Deceived by the Others by Jess Haines
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 352 pages
Release date: July 5th, 2011
Series: H&W Investigations #3
Reviewed by: Tynga
Source: Review copy sent by the author
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…
Shiarra Waynest had her share of Paranormal battles in the past and she’s now trying to stay out of trouble. Trying is the keyword here. She’s heading to a retreat in the woods for a vacation with her boyfriend Chaz, at the moon full, to meet his pack. She brought with her a contract that would legally bind her to him. Is she ready to take this big step? Will more trouble arise in paradise?
If I had to use only one word to describe Deceived by the Others it would be Unexpected. The entire plot line totally took me off guard and I regaled in the unknown. Aside from one particular event, I never saw coming any of the bricks falling on Shia’s head. Jess Haines succeeded at knitting a tight and surprising plot that will keep you on your toes.
Shia was a lot more levelheaded than she used to be (except at a very specific moment) so it was nice to see this growth. But with everything that’s happened in this installment, I can’t help but feel pity for her. Everything she’s going through is insane and I’m dying to know what’s gonna happen next, because even though Jess tidied-up the main plot line, two very important questions are left unanswered.
I have to say: Oh. My. Freaking. God. Chaz… What. The. Hell. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you’ve read the book *winks*
Royce is seriously growing on me. I love the guy more and more and I really hope he won’t disappoint me. I missed Arnold this time around, he is mentioned and Shia talks to him on the phone but I’m very fond of him and I hope he’ll get a bigger role in the next book. For some reason I just picture him like a World of Warcraft gnome in my head. Go figure. We also get to meet a trio of geeks and Shia didn’t understand a thing they said, whereas I knew exactly what they were talking about, which got me wondering over my sanity…
All in all, the H&W Investigations series is an amazing open Urban Fantasy world. Magi, Vampires & Werewolves alike will charm their way into your heart, be warned though, they might have dreadful intensions! Lock your doors and keep a weapon handy because in Shia’s world, you’re never really safe.