Deceived by the Others (H&W Investigations #3) by Jess Haines
Publisher: Kensington/July 2011
Kind thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy
hey’re here, and they’re real . . . werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated . . .
Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family-or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.
Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows . . .
Shiarra is keeping busy with her PI business and planning a few days vacation with her boyfriend (and werewolf) Chaz. Wrenches are already being tossed into the works, however, when she begins getting messages from Royce and the White Hats that indicate something big might be going down, and a certain pesky reporter waylays her outside of her office with similar cryptic indications.
Chaz and Shia head to a ski retreat in the Catskills, hoping for a fun getaway as well as a place for the Sunstrikers to enjoy some freedom. Their idyllic vacation takes a turn when their room is trashed and threatening notes keep appearing .Shia is resolved to get to the bottom of the harassment, much to Chaz’s chagrin, and when she’s kidnapped by one of the pack, all hell breaks loose.
Ms. Haines brought her A-game with DTBO. Shia still feels like a fish out of water with the pack, but she’s not afraid to stand her ground (sometimes with disastrous results). Challenged on all sides by pack members that don’t like her because of her association with Royce, Shia must stand up for herself and there’s a particularly satisfying scene where she smacks down a female member of the pack that’s out for her blood. Shia still has a penchant for running off on her own and getting into trouble, and her stubbornness can definitely be a hindrance, but it’s one of the things I like best about her. Chaz and the pack have new enemies in the Nightstrikers, a group of weres that fancy themselves the nemesis of the Sunstrikers. The Nightstrikers provide some laughs and some surprising moments, and there are some great twists that left me with my jaw on the floor. Shocking secrets will come out and Shia’s entire world, and everything she thought was true, may come crashing down around her. Deceived was my favorite of the three, and you should be prepared for some shockers! I can’t wait for the next novel in this series!