Series: Paranormal Crimes Division #1
Published by City Owl Press on October 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Sexual Content: Several explicit sex scenes, attempted rape.
Reviewed by: Kim
Gossip mag reporter Sera Benenati knows a thing or two about unearthing secrets...and burying them. As an unregistered supernatural, her freedom depends on keeping her fire-wielding abilities contained. Yet, the threat of a little flame isn't enough to snuff out her journalistic pursuits. She's determined to claw her way to the top and land a spot with a real paper. When she tracks a lead on a string of gruesome paranormal murders to the small town of Buckhorn, Arizona, she's certain she's landed the perfect scoop. But, as the crime scene reveals victims with bite marks, torn flesh, and battered bodies, Sera may have smoked out more than she can burn. As the investigation grows hot and Sera winds up in the crosshairs, she'll need the help of a sexy shifter, special agent Talon Rede, to unmask the murderers before she becomes the next victim.
CODE BLACK had a lot of things going for it, and luckily by the end it came together; it just took a while. When the story finally hit it's stride though, it was a pretty wild ride.
In this world, everyone knows about the supernatural, and the PCD (Paranormal Crime Division) is in charge of policing it. Agents who are shifters (interesting beings who can shift into ANY animal), vampires and fey work together to stop the more rogue elements of the supernatural world, like the phage, a vampire-zombie-like group with a hive-mind and a hunger for flesh. They were cool, with jaws that open and unhinge from their heads, and they were pretty evil too.
A few things bugged me about the characters, though. I was at least a third of the way through, and no one had told the truth about anything to anyone else. I know miscommunication is a staple in romance novels, but this is a bit ridiculous. Sera lies to everyone about her powers and the scary voice in her head, her father lies to the PCD about protecting her, Talon, the shifter leader of the local PCD branch, lies about his feelings for Sera (over and over) and so on. It became repetitive and I was glad when things finally started coming out in the open and the plot could move along.
Some of the writing was a awkward at times. Scenes happenned at the same time, so that readers are being dragged back a few minutes as different members catch up to the rest of the team. Still, with the team being quite large, it was nice to have them split up, giving readers a chance to meet them in a more intimate setting.
Overall, I enjoyed the phage and the interesting take on shifters, and the book sets up the series quite well. I think I'll pick up the next one to see if they get to the bottom of the phage threat and to find out what happens to a few interesting secondary characters (Drake, a smartass vampire with interesting connections, was tons of fun!).Series Titles: