Psychic and paranormal PI Harper Hall isn't that surprised when her business partner skips town. Really, she can't help but feel that it's her own fault for trusting a guy named Romeo in the first place. But if Harper wants to consult for the police on a high-profile case, she'll need a new partner - preferably one with some supernatural skills of his own. Enter Noah Riddick, a slayer left jobless by the legalization of vampirism. Riddick's dark secrets and shady past have forced him into exile from human society - an exile he was completely comfortable with until gorgeous and exasperating Harper waltzed into his life.
Fighting vampires, making immortal enemies, engaging in semi-sadistic interrogation techniques, and staging daring rescues - it's all in a day's work for this paranormal odd couple. But falling in love? Well, that's a little trickier - even for the semi-charmed Harper Hall.
I really like urban fantasy but they often seem formulaic. This was unique, witty, and fun. I don't know if a series is planned but I will be watching for the next book by Isabel Jordan
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was a fun and fast paced book. I knocked off a star for the story because I thought the romance could have been better developed. It felt a little forced, but I still enjoyed it. I gave the audio performance three stars because the narrator made everything sound chipper and cheerful. Some of the scenes called for a more serious tone and this really took me out of the story. I'll read the rest of the series if this narrator continues.
This book is mainly about a woman who has the ability to see premonitions about vampire attacks, and a guy who is a vampire slayer. Killing vampires is now illegal, so they both have lost their official jobs. They team up to solve some cases partially with the police, and the women becomes the target of a powerful vampire that they have to catch so she can be safe. Along the way, they fall in love. There was also a great side story about her best friend and another vampire.
I liked the book. It was a fairly quick light listen. It had a pretty good balance of action from the investigations/fighting with vampires and romance, though towards the end it shifted more towards only romance. I disagree with the reviewer who compared this with shades of grey (although I haven't read that and have no interest in reading it).
The main character seemed strong, capable, and confident, even though the guy in the book helped rescue her. I would have liked to see her use her premonition gift more in the story. I'd also like to see her make her PI business profitable without relying on a man as they suggests must happen - hopefully that will come in a later book. I didn't love how her boyfriend just handed her an envelope full of money at the end. There was almost a love triangle in the story, but it got sorted out cleanly, which was nice.
I also really enjoyed the relationship that her best friend had with a vampire as a side story. I wouldn't mind reading a book about the two of them.
It was a nice change of pace to have a book be good enough as a stand alone book, though there is another book in the series if you want to continue. So many books in series have cliff hangers that make them incomplete on their own. This one leaves you satisfied. If Audible gets the next book, I'll buy it.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The cover. I have no idea why there is a butterfly there. There are no butterflies in this book. Seriously, a cover should tell me something.
Would you recommend Semi-Charmed to your friends? Why or why not?
Maybe. It's quite entertaining. Reminded me a little of Mark Henwick's Bite Back series, but I think Mark Henwick does it better.
Any additional comments?
Harper finds herself in peril at one point in this book. Riddick is desperate to help her and needs to enlist the help of one of Harper's friends. So Harper is in some serious danger...Riddick probably wouldn't be engaging in witty banter. Just saying.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great story, great narration. But could have done with less of the tease and more of the action, if you know what I mean.
Hope there's a sequel.