Her Cincinnati is very different from the one we
know. About a generation ago, a disease wiped out most of the human
population. It came to them through tomatoes.
Paranormals were all immune. So now the roles are
switched - humans are very much in the minority, and paranormals
control most everything.
And it's very much a "separate but equal" pretense,
wherein each group has their own law enforcement, and they even
live in separate areas of the same city.
Also, only paranormals will eat anything with tomatoes
or tomato sauce, so all the pizza joints are pretty much run by
the vampires these days.
This is the fifth book in the series, and elements
from previous novels do carry over, but generally each book can
stand alone. However, I'll warn you, once you're hooked on the series,
you'll want to read them all.
Rachel is a compelling character. She broke with
the branch of law enforcement that controls the paranormals to go
independent. She had a human lover who, at one point, used her to
bargain with a demon, which ended up causing her to become a demon's
familiar for a while.
Now she's involved with a living vampire, Kisten,
and has become a pack member to a lone wolf alpha werewolf so that
he won't be forced to join another pack.
She's discovered secrets about two of the most incredibly
powerful men in her community, Piscary the ruling vampire, and Trent,
a wealthy and supposedly human businessman.
In the book previous to this, Rachel had to rescue
a were-artifact that the vampires wanted (since it would allow them
to wipe out the weres) and which the weres wanted (because it allows
them to make weres), which had been stolen by her human ex-boyfriend.
Oh, and she had to save his life while doing it.
Now the artifact is in hiding with the alpha were
David (for whom Rachel makes up his "pack"), but it's not finished
causing trouble. Suddenly human women are turning up as partially
turned weres and very, very dead - and the artifact may be the cause.
Worse still, Trent's getting married to a wealthy
and manipulative woman, and he's insisting that Rachel be in the
wedding party because someone wants him dead. So Rachel finds herself
a bridesmaid that the bride doesn't want, in a wedding she wants
no part of.
And, as if things couldn't get more complicated,
the former church she lives in has been de-sanctified because a
mad (as in totally loony) and very powerful demon showed up in it
by possessing Rachel. Rachel manages to survive the possession,
but it once again finds her involved with demons far more intimately
than any sane person wants.
If it seems there's a lot going on in the story,
there is. It's lively, quick, and entertaining.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of Jenks, the gorgeous
pixy with 28 children, a loving wife, and a habit of swearing. Well,
pixy swearing - things like "Tink's dildo!" I adore him.
The mysteries are always complex, and the solutions
are not always good. Bad things do happen in these books, but Rachel
and her friends are survivors, and they are making their way in
a world that is full of danger and magic and very bad sorts on every
The humor is bountiful, and the relationships touching
This is a wonderful series, and anyone who enjoys
paranormal mysteries should enjoy these. They are a true treat.
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