Author: L.A. Stockman
Publisher: NineStar Press
Rating: 2.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Twelve dead children. An ex-priest with the faith to move mountains. A hunter out of the depths of legend. Together, they must find a way to overcome their pasts and become something entirely new if they are to defeat an ancient evil.
David Shaughnessy was content in his life as a police detective in Armata, California. It lacked the visceral, sick thrill that came with exorcising demons, but it was better for him, saner. Until the night he got called out to a vicious murder in the woods, and met Dallan Jaeger. The older man and Interpol agent is much more than he seems to be, and their connection is immediate, powerful. Trust blooms quickly as they learn to work together to pursue the evil fae responsible for the murders.
They must learn to do more than trust each other if David is to fulfill his birthright and claim what was so long denied him. Only then do they have a hope of catching the killer…in the Twist.
Review: David Shaughnessy and Dallan Jaeger meet while investigating a gruesome crime. There is an instant connection between them. Both men are aware the other is not quite human, and Dallan updates David the killer they’re trying to catch isn’t human either. David has a long and scary history fighting inhuman killers while working for the Catholic Church. He’s also got a long history of hating himself and being victimized by the Church. It doesn’t take long for David and Dallan to figure out who the killer is, but they do have to wait until the killer is able to kill again. In the meantime Dallan has to convince David it’s okay to be himself.
If Laurell K Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series were mashed up with an insta-love, fated mates paranormal book this would be the result. Throw into the mix lots of hurt/comfort and the idea finding the right person to love is what it takes to make you whole. I didn’t particularly enjoy this story. The parts I found most compelling were the crimes themselves. I’m not against insta-love as a whole, but this was indeed instant. David and Dallan meet, start living together, raising David’s kids together, and wanting to be together the rest of their very long, paranormal lives in under a month.
In some respects this book is new and interesting. Insta-love in paranormal books is usually associated with some kind of shifter, and it’s not often paired with grisly crime scenes. I did find the crimes and investigation to be interesting. Whereas this book wasn’t for me, I do think people who are big fans of paranormal stories where characters have an instant and irreversible connection could enjoy this book.