|Title: The Deadliest Bite
Author: Jennifer Rardin
Series: Jaz Parks #8
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Julia
Several sex scenes.
I have two choices. Carve Brude’s name into Hell’s bile-encrusted gates. Or lose my soul.
After an assassination attempt on Vayl, I find myself pulled into a tangled web that takes the gang to Romania. So how will I save a ghost, rescue a demon, and cheat the Great Taker out of a soul he’s slavering for while defeating my nastiest foe yet so that Vayl can, at last, cherish a few precious years with his sons? With careful planning, major violence, and one (hopefully) final trip to Hell.
I am a little behind on the Jaz Parks series, which made the first few chapters of THE DEADLIEST BITE that much more satisfying. While there may be a little too much exposition and explanation for up to date fans, I found the amount of back story just right to keep me in the loop with this latest book. And oh, what a book. Witty and touching and funny, it’s amazing how much emotion Rardin evokes without ever sacrificing a moment of comedy or action.
It’s definitely the characters that are the focus of this juggling act. It is so much fun to read Jaz and Vayl together, from playing strip hide-and-go-seek to kicking butt all the way to the gates of Hell. Woven around this central romance are so many other sweet and zany friendships that I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite one (Ok, you got me, it’s definitely Jack and Astral). I love seeing established and beloved characters clicking along as a group, and in that respect in particular THE DEADLIEST BITE doesn’t disappoint as an end of the series climax.
Amidst all the mayhem and laughter, I couldn’t help but feel sad that this would be my last opportunity to enjoy these wonderful characters. Jennifer Rardin created a unique band of funny, deadly comrades, and it is hard to imagine any other author creating such an off-beat, well-matched group. Reading this great end to the series inspires to me to go back and savor all the books that came before, and daydream about all the places these characters could have gone next.