Book: CATCHING AN EVIL TAIL
Author: MARY ABSHIRE
Genre: URBAN FANTASY/PARANORMAL ROMANCE/EROTIC ROMANCE
Published: February 2011, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING
Series: Soul Catcher #2
Claiming the Evil Dead (#1)
Fighting Evil (#3)
Source: Author via Bewitching Book Tours, no other compensation given for an honest review
Half-demon Jessie Garrett wants to live a normal life among her friends and keep her soul catching ability a secret, but supernatural creatures keep popping up in her world. Adding to her struggles, her vampire lover remains out of the country, and when he offers no valuable explanation as to why he hasn't returned, she wonders if she should move on without him.
As if Jessie doesn't have enough worries on her mind, the demon yearning to seduce her shows up at her home. She longs to liberate herself from the debt she owes him, and when he asks for her help, she jumps at the chance to make a new deal with him—one that will guarantee her freedom. The only catch? She has to send the soul of a werewolf to hell.
Love, trust, and loyalty are on the line. Torn between her feelings for her vampire boyfriend, a hot Alpha wolf, and a demon vowing to protect her, Jessie must figure out her heart's true desires.
I really enjoyed reading CATCHING AN EVIL TAIL. This novel is the second in the SOUL CATCHER series, and I had not read the first. Even with this fact, I was able to follow along easily with the relationships and characters that had clearly made an appearance the first time around. I like it when I can read a book in a series, but the story line and interpersonal relationships stand alone from book to book.
One of the best things about this book was the distinctive voice of the heroine, Jessie. At times she is self-deprecating, at other times she is defiant, and there are even some parts where she is afraid for herself, and the people she cares about. Mary Abshire did a fine job expressing the different emotions that Jessie experiences. Because of this, I found myself connecting with her quite easily, and the connection stayed throughout the reading of the novel.
Abshire has a great series in the SOUL CATCHER novels, as far as I can tell. After reading CATCHING AN EVIL TAIL, I wanted to read the first book, CLAIMING THE EVIL DEAD. This is a fairly rare feeling for me. Once I begin a series, I only go forward, even if I am curious about a relationship or event that comes up in the novel, and is clearly something that would be found in a previous book. But again, the stand alone aspect of the series is very attractive to me, and I really would like to read more of Jessie's adventures.
CATCHING AN EVIL TAIL was an extremely enjoyable novel that gave equal attention to the romantic side of things as it did to the other parts of the story line. There's action, danger, a werewolf challenge fight, and some very alpha males. And, then there's Jessie, who knows how to take care of herself. Though she has to send evil souls to hell, she hasn't gotten too jaded with life, or seem too hard. I think this is the perfect novel for someone looking for a mix of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
4.5/5 for plot
4.5/5 for characters
4/5 for language
My Rating: 13/15 (4 stars) Highly Recommended
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02 April, 2011
Book Review: (Blog Tour) Catching an Evil Tail by Mary Abshire
Posted by Lillie (AliseOnLife)
I'm a writer, aspiring to that higher plane of becoming a published author. I love books in all their forms, be it electronic or print (though obviously, there is nothing like the texture of a book in my hands!). I want to share that love and meet others who feel the same.