Good Monday morning all. I have been pondering how to do the reviews on the next two books I have read this weekend. They are book one and two in a series so I decided to do both books on one blog post . Today we are going to review STAKE OUT and MIRANDA'S RIGHTS by Lily Luchesi.
In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge...
Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire!
The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.
STAKE OUT is the first in the series and sets up the story really well . These are the first set of books I have read and was in love with the characters from the very first page . The author puts a neat twist on the vampire genre . Which to me is a good thing, you need to have a twist every now and then or the genre will grow stale. The characters are complex but yet flawed. The story is different and when you start to read you will be cheering for Danny . He stumbles onto a crime scene that defies all logic and no one believes him and basically fire his butt off the force . Until the day a beautiful FBI agent walks into his life and turns it upside down and brings him into the world of vampires, werewolves and witches. Will they survive and will they survive the feelings that they have for each other
The characters are so complex and yet you see the flaws that they each have . Danny Mancini is a veteran detective has seen some weird things going on . He is a tough detective that you can't help but love . He is brash and hard working , trying to put together what he saw. You see him go through so much in this book. He has so much trouble believing in some things and then starts to realize that holy crap there is more out there in the world. He also realizes a few other things like he is a sensitive and can see things. He is the type of man that one moment you want to hug him and cuddle him and then the next min you want to climb him like a spider monkey . Angelica is such a strong female character . She is the head of an off shoot of the FBI but there is more to this branch of the government . She is strong and intelligent and a fierce. But she has her secrets that come up in the novella. She is reluctant to tell Danny but as the novella goes on you see them start to fall for each other . And they fall hard, its awesome to see them head into a romance fast , like all novellas you want to see them develop the romance fast. There is also a great villain named Vincent that is going around killing people and there is more to him then meets the eye too . There is also a connection between Angelica and Vincent that we find out about as we read . But there is more to every story then meets the eyes and these characters are going through it all. Hope they all come out the other side better .
This was a great fast read for me. I love the story line and the characters were well developed and complex. The story left us with a cliff hanger but the second book was out right away . There was one little thing that had me scratching my head , Danny gave up his alcoholism really fast . I wish the author would of let us see him struggle for just a bit Over all this was a great set up for the rest of the story . The author laid out the ground work on the characters really well and the story has a great twist on the genre . You will love the premise and the characters you will fall in love with them . So if you want a good read , you can read at the beach this summer , check out THE STAKE OUT
NOW ONTO THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES
The dead don’t always rest easy...
Retired detective, Danny Mancini, is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them…especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up trying to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years.
In book two we start off right where book one left off . Poor Danny is trying so hard not to remember what has happened to him at the hands of the supernatural . He also wants to forget the sexy half vampire / FBI agent Angelica Cross. She haunts his nights and days as he drinks himself into a haunting bliss . Until the day the deformed werewolves decide to try and kill him , so back to the P.I.D and the woman he loves . to make matters worse , Danny finds out some really interesting news and sees a ghost from his past . But she isn't a ghost. And you thought you were having a bad day our poor Danny is having the worse day of his life . Will they survive to find their way back to each other and will the new threat stay dead this time .
I must say that the characters in the second book are just as strong as they were in the first book . Angelica is still kick ass but we also now see a vulnerable side to her . We see her fight to keep her emotions in check . When it comes to Danny and what is happening . She is still in love with him . We see her become stronger and more determined to keep everyone safe , we also see her become emotional when people start dying around her . Danny needs a kick in the ass in this book. He is heartbroken man that is trying and doing everything in his power to forget . He is also a man still in love, when he is pulled back into the P.I D. he is torn between Miranda and Angelica . A past love an the love that he is destined to be with for now and always . You see him struggle with every thing that is thrown against him. He is tired of being the constant target for Fiona and just wants it to end . I was so happy when he finally realized that Angelica was the one for him. You see him come back to the man he was. Miranda was just one character I really wanted to kick in the butt . She was whiny and acted like a spoiled brat . I just really wanted to stake her myself , the chip on her shoulder was huge and she didn't love anyone but herself . She proved that on many occasions in the book . I wont tell you what happens but you will cheer when it does . Fiona is back and more dangerous then ever. She wants Danny and she wants Angelica dead and wont stop until she accomplishes that . I actually kind of like Fiona , she is badass in the evil department . I can't wait to read more about Fiona and the rest of the gang .
What I really liked about this book , it started right where book one left off . The author did a great job taking us on an adventure . We also get to see more of Angelica's past and the love story between her and a werewolf. The twist at the end hand me going OMG never saw that coming at all . The book was a great fast read that kept me on my toes the whole way through . So I suggest that you read Miranda's Rights , you wont be disappointed