Iron & Velvet
by Alexis Hall
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: NetGalley
First rule in this line of business: don’t sleep with the client.
My name’s Kate Kane, and when an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince came to me with a case, I should have told her no. But I’ve always been a sucker for a femme fatale.
It always goes the same way. You move too fast, you get in too deep, and before you know it, someone winds up dead. Last time it was my partner. This time it could be me. Yesterday a werewolf was murdered outside the Velvet, the night-time playground of one of the most powerful vampires in England. Now half the monsters in London are at each other’s throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants. The Witch Queen will protect her own, the wolves are out for vengeance, and the vampires are out for, y’know, blood.
I’ve got a killer on the loose, a war on the horizon, and a scotch on the rocks. It’s going to be an interesting day.
IRON & VELVET was a fun urban fantasy, with more than a little romance thrown in, tied up in a big noir-esque mystery bow. While not perfect, there was plenty to like about the first book in the Kate Kane, Private Investigator series. Set in a richly conceived London with four different vampire princes, and a werewolf pack ready to go at everybody’s throats, not to mention the demons and witches, there were twists and turns around every corner- and I had a great time watching Kate take it all on.
Kate is exactly my kind of protagonist. Cynical and snarky, her inner monologue is something I really enjoyed about this book. Kate reminds me a little bit of Charley Davidson, not just because of the private investigator angle, but also the sarcasm and voice. I don’t feel like we get to know Kate super well – though we do learn quite a bit about her past relationships – and near the end of the book I wonder if she’s solving the mystery because she wants to solve the mystery, or solving the mystery because she wanted the girl. Obviously I would prefer the former, but it bothers me that I couldn’t figure it out. She is nothing if not tenacious, regardless of motive, doing whatever it takes to solve the issue, and that leads to some interesting situations, and great secondary characters.
My biggest complaint about IRON & VELVET is that it sometimes felt like I was picking up a book in the middle of a series. There were hints dropped about previous events that seemed to have an effect on Kate, but the reader is never given the full background, almost like we were expected to know what had gone on already. Unfortunately, since this was book one, it only had the result of leaving me a little confused and a bit lost.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about Kate and her background – hopefully the second book in the Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator series, SHADOWS & DREAMS, will go into more depth. I’m definitely on board though for more of Kate, and I can’t wait to see what mystery she solves next.
- Iron & Velvet
- Shadows & Dreams
- Fire & Water
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About the author
- Deadly Destinations: Gina Rosati & win AURACLEAugust 8, 2012