The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.
Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator - a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.
Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs, and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.
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71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
It just tooooo kitchy for me. In the first scene our heroine has been turned into something gross and her cookie-baking friend is trying to reverse the spell while baking cookies, which the "thing" devours. Hmmm - not my taste (pardon the pun - or don't).
I found the heroine -Dolce -a bit retarded. One or two stupid moments are allowable in a heroine, but a number of stupid moments? Got too irritating....
An okay read overall, but not sure it's enough to propel me into the series.....the Barbie-looking cover picture may be more apt than I would have believed....
I'm a little tired of books having multiple potential love interests for the heroine. Two possible love interests is more than enough but this one has three which I think is a little overboard. Also, I hope in future books that Dulcie stops saying "holy Hades" (and variations on a theme) so much. It got to be annoying after a while.
Therese Plummer does a nice job with Dulcie's voice. The voices for the male characters aren't fantastic but they are passable.
Overall the story was enjoyable to listen too but it wasn't anything spectacular. I had been hoping to really love the story and was disappointed that I didn't. It had moments I really enjoyed but mostly I was just ambivalent about it. I already have book 2 on my kindle so I will probably give it a try and see if the series gets better. I may even buy the audiobook for it too since Therese Plummer did a nice job with it.
Addicted to happy endings!
No spoilers in this review :)
Most notable positive aspect of the book - Funny and personable characters. Their responses were relatable, even with the added magical abilities.
Descriptive & Fun!
If I had fairy dust in today's society (cruddy apartment/driving a car/ordering fast food/policing the outlaws) I think I would respond the same way the main character does. The magical powers can be used in limited ways (you cannot use it as a holy grail solution to everything) but the different powers are sufficient to keep you from carrying lighters and pepper spray, with the added benefit of being able to always see the true object/person no matter the disguise. The narrator had a wide range of emotional voices. You could see the narrator smiling and grimacing and furrowing her brows as she acted out all of the characters. Each character had their own personality due to the vocal expression, so they were not dependant on the unique man/woman/monster voice. The author was INCREDIBLY colorful in all her descriptions. I could see each detail, and still she found wonderful fun words to make the picture complete! Example: She looked crusty, bumpy, and Booger-fied (instead of just green and slimy)
There is so much unnecessary cussing in the book that I became squirmy and dispirited. The author was successfully being colorful without all the cusswords, so why did she sprinkle so many throughout? Most likely the author used the cusswords as an expression to make the main character appear unrefined and realistic. Honestly, I don't want to listen to a real co-worker or friend cuss like that, so having the main character do it was uncomfortable. Added negativity that just didn't belong in such a fun story…could have used fake expletives (Dang it! Shoot! Heck No! ) and the same objective would have been achieved.
Needless to say, I squirmed through the first hour or two, but the cussing was too much for me, so I put it down for a while. I realized that wasn't fair, so I continued to listen a few weeks later. I finished it, and will be checking to see if the cussing has been reduced in number 2. I would like to enjoy the series…but for the cussing…It is a shame, because the story was INCREDIBLE!
Great characters, a lot of fun to listen to. The narrator does a good job with the voices, keeps you in the story. Plot line will interest you to the very end. Fantastic job all around.
Say something about yourself!
This is an entertaining urban fantasy with a headstrong, hardworking police officer. Dulcie polices the Netherworld with tenacity of a pit bull. Her job throws her into dangerous situations, but she is trained for those. It is the attraction to her boss, a warlock, which throws her life in disarray.
A very light enjoyable comedy for pleasure listening.
I do like kick butt chick vampire slayers
There was an interesting sory line but could not work out if the author was trying to be funny, tounge in cheek or serious, she seems to change her mind from one chapter to the next
If you're looking for something that is extremely light to pass the time until the book you may be waiting for comes out then this is for you. It's obvious that this author is new therefore ignore continuity and writing style. If you can get past all of that then the book is rather fun. Dulcie is a regulator law enforcement office and a faerie. her main job is to monitor creatures from the netherworld and keep them in line. When a friend of hers ends up dead she gets blamed and fights her way through the lies with a hunk of a man named Knight Vander. The two together have the typical spats and loathing that is typical with any book of the genre to battle the forces of evil to come out on top.
I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!
I literally couldn't believe my ears at the beginning of the book. Talk about grossness! Our poor heroine, Dulcie, had been turned into a big green frog kind of thing and nasty stuff was dripping everywhere. Not what I had expected, but I was amused! Okay, and repulsed a bit too.. which was probably the idea.
Another reviewer stated that this author is new, and that would explain a lot. The story is solid and entertaining, no doubt about it, but there were a few times I thought it a bit jerky - or the 'flow' just felt a bit off. Nothing I can pinpoint exactly. This is where having a book in print might make it easier to review.
The story is enjoyable with a new spin on fairies and magical law enforcement. The way she shakes fairy dust into her palm, but has a problem when her palm is injured ... well, that was a priceless imagination at work, in my opinion.
This is a story I'd recommend, despite a few parts that had too much gore in the description of a crime scene for my taste. But I'm a wuss, so that's pretty normal. I am thinking of purchasing the next book just to see where the story goes.
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