REVIEW by Lorna: Forsaken by the Others (H&W Investigations #5) by Jess Haines (@Jess_Haines, @Mollykatie112)

The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…


I have only read the first two books of this series because I just could not get them all read before I needed to read this for review.I started this one and had to go back to the fourth book and read the whole end part. For those that want to read it, you’ll understand why I had to read that part once you start this book.(WOW) Hopefully I can go back and read the two that I didn’t get done some day.

Evidently,Shia got into some really bad trouble in book 4. Royce, the New York Master of the Vampires, has to step in and get her out of town to keep her safe, so he sends her away from New York to LA. Her best friend Sara is also along for the trip.They go stay with the LA Master of the Vampires. In order to earn their keep, Clyde, the vampire, hires them to find the whereabouts of the Mage necromancer that is having zombies kill vampires. It doesn’t take long for Shia and Sara to be up to their eyeballs in trouble. I have to say, I am not a big fan of Zombies. Gooey body parts are just not my thing!

I actually liked this book better then the first two. Maybe it was because of the romance involved or because I found it more fast paced and I think the change of scenery worked for me too. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and at least one loose end gets tied up a lot easier then I thought should have been possible.Most of the characters from the previous books are back, some briefly or just on a phone call but I feel like I know them all now so it was nice to catch up with them. Her werewolf boyfriend is gone now-one of those things I missed from either book 3 or 4- so not sure why. I really didn’t miss him as I couldn’t see Shia with him anyway. I did miss Royce not being involved in the story as much this time. The way the book ends with a pretty major cliffhanger pretty much guarantees that Royce will have a much bigger role in the next book. At least I hope so! I enjoyed this book and I gave it 4 stars.

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Forsaken-by-the-OthersFORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS
H&W Investigations #5

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