Synopsis: Jackson Holt makes a decent living as a private investigator in New Orleans, home of one of the largest underground supernatural populations in the United States. He and his partners have never met a case they couldn’t crack…until a local bar owner asks him to do a little digging on her newest hire. New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn’t explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.
When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating. With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past-and her destiny.
I am really not sure how I would grade this book out of 5. I enjoyed it but the whole thing was a paranormal romance 101.
None of the characters seemed to have much depth even the heroine of the story Mackenzie Brooks– on the run from some nut-job that has apparently stalked her across four states and then kidnappers to carry out his uncle’s crazy scheme to have her churn out a bunch of babies to prevent the extinction of were-cougars. I can go with that not a problem but then we get to the middle of the story where stalker guy Marcus finds out that he was brought up by a madman, decides to escape from the evil clutches and then is forgiven by everyone. Just like that. While he may have been a bit clueless and brainwashed he still had a woman fleeing terrified for her life before kidnapping her. But it’s ok because he said sorry.
I couldn’t quite take to that. While Mackenzie and Marcus are fleeing the evil genius uncle the hero and secondary characters are mounting a daring rescue mission. While fails because she’s already escaped. So that felt like a complete anti-climax. But then we had several pages of sex because it’s better than writing about any of the fallout.
It sounds like I hated it but weirdly I didn’t. It went along at such a fast pace I had it read in no time and to be honest it passed a few hours while waiting for my customers to show up for appointments. I spend my days dealing with people with major issues so a bit of fluff in between appointments where I don’t have to think too hard is actually a plus point.
So the plots a bit bare, the characters really needed fleshing out but it’s pacy and quick to read so I’ll score it down the middle I guess.