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Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Published August 27, 2013 by jessorshine

Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1)

Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Author: Carrie Vaugh
Published by: Grand Central Publishing November 1st 2005
pages: 259

Source: Purchased for myself for the pleasure of reading.

characters: Kitty, Cormac, T.J., Rick, Hardin, Matt, Arturo, Carl, Meg and a few other pack mates .

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew? (Source Goodreads)

Kitty and the Midnight Hour is book one in a  exciting series based in the world of shifters, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. Kitty is a twenty something year old who is a night-time DJ at a radio station in Denver but she is also a closet werewolf. When it comes to her Werewolf side Kitty is at the bottom of her pack. She is very submissive and seems to allow her Best friend and pack second T.J. to handle any fight or problem that she may have.  She stays meek and submissive so others will take care of her. One night at work she decides to try something different from playing the typical music and thus her talk show is born.

The show expands to different markets and starts gain the attention of the paranormal community.  Kitty begins to butt heads with her pack Alpha and occasional bed mate Carl who wants her to give up the show.  One night on air Kitty is outed to her listeners as a werewolf. The police then come to her for advice and information about the supernatural community. The police ask her for some assistance on an investigation, the publicity that she places on herself creates conflicts and rifts between the local werewolf pack and the local vampire community. Has Kitty “bit off more than she can chew”?

Throughout the story Kitty slowly starts to find herself. She looses her a lot of her meekness and begins to blossom into a strong and self-sufficient individual. She experiences devastating losses but also makes life changing acquaintances.

The writing and presentation of this book is very smooth . Vaugh throughout the book  introduces different plot lines into the story which are not fully answered.  Vaugh has built a fantastic world and I cannot wait to see where she takes it.  I felt that the story did start out a little slow but it progressed and gained speed after the first few chapters.  I was glad to see that Kitty gain some self-esteem and strength throughout the book.  I love the supporting characters the supporting cast as well: Cormac, T.J., Rick, Hardin, Arturo, Carl and Meg. This book is not the atypical paranormal read and Kitty is not the everyday run of the mill main either.  I highly recommend this read, I don’t think that you will be disappointed.

Rating: 4/5

Max Starr Book 1 review.

Published August 2, 2013 by jessorshine

Dead to the Max ( Max Starr #1)

By Jasmine Haynes

Genre:  Paranormal romance/ Mystery

 

Dead to the Max (Max Starr, #1)

I was recently reviewing  Amazons vast Kindle E-books selection and came across Dead to the Max (Max Starr #1)  by Jasmine Haynes. The description of the book pulled me in so I figured what the heck it was a free purchase anyway so I decided to give it a shot

Thirty-something, down-on-her-luck accountant Max Starr has the unfortunate gift of being psychic, a newly-discovered wrinkle in her already messed-up life. Her husband, Cameron, is dead, killed in a botched 7-11 robbery two years ago. She’s cut herself off from friends, moved out of her San Francisco home in favor of a studio apartment, and dumped her flourishing career as a CPA to do temp work.

And now Max has developed an annoying penchant for attracting the spirits of murdered women. Okay, they possess her. And to exorcize them, Max must unmask their killers. But how?! By stepping into the void their deaths created, taking their jobs, befriending the loved ones they left behind. Max goes wherever she has to go and does whatever she has to do, with a lot of help from the ghost of her late husband Cameron and hunky and very enticing Detective Witt Long.

In Dead to the Max, Book 1 in the Max Starr series, Max steps into the shoes of a murdered accountant and starts to learn that even supposedly boring accountants can have secret lives and secret desires. Max just has to hope the secrets she uncovers don’t get her killed, too.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book immensely.  Max is a character of a different sorts and the story to me was a breath of fresh air. Max is a very interesting character shes developed a psychic ability and is kept company by the ghost of her deceased husband Cameron. I enjoyed her relationship with Cameron and it seems throughout the story line a relationship may be budding with Detective Long.   To be honest I think that she needs someone who will be able to pull her out of the dark place shes at and help get her back onto land. Max has difficulty trusting and forming relationships with anyone she has not spoke to her best friend in two years when she saddled her with her cat. Throughout the story we start to understand where Max’s emotional baggage comes from and why her current case is difficult for her.  She is very determined to solve the case of who killed Wendy and will do whatever she feels it will take to get there. The choices that she makes are not always the best ideas but they do seem to generate results for her. I enjoyed the story line and way the main characters developed I hope in the next book there will be more of an advancement between her and Detective Long. The who done it was not who I expected for most of the book it was a great ending.  I enjoyed how everything built up to that point even if Max was not completely happy with it.

This story contained murder, mystery, some paranormal aspects, romance, humor, and lots of twists and turns. Also It contained a lot of sexually charged and explicit material. If you enjoy a main character who is special/paranormal with out sprouting fangs, hair or fly’s on a boom stick this may be a good read for you. This book was a refreshing change from the the most resent  paranormal books that I have read.  The book pulled me right in from the beginning with page one and I consider it a must read.  4/5