Series: SPI Files #4
Published by Ace on January 31, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum in the fourth urban fantasy novel in the series starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation.
The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) are paid to keep the peace. But that's not so easy when an endless evil threatens to tear that peace to pieces...
A vampire gangster's nephew is abducted off his yacht by a bunch of low-rent Creatures from the Black Lagoon. A slew of banks are knocked over by what looks like the cast of Night of the Living Dead. All of this may seem like the movies, but, I promise you, it's not.
I'm Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I know the culprits aren't wearing disguises or makeup. They're real. Deadly real. Especially their leader--an ancient shapeshifter who leaves a trail of chaos and blood in his wake. Now, he's taken my partner, Ian--and his intentions aren't pretty.
The worst part? This is only the beginning...
The beginning of the end of the human race.
While I have some small quibbles, THE GHOUL VENDETTA was exactly what I expected from Shearin and The SPI Files. Fun, dramatic, witty and an all around good read, THE GHOUL VENDETTA continues the series in a great way, answering some questions while opening new avenues for the story to go down. This book captivated me from the very beginning, and I read it in only two sittings.
First of all, Mac and Rake. I swear, every scene they had together made me want to swoon. Their relationship is progressing so adorably and I just loved every moment they were on the page as a unit. Rake has progressed a long way from his seemingly bad guy ways in the earlier books, and is almost tender and sweet to Mac. It is everything I want it to be!
Lest you think the romance is the main focus of the book (it is most definitely not), let's talk about the mystery. I loved how Shearin has clearly been dropping hints for the past three books leading up to this one. This bad guy takes the cake, and this mystery was super personal for the SPI team. Mac also really starts to come into her own in this book, able to actually shoot a gun and kind of take care of herself (though the men around don't seem to want to let her). She's grown more comfortable with her boss and partner and I loved seeing how that manifested itself.
Also, for those of you who have read Shearin's Raine Benares series, there's some awesome Easter eggs in THE GHOUL VENDETTA. (I was very excited by this!)
My one complaint, and honestly, this is very minor, is the fact that there seemed to be a bit of repetition. Something that would be on one page would be repeated in a different way (but same fact) on the next page, and I got a little frustrated with that. This however, could be a bonus for a new reader to the series, since they would pretty much get all the background details very easily. I also would have liked to see Mac be a little more independent, but I understand the circumstances that have put her in the situation she's in.
All in all, THE GHOUL VENDETTA does not disappoint! Shearin does an excellent job of maintaining the action, mystery and romance that has kept me glued to this series since it started, and has me dying for each new book. A fast read, THE GHOUL VENDETTA is definitely worth it if you like sarcastic main characters, swoon-worthy romance, and very evil bad guys who hold a grudge.Series Titles:
- The Grendel Affair - 4/5
- The Dragon Conspiracy - 5/5
- The Brimstone Deception - 5/5
- The Ghoul Vendetta
- 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.