Genres: mystery, urban fantasy
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Detective Jake Daggers likes his murder investigations the way he likes his women--straightforward, easy, and with a killer body.
So when his older-than-dust partner throws his back out on a goblin raid, his captain assigns him a new running mate--a sexy young half-elf by the name of Shay Steele.
It seems like a match made in Daggers' imagination, but Steele's no pushover. She's a powerful forensic psychic, and she's got sass oozing out of her boots.
In a debut case teeming with fire mages, foundries, and a dead guy who's crispier than bacon, it's pretty clear Daggers isn't the only one getting a heaping helping of RED HOT STEELE.
This was an interesting book. Most likely because I’ve only dabbled my toes in a few urban fantasy books and this one took a hard left turn. While many I’ve read were all situated in our world and during relatively current times, this one is not. It’s also not written in a traditional writing style. Alex Berg appears to have latched onto more of a detective noir style. It’s not a style I’m accustomed to and it threw me quite a bit throughout the book.
Jake Daggers is definitely what one would consider a red-blooded male. His mind is frequently in the gutter and his appreciation for women is only in what they can do for him physically. He also always likes to have the last word.
Meet Shay Steele. She’s trying to break into a world that’s dominated by man and she’s not about to let Jake Daggers get in her way.
I think of Jake Daggers as a giant boulder rolling around trying to get things done, while Shay Steele is a nasty, sharp blade that cuts to the chase. Of the two, I’d have to say Shay is probably the smarter of the two even if Jake has a high closure rate in the department. If I ever elect to read any more of this series, it will be for her alone. Jake Daggers rubbed me the wrong way.
In this realm of urban fantasy, the monsters are all out in the open. As far as I can tell, the city is entirely made up and the main mode of transportation is the rickshaw. Throw in the fact there aren’t guns and bladed weapons are only for the military, I’ll admit I was uncomfortable. My mind couldn’t quite seem to grab on to anything and be fully pulled into the book. The world building felt incomplete and the storyline felt chaotic.
As far as I can tell, this book remains free on Amazon all the time. Feel free to give it a whirl and see what you think.