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Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Silver Sun Books

Length: 392 Pages

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Amazon: (Canada)  (USA) (UK)


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If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

‘The pieces I can’t shake aren’t always the ones I’d choose to keep.’ He’s still now, his hand at my cheek, his thumb stroking my skin. ‘It’s the broken parts that get lodged in your bones.’

Homicide detectives mixed with the supernatural vampire world. I cannot think of a better one sentence description of this book. It was an incredible read, and I’m so glad it’s a series as it means I can continue reading about these characters!

I’m sure there are enough readers who love enemies-to-lovers, and I know I am definitely one of these readers. But this book gave me something I never knew I wanted… enemies to enemies-with-benefits. The tension, the lust, the hatred. It all swirled together to create some very intense but amazing moments.

And sarcastic vampires! I could not have picked a better book to read. This is a fabulous start to the series. The mixture of supernatural, mystery, murder and romance (or lust!) was superb. If I could draw any comparison, I would say Twilight mixed with Criminal Minds- and I loved every second of it!

The plot is gripping, the characters are captivating and the enjoyable ease with which you can read this makes this a series one to watch. It also won the BBNYA award this year, and being a part of the panel was an incredible experience.

Josie knows what she is doing when she writes her books, with this being the second book of hers I have read (The Wolf and the Water- another incredible read), and I cannot wait to read her other series. She is definitely an author to watch.

About the Author:

Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre- and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.

She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.

I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website or twitter @bbnya_official. 

The sign-ups are now open for BBNYA 2022 for authors and panelists. Click here to enter:

Until next time,

Charlotte x

Published by Charlotte Armstrong

I'm an avid book reader, buyer and lover, who has just completed my undergraduate degree in English Language and English Literature, and is studying a masters in Literary Studies

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