Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Sex on the Hoof
SERIES: Law and Supernatural Order #1
AUTHOR: Silvia Violet
PUBLISHER: Silvia Violet Books
LENGTH: 95 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 31, 2015
A stag and a vampire. Mortal peril. True love.
Deer shifter, Jason Fleetfoot, has turned his life around. After years of taking chances, he’s working as a crime lab technician, and he’s determined to forgo the risky behavior of his past. Then he meets Drew Danvers, the only undead detective in the city. Jason hates vampires, or does he? Drew defies all the stereotypes of his kind and something about him has taken hold of Jason and won’t let go. Jason might just dare to take a chance on a man others would label a risk to his health if not his very life.
This edition has been re-edited and expanded by over 35%.
While I’m not unfamiliar with books featuring a vampire/shifter pairing, I’m always excited to see something other than a wolf or cat shifter in the relationship. It may not seem as though a deer and a vampire could have anything in common or any chance to make a relationship work but, somehow, this author managed to pull it off nicely. The beginning of the book introduces you to Jason and it grabbed my attention right away. I found the entire thing highly amusing and I loved his way of talking; I could just feel the attitude rolling off of him in waves. The chapters of the book go back and forth between Jason and Drew’s perspectives, which was nice, and I had a really good chance to get to know both characters that way.
The ‘case’ that takes place during the story is prevalent throughout but also mostly in the background; you don’t get to see any of the work Drew does on it and Jason’s contributions are talked about but not seen. The case does, however, allow for a more in depth look at Drew’s background and the events around his turning which added a bit more depth to his character so I didn’t mind so much that it was a smaller focus than usual. Things do move at a slightly faster pace overall since this is a novelette rather than a full on novel but I never felt as though things were unduly rushed which doesn’t always happen in smaller books.
While shorter and without all the detail I usually look for in books featuring law enforcement of any kind, I liked this one quite a bit. There was enough ‘case stuff’ to peak my interest and the chemistry between the main characters was apparent enough to keep me coming back for more. I look forward to checking out more of the series and if you’re interested in the events that took place before this book, the author has a prequel out featuring Jason’s sister that you can check out. If you enjoy paranormal books with less than ordinary pairings and/or cases that don’t drone on continuously with extraneous details, you might want to give this one a look.