Series: Fly By Night #2
Published by Berkley on August 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Semi-explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn presents the second Fly by Night novel, set in the realm of the Otherworld.
I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting...
A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim's deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she's about to face her worst nightmare.
The Fly By Night series is quickly becoming one series I know I don't want to miss. Though categorized as paranormal romance, FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM reads more like an urban fantasy with a romantic subplot, with the mystery taking center stage. The characters are really what shine, making FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM a super enjoyable read.
Look, even though this book is technically shelved under paranormal romance, you wouldn't know it by reading it. And this is not a criticism! I LOVED FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM. Galenorn pulls out all the creepy stops (were-spiders, anybody?) and had me thoroughly engaged. So there was a little sex, and a bit of romance talk between Alex and Shimmer. It was by no means the focus of the book, and I loved it regardless. So, I suppose what I'm saying here is don't go in expecting a straight-up paranormal romance, and you'll have a great time.
Shimmer remains an enigmatic character. As we hear more about her childhood, and she relates how old she is, we also get to see her coming to terms with living on Earth, which is way different from the Dragon Reaches, where she's from. The rest of the characters make wonderful additions to the cast, each bringing something to the table, and none of them feeling like a caricature or one-dimensional. I love Chai, the djinn, and Ralph, the werewolf who's scared of blood, and Bette, the snake shapeshifter with secrets of her own.
Galenorn does a good job of balancing reminding the reader of information from book one, and knowing what to leave out. This is a book that could easily be picked up without having read the first in the series, FLIGHT FROM DEATH. However, a lot of things are brought into this book that are likely to come up in future books, but no cliffhangers here! There's a nicely tied up storyline.
All in all, FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM is a wonderful urban fantasy, paranormal romance, mystery read. Unfortunately I'll have to wait a bit for the next book, but in the meantime, Galenorn has some other series I've been meaning to pick up!Series Titles:
- Flight from Death - 3/5
- Flight from Mayhem