Two-Ten Book Press, Feb 2015
Kindle, 215 Pages
Also available in paperback
Source Author's rep
Other books in this series
I Smell Smoke #2, Where There's Smoke #3, Smoke on the Water #4, Smoke and Mirrors #5, Up in Smoke #6, Smoke Signals #7, Holy Smoke #8, Smoke Happens #9, Smoke Out #10
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
What it's about...
Agent Sidney Shaw is the best the FBI has and she's been assigned to handle a prisoner on her new assignment.
John Smoke is a Bounty Hunter whose practices get him in trouble. And he's no ordinary prisoner.
Together they go after the criminals off the government's list of uber criminals. The ones they really don't expect to catch. But Shaw and Smoke bring in the bad guys against all odds. Really bad odds. Odds Shaw's never seen before. Creatures that Shaw didn't think existed. Creatures that even Smoke hadn't come up against before.
They're keeping their eye on Sid Shaw after the 15-page report she wrote. And Smoke goes back to jail.
The cover is great. The gal looks a little young for the role, but overall the art relates to the book and it's really good looking. A good-looking woman and a rough, hunky guy, both armed. The symbol is there front and center and the background pulls it all together. Plus, it uses that blue that really pulls the eye.
The storyline is pretty good. It introduces the overarching storyline for the series as well as introducing the two main characters. This is not a stand-alone, by any means, but it could be considered a complete story if you squint. There is no cliff-hanger here.
The characters are quite well developed. Though there is obviously more to learn about both of them and more to their relationship. With a series of ten books, I'm sure there's time for us to get to know them both very well.
The pace was pretty fast. They're pursuing the bad guys and the bad guys aren't hesitant about fighting back or coming after them.
The tension starts when Sid walks into the prison and doesn't stop until the last page. Even if there isn't anything going on, there is always the tension between the two of them in their attempt to work together or at least tolerate each other. Yeah, it's one of those relationships at this point.
This is where I went to Amazon and bought the second book, I Smell Smoke.
And this is where you STOP if you don't want to see any SPOILERS...
The good, the bad, and the ugly...and how much it lit up my life... ✰✰✰✰✰
In this first book, they are still dancing around each other. Considering what they've seen with Adam Vaughn and his shifty ways, you'd think that they might be getting a little closer in their ways. But no. He's barely even speaking to her for crying out loud! She's still very defensive and closed off. He's all for doing it on his own. It makes you wonder which one of them is going to make the first move to try to work together to actually get something done. Who will make the move to become partners? And who will make the move to become more?
Who and how high is the higher up that's monitoring Smoke? And are they the good guy or the bad guy eventually? When will we get to meet Smoke's crew, Fat Sam and Guppy?
Who is behind the shifters and deaders? Is a deader a zombie or something else? Are there more werewolves? We're given no idea just how big this organization is behind Adam Vaughn and Ray Cline. Now that Ray Cline is in jail and Adam Vaughn is dead, who will be the front man? And will Sid Shaw respond to all werewolves the way she responded to AV?