Series: Jane Yellowrock #4
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Published by Audible on 01-03-12
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.
But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry master vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny.
The Heroine(s): Jane’s a kick ass rouge vampire hunter. She’s a skinwalker which means she more than just a were. She can change into almost any animal but her beast prefers the form of a mountain lion. I find the inner monologue between Jane and Beast every interesting and well written. So instead of one heroine you get two.
The Plot: Jane is back at home in North Caroline but she can’t get away from events that took place in New Orleans during Mercy Blade and she definitely can’t get away from the people from New Orleans. Leo the head vamp of the South has hired Jane as the head of security for the vampire meeting. Jane hires Derek Lee and his group of good ol’ boys. Then there’s Ricky Bo. Jane brought him near Ashland, NC to get help with his issue. So Jane may have left New Orleans but she brought the major players with her.
Before the vamps can have their important conference about making peace with the witches, Jane is faced with dead bodies all over town. Humans are blaming vampires but then it starts looking like werewolves might be the ones ripping the humans apart.
Since Jane is back in NC we get to see more of Molly and her family. I love Angie Baby, Molly’s young daughter so I’m glad we get to see her again. We also get to see more of Big Evan, Molly’s husband. In fact Molly’s whole family (sisters included) into the action this time around.
The Big Bad(s): This time around we get two bad guys that Jane has to fight. Neither is easy. One is a friend that tries to harm loved ones of Jane. Another is a bad ass that happens to be a shapeshifting witch that happens to be a demon.
Jane’s Love Life: Jane and Beast are still not seeing eye to eye on the mate front. If Beast has her way Jane would be sleeping with Ricky, Bruiser and Leo. After all big cats don’t mate for life. Jane may have lusty thoughts about more than one man but she is a one man gal. I’ve never really been a fan of Ricky as the love interest. I just didn’t feel the connection between him and Jane. Then he cheats on her while working a case in Mercy Blade. But I starting liking him a little in Raven Cursed.
Quotes: Evan stood at bottom of stairs with hands on hips, studying room. Saying things low under breath. More sex talk about mothers. Humans think of sex at strange times. Jane laughed. I did not understand. – Beast
“Your cat did this?”
“Yeah, she was hungry and Molly wouldn’t let her eat Evangeline”
When Rick arched an eyebrow at me, I shook my head and said, “For dinner, Ricky Bo.”
Will I Continue Series? Hell yes! Even though I’m a little frustrated with Jane’s love life I’m still on board for more Beast and Jane action.
Narration: Khristine Hvam Kies continues to make this series a real enjoy to listen to. I love her voices for Beast, Angie Baby, and many others. She does an amazing job with the timing and I feel like she is acting the story out instead of just reading a book.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).