Review: Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines

Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations (# 1)
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 337
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm – if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend – a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing – and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil – whether she likes it or not..


Review: When I chose to read and review this title, it was done on the premise that it was going to be a hot and exciting read. This assumption was based on the blurb and reviews by other readers. I enjoy paranormal stories and I could not wait to sink my teeth into this single. (Pun intended).

However, my excitement was short lived. Hunted by the Others did not live up to my expectations. Before I go any further with my review, I should let you know this is not a romance and there is nothing sexy about this story.

I must admit, however, even though I was disappointed I was determined to push through and what I received for my efforts was a story that started out slow and somewhat boring but ended with a bang. The conclusion left me salivating for more of this series.

In Hunted by the Others we meet Shiarra who is a private investigator. The tale starts with her being employed by a paranormal group known as the Circle. She has never had a paranormal client as she wanted nothing to do with them. However, due to financial constraints she was forced to do so. This particular job had her coming face to face with vampires, werewolves, mages and a group called the White Hats. (The White Hats are an extremist group whose main intent was to terminate all paranormal aka the others.)

For someone who is a private investigator, Shiarra was timid. She was afraid of the others and she had no knowledge of them. I found this a bit strange. I can understand the fear, but what I could not fathom is for someone who is surrounded by these beings, she should have had some knowledge of them. I felt she should have done some research, before jumping blindly into the job. I thought her business partner, Sara was braver than her and more tolerant of the others.

As the story progresses, we see Shiarra coming into her own. She overcame her fears albeit with a little supernatural help.

The secondary characters helped to make the story a bit more exciting. My favorite of all is Arnold a nerdy mage. He proved to be a great friend to Shiarra, especially when she found herself in dangerous situations. Then there was Chaz, who is a werewolf and Shairra’s ex-boyfriend. He joined the ranks of being an ex when she found out that he is a werewolf.

There was suspense, drama and action and there were few unexpected twists and turns. As stated earlier, there was no romance within the pages of this book, however, based on certain events it is likely we may come in the remainder of the series. (Keeping my fingers crossed)

Overall, I found this to be an Ok read.