Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Feral Dust Bunnies
SERIES: Offbeat Crimes #4
AUTHOR: Angel Martinez
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 115 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 20th, 2017
An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible.
Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the animal control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.
Animal control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.
This book continues to follow the story of the officers of the quirky paranormal law enforcement department in a slightly different Philadelphia that we are familiar with! This story is about Wolf, who we have seen and heard, but not really gotten to know. His name is Wolf, because he actually is a wolf! He was born as a wolf, and now we know what happened to him… and we meet his sweet mother. His love interest is Jason, an animal control officer, who gets drug in to the odd mystery Wolf is working on, involving mummified animals around the city.
So the mystery part of this book brought us a very fun addition to the cast of characters, a small kitten that Wolf adopts. I loved her dearly! I will say I wish there had been more to the mystery, it was a little vague and the dust bunny part was very quick, and ended remarkably easily. There wasn’t as much to it as some of the other books, and that was a little disappointing. Especially after the epic battle with the giant pill bug in a previous book.
The book is all from Wolf’s perspective, so we get to know him really well. But I don’t feel like I got a good impression of Jason, he had a freak out that seemed overly dramatic, and I didn’t understand his history and background enough to understand why it was such a huge issue. I liked how they interacted and how patient Jason was with Wolf, and i loved Jason and his animals, but I think the book ended too soon for me to really see the love bond between them.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and the creative world Angel has given us. This book wasn’t my favorite though, both the mystery plot and the love plot felt rushed to me. But I LOVED Wolf and his baby wolf! And we see all of the characters from past books, and see more of Wolf’s partner Krisk than we have in the past. Plus the hints at a deeper plot that will probably develop later. All of those things are good, it just lacked a bit of something to me. I’m still glad I read it, it adds to the overall arc of the series, and I’ll happily wait for more!