25 October, 2010

Eight Days of Halloween- Day One: To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory

Author: H.P. MALLORY

Published: July 2010

I received this book from H.P. Mallory, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

From Good Reads:
The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

My Review:
I absolutely loved the beginning of H.P. Mallory's book! I was thrust right into the life of Dulcie O'Neil, and her job as a Regulator. As the synopsis from Good Reads says, sometimes her life can be a real bitch. And boy, does Dulcie have a lot on her plate. TO KILL A WARLOCK is a solid urban fantasy, where the story focuses on Dulcie and her latest case, which is full of twists and turns... and murder, of course.

TO KILL A WARLOCK had a great plot that kept me interested throughout the book. Not only did Dulcie have to solve a few murders, but she also had to deal with her self-consciousness about her "fairy" ears, as well as finish the novel that she was writing. I liked how she actually had a private life that was separate from the job that she does. In many urban fantasy or paranormal romance novels, the abnormal and danger seems to permeate all parts of the heroine's life. It was a nice change to have a heroine that had some separation on the two.

Know what else I loved? Mallory does introduce some steamy men in TO KILL A WARLOCK. While her boss Quillian, sex-club owner Dagan, and vampire Bram, are previously known to Dulcie, she can't resist the new stranger in her life. It's clear that Dulcie is attracted to Knight. Could it be the amount of time he spends clad in skin-tight leather, undercover at Dagan's club? (That's totally my vicarious thrill, by the way!) Either way, the spark between her and Knight, and the long-term crush that Dulcie harbors for Quillian, never overshadow the actual case that she is trying to solve. Romance doesn't become the main plotline, which is something I look for in my urban fantasy.

4.5/5 for plot
4/5 for characters
4/5 for language

My Rating: 12.5/15 Highly Recommend

Find out more about H.P. Mallory, and the books that she has written, at the following links:

H.P. Mallory's website

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