Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review Friday: Lycan Unleashed

Lycan Unleashed:

From the Back Cover:

Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed—not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.  Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.  Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.

My Two Cents:

So, in the world of paranormal fiction/romance, I have been converted...I have officially switched teams.  Go werewolves - or, in this case, Lycans!

Author Tiffany Allee creates a strong, albeit small-statured, lead female in Astrid Holmes (good choice for a last name.  Can never go wrong with Holmes for a detective).  Allee did not follow the norm for a female detective by avoiding the typical need for a masculine "I am a bad-ass female that carries a gun - just like a man" attitude, and refreshingly showed Atrid's dislike for being placed in danger, and preferring 'desk duty' to 'field work'.  It did not detract from her being strong, and actually made her actions when she was in danger more impressive and admirable.  I  also appreciated the explanation of "otherworlders," which included vampires, imps, succubi, and sensitives - oh, and sexy lycans! - and how they live among the non-otherworlders (that would be you and I) in full view and in an awkward harmony.  There did seem to be an edge of contention between the regular detectives (for lack of a better term) and otherworlders on the police force, but I wish it had been played up a little more.  Perhaps, the "us against them but we are all still ultimately against the bad guys" tension.  I was also a little distracted by the switch in terminology between "otherworlders" to "OW" to "oh-dub" - perhaps explain the correct pronunciation of "OW" as "oh-dub" in the beginning, then stick to OW.  But that is just me, and others may not have that issue.

Mason is a strong, sexy, werewolf-esque romantic interest.  It was clear that he had been avoiding a relationship with Astrid over a period of time, for his own reasons (which came out later in the story) and his struggle with being around her again.  I wish there had been a little more of a build up of sexual tension, and frustration, between the two before the "big event."  

All-in-all, this is a really interesting concept for a continuing storyline, and I was able to connect with the unique characters.

I give it      and a   

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