Hunted By The Others by Jess Haines
This book is one you don`t want to miss!
"Hunted by the Others" is the first installment in the H&W Investigations series by Jess Haines, published by Zebra Books.
I picked this up on a whim. I was in the mood for a Urban Fantasy with Romance, particularly vampire that day, and came across this novel. I seen this novel around a bunch for the past little while, but I didn't know what to expect. Quickly in, I realized I was going to really enjoy this book.
The H&W Investigations series is based in our modern day world with a twist. Vampires, werewolves and mages exist alongside us humans, but the immortal beings and humans don't get along as some series portray, not to mention the hostility between the immortals themselves.
Before I go on, I want to say how much I enjoy the Vampire vs Were tale. Natural enemies with a centuries-old-grudge is always a fun read.Vampire vs Weres vs Mages. It's always a fun concept.
First off, the "immortals" of this novel were hidden for centuries, until 9/11, then they soon came out to the world. Some are fine with it, but most aren't.. there are orginaztions against them like every other "what's different is wrong" type group. The White Hats are an example of that. They are the extremists and anti-other beings of the series, which I really didn't like... but I think that was the point of them in the story.
The story is narrated in first person by Shiarra. Shiarra is a tough ass, normal hard working woman, looking out for herself and her friends while working as private investigator and barley getting by. The novel starts with Shiarra and a woman at a restaurant. That particular woman is head in an organization called The Circle. The Circle wants to hire Shiarra to recover a magical artifact called a focus from a ancient, very good looking vampire, named Alec Royce. The last thing Shiarra wants to do is tangle with immortals, but her bank account says otherwise, and the Circle has money to spare..and then some.
The mesmerizing vampire named Alec Royce was unique. In some ways he reminded me of Jean-Claude from The Anita Blake series, but with less personility. (He's also the head vampire in New York, like Jean Claude is the master vampire of St. Louis) Considering he wasn't always in "his" state of mind...(Which I won't get into detaile about..) we didn't get to much of a personility vibe from him. (IMO anyway) Don't get me wrong, what I read, I liked, but I just didn't feel like he was the main male for the story, but just the hot, mysterious male of the story. I have a feeling he will be much bigger a character throughout the series. I can't wait. ;)
Shiarra's Ex, Chaz was a hit in my book. Yes, he was the protective, jealous, hot werewolf, but I couldn't help but love him. I wasn't sure waht his angle was, but I didn't care, I like his character. I can't wait to see more of him as well.. I'm wanting both, and waiting to see what Haines decides!
The rest of the secondary characters were also a hit for me. I really enjoyed Arnold, the geeky mage, who was a great friend in this novel. I was surprised of his interests, but I thought it went well with the story. He's a favorite of mine.
Sara was a great friend and character, she's Shiarra's Ivy to her Rachel (The Hollows series by Kim Harrison) minus the sexual tension. haha!Oh, and I cannot forget the talking stake belt. It was weird, but I liked it.. I won't give to much away, but lets say, it's unique.
As for the storyline, I found it very enjoyable. Good pacing,plenty of action and romance. An enteraining read that will keep you on your toes, filled with supernatural and fantasy. "Hunted by the Others" is a must read for all Urban Fantasy lovers. It delivers everything you've come to expect from this genre. I cannot wait to read Taken by others tonight!
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