Review: Lost Souls by Delilah Devlin (and W*n a Copy)

Happy Thursday! I’m in my final week before heading off to Atlanta for the Romance Writers of America national convention. I plan to blog from the road, so look for special giveaways and photos and…who knows? I think I’ll be seated two spots away from Darynda Jones for the big literacy signing, so I’ll be able to sit back and gawk at the long lines of fans, hoping someone will pick up one of my books by accident πŸ™‚

Hey, at least I’m a realist, right?

Anyway, today, I’m looking at a book I recently finished (yes! she finished a book!) called Lost Souls, written by Delilah Devlin. It’s the second in her Caitlyn O’Connell urban fantasy/paranormal romance series, and I loved loved loved it. I haven’t read the first one, but now I’m going to totally mess myself up by running off and reading them out of order (which is why in the giveaway you can pick up the first one if you want).

ABOUT LOST SOULS: Private Investigator Caitlyn O’Connell is tapped by Memphis PD to discover who has been using a Memphis hotel as his killing ground. Women are going missing, and their bodies are found inside the walls of the hotel. But the bodies themselves? They appear to have been murdered in the distant past. With ghosthunters and cops crawling all over the crime scene, Cait and her detective ex-husband Sam Pierce race to find the demon responsible before he kills again.

MY THOUGHTS: Cait is one of the most interesting heroines I’ve come across in a while. She’s a recovering alcoholic clawing to hold on to her fairly recent sobriety, and the only thing keeping her in the fight is knowing she could lose her ex-husband and detective partner Sam, whom she still loves and is finally able to admit it–despite their problems.

Cait is a witch, you see, and Sam is quite human–try as he might to understand what she goes through when she is confronted by her special talent, which is seeing and talking to the dead, he can’t quite get it. And she isn’t used to stopping to consult him, but goes off and acts first/seeks forgiveness later.

They have a great chemistry, and Devlin has created in Sam a strong-enough character to hold his own among the magic-practitioners. Good thing, because there’s a nasty, nasty demon at work, and Cait is forced to make a very hard choice involving her mentor, who has his own agenda and ways of working.

This is a quick read, an engrossing read, with enough romance to give it some kick but not enough to drag it completely out of the urban fantasy realm. And did I mention a nice touch of humor? It’s the blend I like to read, with the plot and action holding their own with the romance.

Now…want to win a copy? (Or, if you haven’t read it and don’t want to be stupid like me and read out of order, you can pick the first book, Shattered Souls.) Leave a comment in the blissfully restored comment section. Have you read the first book? How about a book with a haunted hotel? One of the early Simon R Green Nightside books had a kind of demon-infested building in it, as I recall, and it was as creepy as this one!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

21 thoughts on “Review: Lost Souls by Delilah Devlin (and W*n a Copy)

  1. Thanks for the great review! I just picked up Shatter Souls for my kindle. Glad to hear it’s god πŸ™‚ Gonna start reading here soon!

  2. My favorite books always hold to my Balance of Three: Humor; romance; and action (including plot). When those three elements are all present and killing it, I’m in love. Toss in cool worldbuilding and I’ve sailed to Cloud 9.

    Would love to receive the first book!

  3. i haven’t read this series or author yet so i would be happy to win book 1 to start the series in order^^

    i haven’t read a book with an hauted hotel yet but if i’m not mistaken, gini kock has a new release with that or at least something hauted and it was tempting for me to discover it ^^

  4. Haunted hotels, they do exist and wickedly so! Would be nice to start with the first book, thank you.

  5. the inn boonsboro trilogy is the last book about haunted hotel that i read and i loved it! but i rarely disappointed with a nora roberts book πŸ˜€

  6. No,I’m not read the first book yet. I’m quite surprise to see Delilah Devlin venture to UF realm, since I know she mostly write erotica and lgbt books. So this series seems interesting.
    I had read Haunted in Death by J.D.Robb, the building was haunted, and its give me heebies jeebies. I always see behind my back, make sure nothing stand and surprise me, lol!

  7. I’ve never read anything with a haunted hotel before, though I did recently read Ilona Andrews’ free web serial Clean Sweep, which had a sentient inn.

    I’d definitely like to try this series, but I’d need the first book. πŸ™‚

  8. A new series for me, putting it on my wishlist. Not entering your giveaways for a while, I have won so much already πŸ™‚

  9. I’ve never heard of this series before today, so thanks for that! So…if I won I’d want the first book πŸ™‚

  10. Delilah is known for her hot erotic romances for sure. But her talent is storytelling lends itself well to other genres. Some of her erotics have had paranormal elements.

    This is a great series! I’m glad it’s getting the attention it deserves.

  11. Sounds like a great series. I haven’t heard of this one. I haven’t read any books about a haunted hotel.