Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want?
But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when your roommate's very bad ex-boyfriend wants her back and wouldn't mind you in the process. And especially when he's six feet of sheer supernatural seduction and you've got a demon mark that makes vampires literally hotter than hell.
To save herself and Ivy, Rachel must confront the vampire master - and the dark secrets she's hidden even from herself.
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©2005 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor
"You'll love this bounty hunter!" (Charlaine Harris)
"[Rachel Morgan] is a protagonist that blends the best qualities of Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum." (Jim Butcher)
I enjoyed the first book in the series and wanted to like this one too, but it was too gruesome, not lighthearted enough, and the main character became more and more annoying. Having the heroine continually make wrong assumptions and bad decisions didn't work for me. Character flaws can invigorate a story, but this time they didn't.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
This series is just a fun listen. It is not for those of you looking for the depths of The Mists of Avalon. What it does give you is a fun ride, with surprisingly interesting characters that begin to really grow on you. It's mind candy at it's finest, just remember to brush afterwards!
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I loved the first book in the series so much but this one really let me down. It fell into the trap that a lot of female-centric fantasy books do which is soft-core porn. I'm glad that Rachel and her boyfriend have a lively sex life, but the unimaginative details are too common for the genre. I'm still not sure why she's dating this guy, anyway. He put her in debt to a demon in the first book. That's not leaving the cap off the toothpaste, that's putting her soul in danger when she begged him not to. Also, the excuses that she makes for her room mate, who attacks her over and over, makes her sound like a delusional battered wife. "It's my fault, she needs me, I'm special, I'll be careful next time, I'm worried about her." blah-blah-blah. So annoying! That said, I thought the second book in the Dresden Files series was horrible for many of the same reasons. I'm willing to give the next book a try after a break.
I found the characters confusing and was bored by the fact that a lot of it was just chit chat. I like vampires, and I like adventure but this book was just plain boring.
I love all the supernatural love stories. Vampires stories are my favorites.
There was a tad too much repetition and too much unnecessary details. I still liked it but did find myself rolling my eyes and fast forwarding it in a few areas. I was also slightly irritated with how she was constantly attacked by her roommate the vampire. It was just borderline irritating so, Yes I'm getting the next book and hope it's better.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished:The Good, The Bad, and The Undead by Kim Harrison was a good follow-up and I am getting hooked on the series.
What I Liked:
1: Rachel, Jenks, and Ivy
2: The Action
3: The Mystery
4: The twisty, turny events of the story
What was Meh:
1: Her dating life makes me crazy (not in a good way)
3: Not a lot moving forward in the world.
Narrated By Marguerite Gavin / Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
Marguerite Gavin is perfect for Rachel! I am really enjoying this on audio and will skip the one that she didn't do. She really brings a little something extra to the table.
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
I enjoyed the storyline of different magicals/non-humans trying against the odds (and against the advice of those around them) to live and work together. I like the internal struggles they go through as well as the day-to-day challenges of being bounty hunters & PIs. The reader does a great job in vocalizing the different characters, enabling me to visualize Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and the others. I've only listened to the first 2 books, but so far, Jenks is my favorite pixy. I do have one complaint; it just seems that Rachel's success in life and in her job happen by accident or by sheer luck. I was hoping that Rachel grows in the series, gets a little smarter, and things actually happen the way she meant it to happen
Beginning: Carpenter Middle: Marine then Firefighter Latter part: IT Admin; Books have always provided fuel for my imagination to feed on.
Loved it, far better than book one and very good story telling. Cant wait for three.
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