Paen Scott is a Dark One: a vampire without a soul. And his mother is about to lose hers too if Paen can't repay a debt to a demon by finding a relic known as the Jilin God in five days. Half-elf Samantha Cosse may have gotten kicked out of the Order of Diviners, but she's still good at finding things, which is why she just opened her own private investigation agency. Paen is one of Sam's first clients and the only one to set her elf senses tingling, which makes it pretty much impossible to keep their relationship on a professional level. Sam is convinced that she is Paen's Beloved - the woman who can give him back his soul...whether he wants it or not.
©2006 Marthe Arends (P)2013 Tantor
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First - the narrator makes it sound like the lead character is a old maid who shouldn't be in this story at all. Sorry but I just can't make stories like these work when I think of the lead as a 40+ year-old.
Second - why did the stories leave the Eastern European them? The vampires being Scottish made no sense. Plus, how much additional lore did the author fit into this book that I feel like hasn't come up in past ones. I also liked how previously every story linked slightly together with one or two characters but this book comes from left field and didn't feel like it fit.
Overall, I'm not sure I'll be going on to the next since it seems a risk now.
I'm taking a break from MacAlister for a while. She finds a formula and goes with it, but after a few iterations of the formula it gets a little boring. I also really struggle with her "falling in love in a week" theme in every single book. Sure, they are supernatural beings and completely unrealistic, but even that fast of a romance is unrealistic.
I have heard this lady read other books and I need to remember that she sounds like she is holding her nose. It's not the best.
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