Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: In Cold Blood
SERIES: Urban Wolf
AUTHOR: Naomi Clark
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 157 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 02, 2017
Phoebe Fairley wanted to be a librarian. Somehow, she’s become a vampire hunter. Women are dying across the country and the police are baffled. Phoebe’s just supposed to be gathering information on the deaths, but as the body count mounts, she can’t help but break the rules and get involved. She knows what the killer is – and catching and containing it is vital. If she can persuade the police to believe her, and keep her secretive bosses happy, she stands a chance of capturing a very real, very deadly vampire. Not bad for a werewolf who can’t shapeshift.
Aisling is happy living as a feral wolf. She’s got no time for human affairs, until a mysterious creature attacks her and leaves her in human hands. Now, if she wants her life back, she’ll have to join Phoebe’s hunt. There are just a couple of snags. One, she hates humans. And two, she’s falling hard for Phoebe. With a monster to catch and her own past to protect, will Aisling trust her head or her heart?
Once again, Naomi has wooed me with her ability to bring a story, and more importantly, a cast of complex characters to life. I don’t tend to read a lot of paranormal /shifter stories as I either find myself lost or unable to suspend belief enough to become invested in the plot.
Phoebe, the main character is a fully fleshed out likable character. What makes this story unique is that she suffers from Siodmak’s Syndrome – the physical inability to shape-shift. Although my heart went out to her when her wolf wanted to get out, I loved the way she coped with the condition, and it had no bearing on her ability to investigate a brutal murder.
The sub-plot of feral She-wolf, Aisling, living in a nearby cave is effortlessly interwoven into the story with just enough snippets to make the reader wonder where and how she will play a bigger part in the story. None of it is predictable, some of it is gut-wrenching, all of it is riveting.
There’s one smoking hot sex scene that threaten to make my kindle combust, and left me panting for more.
After a tense take-down and uncertain outcome, the ending made me grin like a loon, and I might’ve even swooned a little. I particularly liked that it was realistic. No false promises or insta-love, but the giddy feeling of new love and all the possibilities that lay ahead.