Title: Tall, Dark & Deadly (Agents of the Bureau #1)
Author: Kharma Kelley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Goodreads Rating: 4.43 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.8 stars
Chloe Hunter can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Incarcerated by The Bureau after running amok for a century with a gang of vampires, grifting and terrorizing humanity, she’s ready to make up for her dark past. Luckily, when The Bureau would rather see her at the end of a wooden stake, in comes her new straight-laced boss, Ethan Raines who’s got other plans for the enthralling ex-con.
An enigmatic vampire who finds Chloe’s hybrid blood and sexy street prowess too irresistible to pass up, Ethan requests The Bureau to release her into his custody to protect the streets of New Orleans. Now, her debt to society is to punish other supernaturals who break the law and bring them to justice.
When Chloe’s old gang involves her in a plot to unlock a mysterious box of woe, she’s forced to make some hard choices that threaten to betray the trust of the man who’s given her a second chance at life and love. Ethan may have his work cut out for him in Tall, Dark & Deadly, the first steamy blockbuster in the Agents of The Bureau series!
I received an ARC for an honest review.
This book was just okay to me. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad by any means. I did enjoy reading it. The plot was pretty good, and there weren’t too many slow spots. Chloe is a half-human, half-vampire hybrid, and Ethan has a few secrets about his genetic makeup, as well.
I wish we could have seen more of the world that Chloe and Ethan live in. There are vampires, Fae, demons, and other supernatural creatures. Other than the first three, we don’t really get much interaction with any other species. I just would have liked to know more about the other inhabitants of the planet. The world we got to see was very narrow.
However, for being about 100 years old, Chloe just seemed immature. She got a little better as the story went on, but in the beginning, she kind of annoyed me. I’m also not crazy about how she constantly needs rescuing because she thinks she can do everything herself. It’s implied that she’s had to be rescued before, too. Come on, Chloe. You’re a smart girl. Learn from your mistakes.
I’m pretty sure I will read the next book, though. It’s about Leto, a secondary character in this book, who, from what little we saw of her, is a pretty interesting character.
If you like paranormal romance, you’ll probably like this book. It’s got some great reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. If you’ve read this book or buy it and intend to read it, let me know what you think!
A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy author, Kharma Kelley has been enamored with all things that go “bump in the night” for who knows how long. She truly believes that finding humanity and beauty in some of the most seemingly unconventional places is part of the romantic psyche to her. A big fan of the Big Easy, Kharma tends to weave her proud Cajun heritage and values into her books. She enjoys reading other urban fantasy and romance novels and playing Minecraft in her spare time. “Tall, Dark & Deadly” is the first book of her “Agents of The Bureau” series. Expect more sexy, dangerous and even hilarious installments to be released along with a new “ShadowShifter” series coming in 2017.
She frequents Wattpad (which she refers to as a story “incubator”) often and beta tests her new story ideas there as well as provide guidance and critiques to aspiring authors. Her works are often compared to Laurell K. Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and the late great author, L.A. Banks. Quote from Kharma Kelley on writing Paranormal Romance: “There’s something intriguing about strong women finding love in all the “wrong” places in the world of fantasy. Of angels, demons, ghosts, werewolves and your occasional blood sucker, all these paranormal metaphors are catalysts of what humans are and crave most…that we’re all different, beautiful and a little bit weird–and just want someone to love us for who we are.” She lives in Texas with her husband.
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