Already the alpha pair of Denver's werewolf pack, Kitty and Ben now plan to tie the knot human-style by eloping to Las Vegas. Kitty is looking forward to sipping froufrou drinks by the pool and doing her popular radio show on live television, but her hotel is stocked with werewolf-hating bounty hunters.
Elsewhere on the Strip, an old-school magician might be wielding the real thing; the vampire community is harboring a dark secret; and the irresistible star of a suspicious animal act is determined to seduce Kitty. Sin City has never been so wild, and this werewolf has never had to fight harder to save not only her wedding but her very life.
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Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
Ok, something about the name "Kitty" turned me off this book for about a year, finally I gave into to all the recommendations. I am glad I did. She is funny and so unlucky, it reminds me of Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich series, but much much more unlucky. I got hooked quickly and I only have one book left in the series. Each book builds on the last, and average about 7 hours a piece just enough time for Kitty to get herself in trouble and right back out of it again. This is not a deep book but enjoyable just the same. It's light at times, funny, and then serious but not so overwhelming that you can't set it down and come back to it. Its a good light read and the narrator was just perfect for the book, she tells the story in a light enjoyable way, and she has become the voice of Kitty in my mind.
This is a good story but it feels incomplete, like a PART I. The characters are not as developed as her other books. Kitty is still a great main character and this about her trip to Vegas to get married to Ben....add a radio show, her parents, and Vegas chaos intertwined with were-tigers, vampires, bounty hunters and a poker tournament. It just didn't flow as well as the other books but you need to read it because the next book picks up where this left off. It was OK, not great!
Not the series best
Tantalizing if a bit unsatisfying. The Long Game comes back around to tantalize us with
where the series is taking us in future books. I enjoy the relationship between Kitty and Ben. Being an attorney myself, I like Ben as a coolheaded partner to Kitty's trouble causing curiousity and frankness. This was a nice continuation of their partnership but the actual story line was a little too creepy for my taste.
Any of the number of meetings with Ben's friends in the werewolf bounty hunter convention taking place in Kitty's Vegas hotel. I enjoyed the dialogues between the werewolf pair and their natural sworn frenemies.
Ziegfried and Roy in shapeshifter/vampire Land.
I've been slowly working my way through the series and this is probably my least favorite so far. There are important elements included in the book but somehow the storyline as a whole didn't grab me so I could give it a true thumbs up. Maybe it's the Ziegfried and Roy storyline (I've always found those two a little creepy in real life, and kind of a joke) but I just didn't feel as satisfied at the end as I have with the other books in the series I've finished so far. I really like this series, the main characters, and the narrator always does a great job. Looking forward to getting more credits to spend on the 2 books I think I've missed.
I really like the Kitty Norville series. The writing is terrific. And you can't go wrong with Marguerite Gavin as narrator. She has a great voice!
My rating: Teen (violence)
Favorite character/s: Brenda/Evan
Kitty and Ben are planning a wedding, but werewolves hate crowds.... Solution? Vegas, baby! The whole idea seems ideal, until: 1) Mom and Dad want to come along, 2) Kitty's boss wants her to do a televised radio show from Vegas, and 3) Rick wants her to deliver a message (supposedly an introduction) to the Vegas master vamp Dom. Ben agrees, as long as Kitty will let him gamble all he wants. Sexy blue wedding dress? Check! Kicky heels? Check! Sexy fiancé? Check? Mom and Dad? Check????
So far so good, and I was all in, but the storyline gets a little muddled and far fetched once they get to Vegas. (I know, I know, it's a werewolf story with vampires thrown in, it's supposed to be farfetched, right?). The problem isn't so much that we start dealing with the possibility of more "otherness", it's that so much is thrown at us at once. All in one book. All in one town, and all at the same time. Some of the story breaks down.
What happens to Ben? We find out at the end, but even that explanation is muddled by Evan's part in it. Why does there have to be an "Evan's part" to begin with? It made more sense without Evan's contribution. Don't get me wrong; I'm very glad that Evan and Brenda are in the book, and I hope they show up in other books, but the whole "what happened to Ben" part was really confusing, and I'm not sure it really moved the story except as a plot device. It was just too convenient.
Then there's the vampire Dom. He's just odd. His speech is odd, his mannerisms are odd, and his whole network is odd. Why did Rick send her to Dom? Does Rick suspect something? I hope we find out that Rick suspected something, otherwise his reasons for sending Kitty to Dom are a little...I'm not sure. I'm hoping this one works toward the long game, and wasn't just another plot device.
The Vegas lycanthrope debacle was an interesting introduction for a different supernatural development, but I wasn't as fond of the way these lycanthropes were introduced. I don't know, I guess it just put my hackles up. And there was the magician... I'm intrigued by him, and I hope he shows up in another book. I also hope we get to see what the backstory is between him and the lycanthropes in Vegas. And the priestess; I guess we'll find out more about her in another book.
That's my point though, this book wasn't that long, but the story went in so many directions, it feels like the whole story was muddled. Where was the buildup? And what about the...cliffhanger is the wrong word, but it's obviously a lead-in to another book. One of the things I really liked about these books was their standalone storylines. Not that each book doesn't need some sort of backstory after the first one, but the plots are "whole" somehow. This entire book feels more like a plot device for future books. Not that I haven't already purchased those other books, but I hope they don't turn out the same way. I really enjoyed the previous episodes, and I want to enjoy future ones just as much. I'll chalk this one up to "world building", and hope for the best.
As always, Marguerite Gavin delivers a fine performance.
Kitty's back - and getting married to her pack mate and lawyer in Vegas... if they can avoid being kidnapped by the mob, being shot at by supernatural bounty-hunters, and being sacrificed to an ancient god by feline lycanthropes. What a honeymoon!
After the very clear story arc in the first four books, I always struggle a little bit with Dead Man's Hand (I think this is my third read). Not that the story isn't good; it is. It's just that I'm not sure where it's supposed to be going. I also wonder if the first thing a new werewolf alpha would really do after a takeover is leave pack and territory.
However, this book does introduce one of my very favorite characters; Odysseus Grant. Grant is an old-style stage magician in Vegas, complete with top hat and tails and all the classic illusionist tricks like scarves and rings and rabbits in hats. But his real purpose in Vegas is a bit more interesting. Grant is a guardian, tracking old-style dark magic, like the cult of Tiamat and an old portal to a Lovecraftian realm. I would SO love some stories about Grant; he's mysterious and enigmatic and oh-so interesting. There have to be some good stories there. Vaughn writes a lot of short stories; I'll have to go scour her website to see if any of them have been about Grant.
I also like the observations Kitty makes about her relationship with Ben. She describes that love "snuck up" on them; it didn't hit them like a massive explosion. Their wolves mated first, and then their human sides came later. I really like how Vaughn writes a realistic relationship for Kitty and Ben; they fight, they aren't attached at the hip, Ben's not an "alpha" male as we see in some books--he lets Kitty be herself and do her thing. They worry about each other, but they don't limit each other. It's a really refreshing take on relationships in popular culture.
Overall, I like this book, but not quite as much as the first four. But that's okay, 'cause there are a lot more books to come. :)
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I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a pretty good story and addition to the series. Kitty and Ben are engaged and her ailing mother seems determined to guilt her into having the wedding quickly (while her mother's still around to see it...). Kitty and Ben are frustrated by the thought of all the planning and don't really want a big wedding so they decide on the plan to elope to Las Vegas to get married. When Kitty's boss finds out about the trip, he comes up with the idea for her to do a live show that's also on TV while in Vegas. Kitty's a bit frustrated over being expected to work over her wedding weekend but agrees. To placate her mother, Kitty invites her parents to Vegas for the nuptials but no one else.
Things were going to be busy enough with Kitty and Ben's wedding as well as Kitty doing her show but of course other things have to turn up to cause more issues for them. On the paranormal side; there's a magician that appears to be a decent guy but is too mysterious to tell for sure, the vampire master of the city who doesn't really seem to be master of anything, as well as a group of shifters that perform a shifter animal act in Vegas and seem to gain an unhealthy interest in Kitty. On the more mundane side of things there's still some danger since the hotel they're staying in is hosting a gun show and many of the paranormal hunters that Cormic and Ben know are there. Unfortunately, none of them are especially friendly to Kitty and a couple seem to be very interested in taking her out just for the sake of saying they did. Obviously, there's a lot of stuff going on that causes drama and danger. Kitty and Ben stumble through and manage to come out of things alright in the end and then Kitty and Ben head home married and happy to get out of Vegas.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I still liked Kitty as a heroine but I will say that there were a few times in this book where she seemed to lack her usual intelligence and ran into trouble without thinking at all. I mean she's made some mistakes in judgement before but in this book it just seemed worse. Thankfully, she makes some friends that help her get through things alright. Overall, the story was still pretty good (even with a bit of frustration on my part) and I still liked the characters so I'd recommend it (and the series). :)
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
I’m a big Kitty Norville fan: she’s witty and brave and the books have serious content, delivered with a light touch. Normally I’m cheering for Kitty to win the day and sad that there are no more pages left to read. Yet with “Kitty And The Dead Man’s Hand”, I found myself going “Is that it?” and “What was Kitty thinking”.
The story seemed promising enough: Kitty and Ben, already mated for life as an Alpha pair in a werewolf pack, decide to make things official in the human world and get married. To avoid the fuss of a big wedding, Kitty decides to get married in Vegas and her boss uses this as an opportunity to get her to do her radio show live on TV. He also books Kitty and Ben into a hotel that is running a gun show, complete with silver bullet carrying bounty hunter. Add in a magician who reads H P Lovecraft, a Vampire Master only interested in partying and a bizarre tribe of werecats and it should have been quite a ride.
Instead, I found it unsatisfying.
I’ve been to Vegas a few times, I even renewed my wedding vows there, and I thought Carrie Vaughn caught the atmosphere of the place well, so that wasn’t the problem.
I think the problem was Kitty. She’s on her own for most of the book for various reasons, even though she brought Ben and her mother and father to Vegas with her. She stumbles around getting into trouble and mostly waiting for someone else to get her out of it. She gives little thought to her family and only a little more to Ben. Her relationship with the BDSM-loving werecats didn’t convince me. The way two of bounty hunters reacted to her was also hard to swallow. The marriage, when it did finally occur, seemed crass and narcissitically self-indulgent.
Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood, or maybe I didn’t get the appeal of all those bare-chested young men, but I just couldn’t settle in to this book. In every other book, Kitty has grown and developed. In this book, she seems to take a holiday from herself.
Oh, and I still don’t have a clue what the title means.
Anyway, I hope I get the real Kitty back in book six.
Struggled to finish it because everything was merely hinted at, but not explored fully. There was much less character building than I like to see. Honestly could've been a short story with the lack of action taken out.
LOVE Kitty's adventures and this one definitely did not disappoint. Story took full advantage of all Vegas has to offer, shows, gambling, restaurants, themed hotels, conventions and of course wedding chapels! It was fun to see where she would go next in "sin city"..
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