Jun 162014
Review: Shadows & DreamsShadows & Dreams (Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator #2) by Alexis Hall
Published by Riptide Publishing on Jun 16, 2014
Genres: Adult, GLBT, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Second rule in this line of business: be careful who you kill.

My name’s Kate Kane. And right now, I don’t know which is more dangerous: my job, or my girlfriend. My job makes me the go-to girl for every supernatural mystery in London. My girlfriend’s an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince. Honestly, I think it’s probably a tie.

A few weeks ago, I was hired for a simple missing person case. Next thing I know, I’m being arrested for murder, a vampire army is tearing up London, and even my dreams are out to get me. Something ancient, evil, and scary as hell is on the loose and looking for payback. The vampires are in chaos, the werewolves are culling everything, and the Witch Queen can’t protect everyone.

Which means it’s down to me. And all I’ve got to hold back the shadows is a stiff drink, a quirky sidekick, my creepy ex-boyfriend, and the woman who left me for a tech startup. It’s going to be another interesting day.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It’s hard to believe I read the first book in this series 6 months ago because I still remember most of the characters quite easily. Of course, Kate Kane is hard to forget, just ask the numerous ex-girlfriends that litter the story.

Like the first story, this book is full of action with multiple overlapping plotlines. There are a multitude of paranormal creatures, with Kate being an interesting mix of Fae and human herself.

This book delivers well on snark and sass. The action is non-stop, while still being easy to follow, and the characters are well developed individuals. I especially like Elise with her unique and innocent look at the world.

Similar to the first book, there is quite a bit of profanity, although it is less in-your-face in this book. There are fewer sex scenes, although they do exist. I do wish that not every female character has either slept with Kate or wants to sleep with her, as it does get a bit tiresome.

Overall, this is a very intense and fast paced story that makes for a quick read. I enjoyed jumping back into Kate’s world, and loved meeting new characters, including some very scary vampires. Like the first book, I’d recommend this, just be warned that it is a very adult story.

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