They're here, and they're real. . .werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated. . .
Shiarra's relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family—or in this case, bringing Chaz's entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.
Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it's the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack's hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that's even closer than she knows. . .
I suppose the first thing I can say is that I picked up the first book of Jess Haines' series yesterday. And right now I'm freaking out because the fourth book doesn't come out until July. I'm having a total spazz meltdown. And I think that sentence proves it.
Because I am incapable of writing a review without a little context, I want to mention that I really enjoyed Jess Haines' first book in this series, Hunted by the Others. It stood apart from all the urban fantasy I've read recently. Lately, I've enjoyed a number of urban fantasy series, but they all seemed a little off. One descended into romantic drivel in book 3. Another lagged in book 2. Some felt rushed. Others had dialogue issues.
So while I really enjoyed Haines' book 1, I had some reservations about book 2. But book 2 was a strong sequel where my only complaint was some character discontinuity. As in I felt that a character didn't stay true to the author's original portrayal.
Well. Book 3 put everything into perspective and made Haines a contender for my favorite authors list. Absolutely incredible! I had some doubts at times, I will admit. The earlier 'villains' in book 3 are non-traditional to say in the least. But the way Haines used them to weave two plots together was absolute genius.
I really can't say much more without a generous helping of spoilery, so I'm going to wrap up this review.
Deceived by Others is a brilliant show stopper in a solid urban fantasy series brimming with endless potential. I look forward to seeing what Haines does with this series in the future.