I have to say, there just aren’t as many new Urban Fantasy series out there as there used to be, so it’s kind of exciting for me to find one that I enjoyed. I read this debut by Lisa Emme in one sitting. While it doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, it is an entertaining story that fills a void in the market right now. There is just enough of a romantic thread to satisfy. And there is a promise of more story without a cliffhanger to raise your blood pressure.
Our heroine, Harry, can see and hear ghosts. She lives in a world where supernaturals keep a low profile, but here, you can find just about any of the genre’s major players. In fact, her roommates are a witch and a werewolf. As the story begins, Harry’s grandmother –her dead grandmother– is trying to set her up with a handsome man. Only problem is, Bryce isn’t alive either. His spirit, however, is more than happy to make Harry’s acquaintance. You see, someone has murdered him and he needs help with some unfinished business; business that will pull Harry into serious danger.
All this lands Harry in the orbit of two powerful men: Salvador, the leader of the vampires.. and Nash, the sexy shifter cop who develops into a love interest. We learn a lot about the players as the story unfolds. And Harry’s dynamic with Nash is nothing like love at first sight. I enjoyed their biting adversarial relationship. Nash is definitely alpha, but Harry is no wilting flower. I like that she stands up for herself and can hold her own with all the powerful men around her. In fact, as the story progresses, she becomes quite a force to be reckoned with, herself.
I liked the tone of the book. It’s on the light side without being silly. The characters were interesting enough that I would like to see more of them. The pacing is good and there is plenty going on, without it being too much. The only thing is, with this novel being on the shorter side, it’s not able to get down to any kind of emotional level. It’s not evocative. But it is engaging.
If you’re looking for an urban fantasy fix that doesn’t feel like a rehash of everything that came out 5 or 10 years ago, I’d suggest giving this one a try. I will be back for book two when it comes out next year.
*ARC provided by author
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Dead and Kicking
by Lisa Emme
Release Date: October 2, 2015