Series: Caitlyn O’Connell #1
Narrator: Natalie Ross
Published by Brilliance Audio on January 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes
When her mentor is brutally murdered by a supernatural force, an alcoholic former cop turns to her past lovers—her ex-partner and a powerful sorcerer—to help her hunt down a demon terrorizing Memphis.
Caitlyn O’Connell had it all: a career with the Memphis PD, a passionate marriage, and the satisfaction that her work made a difference in the world. But she also had a secret, a supernatural “gift” that cost her everything. Now she scrapes by as a private investigator, taking cases the cops won’t touch and counting down the minutes until happy hour. But when Sam Pierce, her former partner and estranged ex-husband, comes to her for help with a bizarre murder case, Cait can’t say no. And not just because Sam is still as irresistibly sexy as he was on the day they met. Something sinister—and demonic—is terrorizing Memphis, leaving a bloody trail of bodies and clues only Cait can read. Together she and Sam will venture into a dark world of magic and unholy terror, hunting a killer who will lead them to the brink of reality as they know it—and back into the thrall of their stormy past. Steamy and suspenseful, Shattered Souls is the pulse-quickening new offering from romance author Delilah Devlin
I already knew that Delilah Devlin could write toe curling sex scenes in her romance books. Now I know that Devlin can craft an excellent Urban Fantasy tale as well.
Shattered Souls is about Caitlyn (Cait) O’Connell, a washed up ex-cop that’s now a P.I. Cait lost her job on the force because of her drinking problem which also lead to her divorce from her husband/partner, Sam Pierce. But no one would believe Cait if she told them the reason she drinks is to drown out the voices she hears. And not in a “I’m crazy” way. Cait has a connection to magic and the dead. She has a track record for solving the “Full Moon” cases.
Devlin has written some well-developed characters in her UF world. Cait is a 33-year-old (which I LOVE that we have a heroine in her 30s) P.I. with a cop background but what makes her interesting is her childhood history. Cait’s mother was into magic and so was Cait until her mother died.
Sam is Cait’s ex-husband of 2 years and her ex-partner for a little longer than that. Sam is a little older than Cait (late 30s) and is a ex-marine. Sam is a true alpha male and sexy as hell. The two really care for each other and have you rooting for them to give their relationship a second chance.
Natalie Ross knocks the narration out of the park. It took me a few chapters to realize the reason I thought the narrator’s voice sounded familiar to me is because she narrates the last half of the Fever series and Iced. Since those are the only audios I’ve listened to that’s narrated by Ross I didn’t know how she did males voices (she partners with Phil Gigante for that series where he does the male voices) and I’ve got to say she nailed the male voices. Since the Shattered Souls is set in Memphis, TN the southern accents needs to be believable for me since I’m from the South (only about 2 hours away from Memphis, TN to be exact) and since Ross is a Texan she does the southern accents well.
Reaching for the 2nd book, Lost Souls on audio NOW.
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).