Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.
Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.
Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.
Unless she can stop it.
Kelly Meding’s newest foray into the urban fantasy genre starts off easily enough with Shiloh finally back home after an assignment and ready to engage in some skin privileges with her boyfriend. Before they can get to the good stuff she and her team are called in to a sticky situation involving a whole heck of a lot of vampires, a hostage situation and a trailer park. Shiloh Harrison, half djinn/half human, is a Federal Marshall in the Para unit and she and her team, which consists of a skin walker, a dhampir, a fallen incubus, and an ex-military human, are who keep order in the supernatural world. When they get called into Myrtle’s Acres to investigate a hostage situation they are also drawn into a bigger mystery. With her boss missing, Shiloh teams up with a Master Vampire and sets out to discover who is abducting vampires and werewolves.
I’ve had a little bit of trouble lately staying focused and engaged while reading. I’m not exactly sure why, but not much has been really holding my attention lately. That is until I picked up this first book in this new series by Kelly Meding. I was intrigued from the moment Shiloh walked onto the page right up to when she woke with a faulty memory.
Ms. Meding has created an interesting world with engaging characters. Not just your usual vampires and werewolves, but she has drawn in goddesses and djinn, mentions the fae briefly, and has other less well-known supernatural species as well. I’m intrigued. The master vampire who plays second to Shiloh in the investigation, Woodrow Tennyson, is drawn so well I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will end up a love interest. He’s powerful, but honest and seemed to care quite deeply about his line, not in a “they belong to me” way, but more in a deep friendship and long-lasting relationship way. I’m hoping that mentions of his bisexuality will mean that Shiloh has a chance at more than one lover as the series continues on. This book was light on the romance, but I can see the beginnings of a connection between these two and I hope to see it develop in the future.
The mystery kept me deeply engaged and I loved the twists and turns as Shiloh and Tennyson slowly but surely figure out the identities and motives of the bad guys. There is a lot going on and it is intense and complex. I really had no idea what would happen until it all accumulated at the end. No one really comes out unscathed and I kept thinking that Ms. Meding couldn’t kill off everyone, because someone had to come back to have Shiloh’s back in the next book. (Don’t worry, it’s all good.) This means I really became invested in each of these characters and their well-being. The team may have been banged up, bruised and bloody, but I’ll be glad to see them again when the second book the series comes out next year.
Apparently this is a spin-off from a novella in the Carniepunk Anthology, but I haven’t read it and wasn’t in the least bit lost. So don’t worry if you see this mentioned in other reviews and worry that you will need to read that first. Although, now that I have been introduced to Shiloh and her team I am so intrigued I might just go ahead and pick it up.
This is one new series I am excited for and recommend whole heartedly. I am excited to see what comes next. Final grade- B-
“Kathleen,” I said, “turn around slowly. There’s hobgoblin with a birthday present walking right toward us.”
“Is that the start of some awful joke?” she asked.