question, but before I could come up with an appropriately smart-ass reply, he answered his own question.
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Claude Desmaris, a vampire, and member of the Chicago Paranormal Unit, has need of some special assistance. Assistance that only an old friend can provide. Beatrice is the one he needs. Talented in psychometry, Beatrice can provide clues to the evidence he has in his possession. Evidence that could bring down the son of a very powerful vampire in Chicago. A vampire that Claude believes to be guilty of unspeakable crimes. Beatrice is an investigator for the OWEA, the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, in St. Louis. However, currently, she is on a leave of absence, and is bored. When Claude appears at her door, a vision from her past, he brings with him the possibility of intrigue and excitement. And something to occupy her mind and her time, and maybe her lonely heart as well. Through danger, intrigue and multiple twists and turns, Claude and Beatrice wind their way through the wicked plot created by an evil vampire. As they try to unravel the mystery of the evidence that Claude has, not only do they find evil, they solve not one mystery, but two. But, will they be able to work through more than just the mysteries, but the pain and sorrow of the past to find happiness and love in the future? This was a really good read! Fascinating from the beginning, the characters are well written, and the plot flows well from beginning to end. This was the first novel I’ve read by Ms. Allee, and I plan to read more! I would definitely recommend this book and encourage others who like paranormal romance to give it a try! 4 stars
Usually I don’t like reading books that are part of a series, because if you haven’t read the other books, then you end up completely lost. Thankfully though, that was NOT the case with this book. Granted they do talk about things that I am assuming happened in the other books, but it was done in a way that you don’t end up confused. I enjoyed that the book was more of a thriller than anything else. There was a ton of action that takes place, and it kept me turning the pages. I think that the characters were written very well, especially Beatrice. You couldn’t help but feel for her while she was going through dealing with the side effects of her “powers”. Overall this was a very quick read and I did enjoy it. I will be sure to check out other books by the author in the future. *Received an ARC for honest review*
Do you believe in second chances? If so, then you should read this book. Along with the romance it has plenty of action and a bit of a mystery. Vampire Games is the fourth book in the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, but it can be read as a stand-alone story. This is the first book in the series that I’ve read, and I did not have any problems keeping up with what was happening. It kept me engrossed until the very end, but if you want to know what happened between Beatrice and Claude before this point, then you might want to read this series in order. Beatrice Davis is an OWEA Agent, and deals with violent visions whenever she touches an item that was involved in a crime. She has been ordered to take some time off due to the stress of her job. When her vampire ex-lover, Claude knocks on her door she is a bit surprised but agrees to meet with him. After meeting with him and holding an object that he has with him she’s not sure if she can walk away without helping because the vision she sees is one she has been seeing for a very long time. Will Claude believe her when she tells him the person she sees is the man Claude would never suspect? Or betray. Claude Desmairis is a detective with the police department’s paranormal unit. He is determined to solve a series of crimes before the person who is responsible destroys the vampire world as they know it. Not knowing who to trust he wants to keep the investigation a secret, but he knows that the one person he can share the details of the case with is Beatrice. He thought he’d gotten over walking away from the relationship they had, but as they work this case their passion reignites. As they start thinking that they might actually have a future together they never imagined it might just tear them apart forever. I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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. 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.
Man is it HOT HOT HOT in here! I received an advanced copy of this book and it was amazing!! It was so great I had to purchase the other 3 books in the series I got HOOKED! I highly recommend that if you are going to read this book 1. You have nothing else planned for the day (it’s THAT good) and that you are comfortable because it gets down right MOLTEN HOT in some of the scenes you know you just read a smoldering sex scene when YOU want a smoke after reading it and this book had no shortages of those.
Another great book by Tiffany Allee. I have loved all the books I have read from her. I will definitely be reading more in this series.
OWEA agent Beatrice Davis is on a leave from her job when Detective Claude Desmairis ask for her help in a case. She has a gift that will come in handy with this case. While she would rather stay busy helping Claude has a few problems. He is her ex lover and this case seems to have ties with someone from her brothers death. She has to work through her feelings for Claude and help sole the case. It is a dangerous case that has a vampire wanting to change things and it may be the death for Beatrice and Claude before they can have a future together. Beatrice is someone who jumps into situations without thinking. She is good at her job but takes risk that put her in danger. She is smart, sexy and very stubborn. I liked her cause she does have a few flaws but never afraid to jump in and help when she cans. Claude is the sexy vampire who had a job to do. He is very loyal to his friends and doesn't want to believe anything bad about them. He is also fighting his feelings for Beatrice because he doesn't want anything to happen to her. I have only read one other book by this author but I loved it. I have to say this is another one to add to the list of books I loved. I am going to get the other books the author has because I love the world she creates. She has wonderful characters that you grow to love and some to hate as you read. This book has danger in it as they are trying to solve the case. Both Claude and Beatrice have to face the fact that all they believe may not be true. They work well together most of the time. Sometimes they jump into things but it makes them more real. Along with vampires you get several other paranormal creatures to enjoy. Claude and Beatrice are very good together in other ways they just have to learn to trust each other and let go of the things keeping them apart. They have to fight for their lives and while I saw some of the ending coming I still highly enjoyed this book. If you want a great author to add to your auto read list put this one on yours I did. This is an amazing paranormal romance book with a great story.
Agent Beatrice Davis is an agent for The Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. She can touch an object and see visions that help solve crimes. She has been on leave. Her last case is still playing havoc with her senses, but she is restless. Work is her life. Things change when Claude Desmarais, a Chicago detective, arrives at her door with a branding iron that he needs her to check out. Her vision shocks her. It shows that there is a connection with her brother. Eddie vanished when she was 9 years old. She is determined to work with Claude, her former vampire lover, and get to the truth. Can these two reconcile their past and find a future together? Can they solve this deadly mystery before they are killed? This story is filled with so much danger and mystery. The action is non-stop and the surprises sneak up on you. Beatrice and Claude fight their attraction. They are still passionately in love but Beatrice is no damsel in distress. When this feisty lady tangles with Claude the sparks fly. He is a powerful Vampire who wants to protect her but she won't let him. I read this book in one sitting. It's that good.
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
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. Review: I swear, I must have a beacon attracting me to non first books in a series...LOL. This book really can be a stand alone, they do make references to past events and people, but at no time did I feel lost. This is the second book I have read of Ms. Allee's and I really enjoyed it. It is a quick read, and the action and story keep you interested until the end. I will go back and read the others in the series. After years on not seeing each other Claude basically shows up on Beatrice's door step asking for her help as a Pyschometrist on a case he is working on. Long ago they had worked together and had an affair, and then to "protect" her, well of course the man did it badly...lol Claude has lots of regrets and Beatrice is trying to not get hurt again because she has never really stopped loving him. She is a strong character who holds her own against an alpha male, which I enjoy. We get hints about who is the person behind the brandings and killings, so you can figure out who it is, but it is an enjoyable mystery that keeps you entertained and reading. What happens at the ends was tense and little of a shocker. Overall, a great book that I would recommend and will seek out the other books in the series. 4 stars
This was the first book I have read by Tiffany Allee and I enjoyed it. It kept my attention and I found that it was an easy read that didn't contain anything that was too complex or dark. It was a light read with some mystery and suspense that I found was enough to keep my interest. The two main characters, Claude and Beatrice, do have a past and while the story did contain what I would call light romance it wasn't too intense or overly descriptive with the scenes. This is a paranormal book with vampires, witches and other characters within the story that have supernatural abilities. I really enjoyed this book and I have recommended it to others as well. I did receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Beatrice sees visions that helps her solve mysteries. She is on a mandated leave to help save her sanity but her ex lover who is also a vampire comes to her for help she can't refuse him even though she would like to. Claude is researching a series of murders under the radar as he believes there is a mole within his division. He needs Beatrice's help to see the murderer clearly. She has never stopped loving him, and he realizes he should have never given her up. They fight crime and fight together. Great book.
You'll want to play along with this vampire in Tiffany Allee's newest Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency book. Set in Chicago, Tiffany Allee's Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency (OWEA) series is really enjoyable. I received a copy of book four, Vampire Games, to review and, of course, had to get books one through three (Banshee Charmer, Succubus Lost, Lycan Unleashed) to read first. Wow! I'm so glad I did. Allee has created really interesting characters, an arcing story line throughout the four books, and fascinating investigations into otherworldly crimes, mixed in with some very steamy romantic action. First introduced in book one, Chicago police detective and vampire Claude Desmairisis the focus of book four. In each of the three books we have glimpses of him and he is mysterious and powerful - powerful enough to be a contender with the Magister, leader of the Chicago-area vampires. First seen in book two, Succubus Lost, OWEA Agent and psychometrist Beatrice Davis is a striking red-head whose prior history with Claude is revealed in the first chapter when he comes to her for help. Bea and Claude's story, whether she can trust him both with her heart and life again, is the focus of the book along with their investigation into a branding iron that Claude and his partner Astrid (her story is told in book three, Lycan Unleashed) found. I really enjoyed Vampire Games and do hope there are more books in the series to come. Once I began reading the series, I confess, I wanted to know more about Claude (Allee knows how to tease the reader with fascinating details very successfully). I won't give away details, but in addition to alpha vamp Claude, one of the things I enjoyed about this book was learning more about Bea and getting to actually like her. (Before this her only appearance was crashing Marisol and Valerio's hotel room like a red-haired Valkyrie.) The "otherworldly" details in Allee's books, witchcraft, psychometry, shamanism, etc. are fascinating. There is enough grittiness in each of the four investigations to believe in this special investigative department of the Chicago Police force, but to my mind there wasn't a great deal of emphasis on the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, which seems like a paranormal FBI unit. Something to look forward to, I'm sure. I would highly recommend Tiffany Allee's Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series to all fans of paranormal romance and suspense. You won't want to leave a page unturned and, probably like me, will read these four books straight through. They're fun, interesting, suspenseful, and romantic. [I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
Vampire Games by Tiffany Allee Beatrice is a psychometrist with the ability to read psychic imprints from objects. Claude Desmarais is a vampire cop. As a member of the Chicago Paranormal Unit, he’d solved several high-profile crimes that had made the national news. He's asked for help from Beatrice on a confidential, potentially hazardous problem. She sees a face from her past with her abilities and is drawn into the investigation. But it will be strictly hands off in terms of working with Claude. He hurt her in the past and she has no intention of revisiting that emotion. Written in the first person format this intense paranormal mystery thriller was very interesting. This full depth world is well written with humans and non living together and an Otherworld police unit that monitors and investigates crime. I really liked the complexity of Beatrice although we find out very little about Claude which is a little lopsided. Perhaps his past will be in another book? Reminded me a little of writings by Jeannine Frost. An interesting world I would revisit. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Good mystery and spicy romance. I loved Claude!
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.
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. Blurb: 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. My review: 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.
Beatrice works for the otherworld enforcement agency "OWEA" as there psychometrist. She can read the impression left on an object. Claude is a vampire and works as a Chicago detective in the paranormal unit "PNU". Claude brings Beatrice an object to read for him and he's the last person she wants to see after what happened between them years ago. Beatrice draws a picture of the man she sees from the object and Claude tries to hide his reaction. Beatrice has a feeling that Claude knows the person and she goes to Chicago to Claude's to find out. They both are trying to fight their feelings for each other. Beatrice is going to help Claude with the investigation, even if he doesn't like it. After they follow some leads and are getting closer, they get cornered and are having to fight their way out. Beatrice gets hurt bad and is dying. Claude changes Beatrice because he can't be without her.