|Title: Blood of Eden
Author: Tami Dane
Series: Sloan Skye #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Julia
Kissing, references to sex.
This mind-blowing new series introduces Sloan Skye, and ambitious intern at the FBI’s paranormal unit, where the usual rules of crime fighting don’t apply…
Sloan has a sky-high IQ, a chaotic personal life, and a dream: to work for the FBI. Her goal is within reach until an error lands her with the FBI’s ugly stepchild: the new Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. She’ll get to profile criminals, but the pool of suspects is a little more…diverse. Yet even as Sloan tackles her first case–a string of victims, all with puncture wounds to the neck–she can’t silence her inner para-skeptic.
To catch the killer she’ll have to think like one. That means casting aside her doubts, and dealing with the bizarre nightmares that started with the job. But the strangeness is only beginning, as Sloan pieces together the shocking truth about a case that’s more personal than she ever would have guessed.
There are those exciting moments in life when you hit it off with someone right off the bat. You’re cracking up, you love the way their mind works, and time flies by in conversation. Reading BLOOD OF EDEN gave me one of those great moments with the heroine, Sloan Skye. Sloan’s mix of enthusiasm and nerdiness clicked with me right from the get go, but instead of telling anecdotes over finger foods I had the excitement of riding along with her first days as an FBI intern.
It was more than just Sloan’s quirks that hooked me into BLOOD OF EDEN, Tami Dane did a great job building in atypical plot points that made this urban fantasy police procedural fresh and fun. Rather than experiencing the usual “new job angst” or having a hard time with her co-workers, Sloan is a natural fit for the FBI. But as adept as she is at organizing information for a case, she also has obvious blind spots in her romantic history. Dane also did a wonderful job writing the reversal of roles between Sloan and her schizophrenic mother. Sloan’s brilliance in the office and her personal challenges collide when she deals with the men at work. In particular, I loved her attraction to her “off limits” co-worker, Special Agent Jordan Thomas. Their office flirtation was both sexy and believable.
As much as I enjoyed the main characters in BLOOD OF EDEN,outside of Sloan’s family and friends everyone else seemed to faded into nothingness. Also, the balance of action and believability was uneven, and despite a strong start, the plot felt choppy and unbelievable by books end. Those shortcomings may have dropped my rating of this book down to three bats, but they won’t keep me from coming back to the series. I’ll be sure to check out book two, if only for more time hanging out with Sloan.