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.
©2010 H.P. Mallory (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Dulcie O'Neil is an idiot. For some reason this particular genre has a common type: stubborn, impulsive, overly emotional, with very poor judgment, and Dulcie just may be its poster child. She acts first and thinks later, ignoring both very good advice and flashing neon signs reading "Don't go in there!" The question isn't so much "how is she ever going to get out of this one," it's "how did she ever get herself into this one." And, that's just her professional side. She comes with as much emotional baggage as dysfunctional family of four. But, she is also highly principled and fiercely loyal to those she cares about. When she puts her own life on the line, it's to help and protect others.
The plots and other characters are interesting and, when Dulcie isn’t getting in her own way, there’s enough suspense to keep the reader engaged. By the third book, Great Hexpectations, it appears our little girl may be growing up. The narrator, Therese Plummer is very good and does a great job of bring all the characters to life.
All and all, I do recommend the series if you don’t mind periodically rolling your eyes and thinking, “For God’s sake, Dulcie, grow up!”
Find a better writer.
She needs to decide what genre she is writing and stick with it. It starts off hilarious then tries to be serious, then tries to be a mystery, then a romance. It never finds cohesion.
The opening scene is great. The book falls apart after that.
Disappointment. I feel like a wasted a credit on this book.
The performance is really good, given what the reader had to work with.
over the top
I laughed through most of it
It was a great and easy listen. Also VERY enjoyable!!
A fun story line, very entertaining story - just the type of thing I like to listen to while commuting to work or traveling in the car. Nothing so earth shattering that you cannot concentrate on driving, but interesting enough to keep you awake and engaged in the story, and wanting to get back to the story soon.
the story line and the comedy
I listened to the other Dulcie O'niel books. She is great to listen to because every character sounds different allowing each of them to shine.
i did laugh a few times and at the end of every book my mouth drops at the unexpected cliff hanger.
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 had no idea what to expect when I started listening to this book because this was the first I "read" (listened to) by HP Mallory. Boy was I not disappointed. This series really kept me interested, and I actually loved all of them so much that when I finished the last one I just started right back at the beginning! ...and then found other books she's written and bought them as well!
So if you've gotten as far as reading this review, stop stalling and just buy it already! You'll have a blast!
The problem with this book does not lie with the narrator. It isn't her fault that 70% in I decided I didn't really give a crap about what happens at the end and gave up.
I didn't feel like I was reading about faeries and vampires and other paranormal creatures at all. There was nothing actually otherworldly about any of them and it as really disappointing.
Bram is basically just a subpar version of Laurel K Hamilton's "Jean-Claude". But instead of "ma petite" he thinks it is funny to call Dolcie "sweet". It's basically the same character. He owns a club and everything.
I don't particularly like any of the other 3 male "love interests" at all. Quillin or whatever the hell his name is...I guess he's okay, but I still don't like him. The other three are pompous a-holes.
And don't get me started on Dolcie. She's a friggin' idiot. She's supposed to be law enforcement and the best but she screws up all over the place and lets everyone else convince her of what she should be doing, except when she decides not to listen to them and then ends up screwing up again.
She's supposed to be this super hot faerie according to all the men in this book but she's insecure enough that she goes around being jealous of all the other women in the book, and it actually interferes with her work. I hate main characters that hate how they look to the point where it comes up over and over and friggin' over again. Can't we get some women who are friggin' comfortable with themselves or something to follow around? She may as well be any regular human lead in a young adult paranormal romance.
Also, I'm not into S&M or anything, and I would have been fine if Dolcie was just turned off by the goings on there, but then she went and called everyone who might be interested in such a thing freaks and made it seem like it was wrong (and also ruined her undercover shit there for a second time, why didn't she just tell Knight to go there himself, she's so dumb), and that's about when I gave up on this book.
If I'm lucky, Audible will let me return it or something.
I hated this book. The heroine of this book has all the maturity and judgement of a thirteen-year-old. The main love interest is a controlling jerk with no respect for boundaries-- he should have been reported for assault and sexual harassment and never spoken to again. The whole thing read like a Harlequin Romance, except that the "romance" was either absent or incredibly annoying. Ick!
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.
"Enjoyed this quirky tale and well read"
I would listen again as the characters were great
Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels series
Yes well read with goo pace
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