I first read this book years ago and was reminded of the series by a post I read of Facebook. I decided to give the series a re-read, and realised that I’d never reviewed the books, because when I first read them I didn’t leave reviews. I’m righting that omission now.
This book is an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance hybrid. In my mind Paranormal Romance books focus solely on the romance aspect of things, whilst Urban Fantasy is much more plot and action orientated. Whilst there is a hefty dose of romance in this book, there is also a great deal of plot, which is a fine line to walk. I believe Eileen Wilks succeeded in walking that line.
Lily Yu is a homicide detective with San Diego Police Department. She’s only 28 and is proud of achieving that goal. She is also a Sensitive, someone who can sense magic and magical beings. In this reality supernatural creatures are acknowledged but people are prejudiced against them and they only recently got some rights to be treated as citizens but werewolves or Lupi as they are called can still be killed when they are wolf form.
Lily has been called to a murder and follows the leads that send her to Rule, a prince of the Nokolai pack of Lupi. There is an instant connection, but he is the suspect in the murder.
Lily has to walk a tightrope between what is right and procedure within her department and the unspoken rules of the brotherhood of cops. Her feelings for Rule complicate matters
All the characters in this book are interesting, in particular Lily’s grandmother. She’s fascinating, as is her relationship with Lily. Lily is a complex character disguised as a straight forward one. With each chapter we peel back another layer of her personality and see her more clearly. We learn less about Rule in this book, but he’s still a very interesting and enigmatic character who loves his people and his family.
This book ends with a HFN, but leaves many questions unanswered and draws the reader on into discovering how the problems are solved.
I’m so glad I re-read this book, I can’t wait to start on the next in the series.
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