Published by Self published on Nov 12, 2010
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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After a quiet night on the town, Dev Xander and Kaz Shade suddenly find themselves surrounded by a flock of vampires. Mistaking the two men for humans and easy prey, the vampires move in for the kill. But the vampires have made a deadly mistake. Dev and Kaz aren’t human; they are Deadlies-the Seven Deadly Sins-Enforcers who execute the supernatural bad guys.
Dev and Kaz deal with the vampires in typical Enforcer fashion. But killing Snake, the leader, is only the beginning. A sovereign vampire controls this merry little band of bloodsuckers, and the Enforcers must determine who it is and execute him before the human death toll rises too high.
During their search, the Enforcers perform a few executions, rescue a few gnomes, and still find time to fall in love. Half-daemon, half-human, and all trouble, Dev struggles with his strong attraction to Maia Severn, a werewolf who is their liaison with all things gruesome. Two women from another Enforcer’s past reappear, and they both have designs on him.
NO ONE SAID THIS MISSION WAS GOING TO BE EASY.
I will admit that I didn’t have high expectation going into this local author’s book, but oh man, I was blown away, even with the cliffhanger ending. This book is about the Deadlies, each of whom represents one of the seven deadly sins. Their job is to execute supernaturals who don’t behave.
This book is not just original and unique, but it told with a very humourous, sarcastic voice. This is especially apparent in the dialogue, which is some of the most realistic and entertaining that I’ve read. The banter between Deadlies is awesome. Not only is it funny, but it makes obvious the love and respect the guys have for each other, even when they are heckling each other.
I admit that I was a bit confused about the concept of how each guy was assigned a deadly sin. It is explained fairly well, but not until well into the story. To summarize a little, the sin is not each guy’s own behaviour all the time, although the tales of Wrath and Lust seem to convey this. Instead, it seems that each sin has a life within each Deadly, and comes out as a power.
Like most paranormal stories, love plays a major part in the story, but it’s not the typical girly romance. Since the main characters are guys, and the story is told from Dev’s point of view, there is a manly vibe to the romance. It lends a different feel to the love story, which helps it to stand out from others.
This book had a major cliffhanger ending, with the main storyline being far from wrapped up. Normally I hate that in a book, but it worked in this case. I might be excusing it because I loved the voice of the story so much, but it still makes me want to read the next book as soon as possible.