Sunday, April 20, 2014


By: Chloe Neill
Published By: ROC
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from the library, 353 Pages

High Stakes = 39 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads


New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine has modern-day potions witches Holly and Andrew facing off against a firebrand politician who wears literally killer boots in a Texas-sized rodeo of trouble.

Boot-loving Cadogan vampire Lindsey must team up with off-again, on-again vampire partner Luc when a woman from her past is targeted by supernaturals in New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill’s all-new adventure.

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman features Trixa Iktomi from her Trickster series dealing with magical vengeance and magical footwear.

Taking kick-ass urban fantasy literally, USA Today bestselling authors Kalayna Price and Faith Hunter bring together the best of the genre to once again prove when you’re fighting supernatural forces, it helps to keep your feet on the ground.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Please note this review is only for Ruby Rose novella.

A Darque Files Story

Briar Darque and Derrick Knight...get it, dark and night, anyhoo, they are partners and fellow investigators working for Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau.

Yeah. MCIB. Sounds kinda cool doesn't it.

We meet them in Grave Dance or Grave Memory, I can't remember, because this was written after Grave Memory.

I hadn't really paid that much attention to them until I read this little short novella.

I must say I am rather drawn to Derrick now.

Derrick is doubly wyrd. No, that doesn't mean he is weird. He has witch powers, he gets premonitions and he has touch Clairvoyance.

He always carries gloves with him, and his own sheets etc. He is thirty six years old and he just sounds interesting.

The only light poured out of the doorway where I stood; it was just enough to frame Derrick's form in the bed. At a glance I knew I hadn't woken him, and I stole a moment to admire the toned flesh on display. We were partners, so I'd never let him see me look at him like that, but damn, the man was gorgeous. The sheets were his - sultry red- and as usual, he slept in the buff.

He'd had a rough night if the twisted and fallen sheets were any indication. Of course that left only more - as in nearly all- of him on display. My gaze stole several moments to glide over the sleek muscles of his back, down to the half-covered outline of his ass, and then onward over the sheet until his strong legs reappeared. He was a thing of beauty- and that wasn't just my relationship-starved hunger talking. 

Ding! Ding! Ding!

I think we need to hear more from these two.

We are introduced to Russell Lancaster, a nineteen year old officer who is a sensitive. He sounds like he could be sidekick material.

Derrick was sitting sideways on his bench, taking up the entire thing, so I scooted over to allow the young officer to join us. He did, but his movements were disconnected, uncertain.
"Officer Lancaster, this is my partner, Inspector Knight. And vice versa."

Russell held out his hand but, no big surprise, Derrick didn't take it. Even with his gloves on he never shook hands. Instead he gave the young officer a sharp half wave. I could all but hear Russell's teeth grinding from the perceived insult, but it wasn't my place to reveal that my partner was wyrd.

Again, not weird.

A suspicious pair of red stilettos have Derrick and Briar on a case, with Russell getting all googly eyed over Briar.

This seriously can't come down to a pair of stilettos?

Wham, bam case is solved with a few shenanigans to show us what Briar can do, perpetrator is under wraps.

I think I was more interested in getting to know Briar and Derrick , more than the actual case.

I could read a spinoff on these two just from this thirty nine page novella. There appeared to be a little smexual tension with Derrick.

He frowned. "You're not hurt, are you?"

... Well, if he was going to sit in my room and ignore me, I was losing the charred pants. I stripped and tossed the pants on the floor with my jacket. The charms in the clothing had protected me from the flames, but damn, I was really going to miss that outfit. Now I'd need to tweak the spells worked into my backup jacket.

Across the room, Derrick cleared his throat. I turned, still pantless, and found his gaze locked on his document desperately so, judging by the tightness on his face. He'd seen me half-naked - or worse - before, but I took pity on the guy and grabbed a pair of yoga pants from my luggage.

Oo Yeah. These two have captured my interest.

A great , short novella read that has me wanting to read more about these two.

What was the case about, again?


Due for release :

12th July 2014

1 comment:

  1. Oh I read this one not a long time ago and I had a great time with it! So many good authors here, it was really fun!


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