Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Novel Set in the Kate Daniels Series (#5.5)
Published By: Ace (July 31, 2012)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
The New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels novels have been hailed as “top-notch urban fantasy” (Monsters and Critics). Now, Ilona Andrews delves deeper into Kate’s world, and reveals its untold stories…
After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea’s whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano—the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea’s former lover—die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate. Now she must work with Raphael as her search for the killer leads into the secret underbelly of supernatural Atlanta. And dealing with her feelings for him might have to take a back seat to saving the world…
First off I have to start by saying that this may look like it is a novella set in the world of Kate Daniels, but it isn't. This is a full length kick butt book told all from Andrea's point of view and I wouldn't be doing this book justice if I didn't also add that it was about freaking time Andrea got her own book! Andrea is amazing and she really shines in this book.
I already knew I liked Andrea but I had no idea how badas$ she was until reading this. I truly love her now and admire all that she has been through. We got glimpes of her story and struggles throughout the series but nothing like this.
I have to say, I like being in her head.
She is fierce, loyal, tough, and still has a soft heart. She may not have it all figured out but she is one smart cookie and catches on fast and most importantly, she has some pretty amazing, pretty kick butt friends to help her along the way.
I loved seeing the Pack dynamic through a different angle, through different eyes than what we get to see when Kate narrates. All of the people I already loved, I love more and the new people (I am looking at you Roman and Ascanio)? Well, I love them even more now as well.
We still get the kick butt nonstop action and laugh out loud funny humor we have come to expect from the Andrews team, but all in a different light and with a slightly different edge.
I freaking loved this book and I am seriously hoping that they do more through Andrea's point of view because I loved every single minute of it. From her interactions with Kate and Curran to the buoda boys (and yes, even buoda women), this was just so much fun and a wonderful addition to the series and a must read for fans of Kate.