Stalking the Others (H&W Investigations #4) by Jess Haines
Publisher: Kensington/July 3rd, 2012
Kind thanks to Kensington and the author for providing a review copy
Vampires, werewolves, mages—the Others are very real, and wreaking havoc in Shiarra Waynest’s life. But now, she’s returning the favor…
Once, she was one of the good guys—or as close as a New York P.I. can get. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. And Shia’s recent betrayal by her ex-boyfriend means that she may be on the verge of becoming a rogue werewolf at the next full moon…
Of course, with all the threats against her, Shia’s not sure she’ll live long enough to find out. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police. Instead of going into hiding, Shia is enlisting the aid of her enchanted hunter’s belt and every dirty P.I. trick she knows. If she’s going down, she’ll take out as many of her enemies as she can—and hope that in the process, she keeps whatever humanity she has left…
REVIEW (No spoilers, but if you haven’t read the series yet, you may want to read my review of Hunted by the Others)
The Sunstrikers must be taken down before the next full moon, and Shiarra Waynest is determined to do just that. Still unsure if she herself will go furry, she’s on a desperate hunt for the werewolves (and the ex-boyfriend, Chaz), that have quite possibly ruined her life, and those they turned without consent. Unfortunately, Shia has to ask for help from the most unlikely of allies, the White Hats, and hope she’s not making a terrible decision.
In Stalking the Others, the 4th installment of Jess Haines’ H&W Investigations series, Shia is almost completely without a tether. Her boyfriend has betrayed her, she’s not sure if she’ll turn into a werewolf, she’s still fighting off advances from hottie vampire Royce, and she has to go to her arch nemesis, Jack of the White Hats, for help. It’s humbling for Shia, but she’s determined to help in any way she can to stop the rogue werewolves that have been turning people without their consent. Heartbroken at her family’s abandonment since finding out about her involvement with the Others, she’s also found herself becoming more bloodthirsty and aggressive lately. Are these symptoms of her impending change, the stress of all that’s happened, or something else? The spirit infused belt she’s been wearing certainly provides the super strength that’s aided her in plenty of recent scrapes, but she’s finding herself more and more at its whim. There’s quite a lot of action in this one, pretty much from the get go, and Shia has become one badass babe. A confrontation with Chaz is inevitable, and it may not be what you think. Trust me, I hated this guy in the last book and wanted to see him get a butt kicking that he wouldn’t soon forget. Our girl has grown emotionally quite a bit, and her ideas of what’s right have certainly been challenged. Ms. Haines has brought the fun (and the sexy) in this dark and action packed treat, and the series hasn’t disappointed me yet! Can’t wait for the next book!