Jeanne C. Stein
Ace, Sep 2008, $7.99
Bounty hunter Anna Strong has been a vampire for six months since she was attacked and changed against her will by the evil vampire Avery, who obsessed over her. She killed him and struggles to adapt to being a creature of the night in a human world especially since she refuses to kill for her sustenance.
As a bounty hunter her partner is the mortal David, who remains blissfully ignorant of her supernatural world. Anna finds herself willing to help his girlfriend Gloria beat a murder rap in exchange for her keeping away from David. With the help of Gloria’s stepson who hates his stepmother, he allows Anna access to his home where she finds evidence to give to the police so they can capture the real killer.
Anna meets and is attracted to werewolf Sandra, who asserts she is Avery’s widow. She is contesting Anna’s claim to his estate. Anna is uninterested in a Avery’s estate but Sandra warns Anna that the holdings belongs to her and her pack. Anna realizes those she cares about like David could be in danger from an apparent scorned female demanding her blood as much as the estate.
Readers will enjoy the latest Anna Strong urban fantasy in which the paranormal world and its species seem natural especially living alongside humans. Anna is a ferociously independent individual used to fighting her own battles even when she was a mortal and with her vampiric skills more so. Even she knows life as she knew it is dramatically changing and her loved ones are in danger from whom and what she is. Fans of Kelly Armstrong and Kim Harrison will appreciate Anna’s dispute with a female werewolf as alpha as she is.