5bat! Review: The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files #3) by Lisa Shearin

February 4, 2016 Review 2

5bat! Review: The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files #3) by Lisa ShearinThe Brimstone Deception by Lisa Shearin
Series: SPI Files #3
Published by Ace Books on January 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
5 Stars

Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in the new urban fantasy novel starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug—with mind-blowing side effects—hits the streets...

It’s called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you’ll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you’ll start seeing the really scary stuff.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for the SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I’d like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts—and souls. Because your local pusher doesn’t stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. And since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, that means a rift to the underworld is open somewhere in the city.

And when—not if—the cartel loses control of it, well...

It’s going to be Hell on earth.

Oh SPI Files, how do I love you? Let me count the ways! You've got action to keep me occupied, sexual tension for me to swoon about, snappy dialogue to keep me laughing out loud and a cast of characters I can't help but love.  THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION is no exception to the rule, and for me, is a perfect urban fantasy read.

I know that I've gushed about this series and Shearin before, but honestly, it's hard not to. SPI Files are the perfect books for me - combining action with mystery and witty comebacks, not too gory or violent and with a great "ensemble cast" as it were. From Makenna, to her human partner Ian, their Russian werewolf driver, and their vampire and dragon bosses, we've got all kinds of creatures and fun mythology to learn about. The interplays and dialogue between the various combinations of characters are some of my favorite parts of the book. Ian and Makenna's relationship has certainly evolved in the three books, and I love reading Makenna talk herself out of situations she maybe shouldn't have been in to begin with.

My one complaint about THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION was the slow advance of the romance. Don't get me wrong - it did progress, but I would have liked to see it progress further. However, the slow burn makes this series a good one to recommend to readers who don't want any serious intimate scenes in their urban fantasy at all. Here's hoping we get more screen time with Makenna and Rake in the next book! (Pretty please!)

Like I've said before, if this isn't a series you're reading, you should definitely check it out! Totally worth the time, and with three books that's a weekend binge right there! If you like lighthearted urban fantasy, that can still pull off a good plot and mythology, then give the SPI Files a try!

Series Titles:
  1. The Grendel Affair - 4/5
  2. The Dragon Conspiracy - 5/5
  3. The Brimstone Deception
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another series by the same author, try the Raine Benares series by Lisa Shearin.
  • For another series with magical law enforcement agents, try Cursed (Fallen Siren #1) by S. J. Harper.

2 Responses to “5bat! Review: The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files #3) by Lisa Shearin”

  1. Lisa Shearin

    Thank you for the great review, Kate! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And rest assured, the romance will kick it up a couple of notches in the next installment (The Ghoul Vendetta) which I’m writing right now.


  2. Mina

    Thanks for the review! This is a great series and I’m going to download the book right this minute 🙂