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 🙂
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!