Saturday, 17 October 2015

Review of End Street Volume 1 by RJ Scott and Amber Kell

 End Street Volume 1 by RJ Scott and Amber Kell

Dragons, vampires, werewolves, fae, witches and one very confused human.
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Sam, 100% human (no, really) inherits a crumbling building and a private detective agency from his Uncle.
Bob, a brooding stubborn and ancient vampire turns up at his door and refuses to leave.
Before Sam can say 'I only want human cases' he's knee deep in werewolves, dragons, vampires and witches.
Book 1 - The Case of The Cupid Curse
Sam Enderson is a human detective who inherits a building from where his Uncle used to run a detective agency. He finds himself working for paranormal creatures despite his resolve to stick with humans only. To supplement his income as a new PI Sam rents out rooms in the large house.
Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam's doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly and Sam is attracted to the vampire despite himself.
Sam is cursed by a witch, and has two cases landing on his desk. Werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle are enough to drive Sam mad. But somehow in amongst all of this he has to find a missing fae and a missing shifter child.
Book 2 - The Case of the Wicked Wolf
Naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha make up the intricate story in the race to rescue the missing children.
Sam and Bob have more than just the case of one lost child to handle. Not only is Shelby Hartman missing, but other paranormal children have disappeared. The race to rescue the children is hampered by naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha.
Hartman Hunter is desperate to find his daughter. He turns to the demon Danjal Naamah for help. The problem is that Danjal is the only person Hartman has ever loved—the man he let go for the sake of the pack…


I'm going to be honest here, because enough people know the reason, I am biased about RJ Scott's books and I adore Amber Kell's Pride stories, so I wasn't expecting to dislike these stories. But I did start out thinking I'm also a purist. I like my crime as crime, and my paranormal the same, and never the twain shall meet. Which is all kinds of tosh as I've read a lot of paranormal/crime - but moving on swiftly.

I shall now fall on my sword and say I love the combination of the two, both author and genre. I love Sam's horror as he starts his agency to deal with human cases and swiftly realises the cases are going to find him, and they're paranormal all the way. He gets into trouble with species after species, with Bob the vampire at his back - teeth and all. Bob the vampire - yes the name made me laugh.

One of the things I did like was full world building right from the start. This wasn't just a boy meets vampire story, there is so much more than that. I would have loved the stories to be novel rather than novella length because they are fast-paced and have a lot going on, but having two in one volume helped.

I'm really looking forward to the next volume to feed my addiction to Sam and Bob's world.

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