Review: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines

Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines
Series: H&W Investigations (# 6)
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse–the Others have joined the mortal world, and there’s no turning back now . . .

As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.

But although she’s desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what’s going on and somehow get a message out, she’s still a captive of the worst kind. . .


Review: Before I go into depth with my review, there is something I need to affirm. If you are going to read this title, ensure that you read the prior books in the series first. In doing this you will have a better understanding of the current installment.

I had read book 1 of the series, but never got the opportunity to read books 2 -5 as such when I started book 6 I was a bit disoriented. I had missed out on a lot of what happened making it somewhat difficult for me to follow in the early stages of the story. It was clear from the start of the book that Enslaved by the Others picked up where Forsaken by the Others left off.

When I was first introduced to Shiarra West in book 1 I did not care much for her. I thought she was timid and weak for someone who is a private investigator. By the end of that installment, I saw her growing some backbone. In Enslaved by the Others, it is clear she has come a long way since I was first introduced to her. She has found herself in a serious predicament where it seems there is no hope of survival, however, instead of accepting her fate, she is willing to fight to gain her freedom no matter the cost to herself. In spite of these traits, there is a side to her that I found irritating. She is pigheaded and is not willing to take advice which at time places her in danger.

I was introduced to new characters (not sure if they were in the previous installments) but I was disappointed as there was not sufficient back story on them. Based on this I had no connection to them and didn’t believe they added much to the story.

It is not my favorite, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading as I was curious to find out what was going to happen next. It touches on the horrors of human trafficking and the effect it have on the victim’s psyche. The story started out slowly but then it picked up the pace about thirty percent (30%) into the story. This is a story that has action, suspense and some nail biting moments, however there was no romance.

In concluding, I must say I found it better than the first installment, however, it was not good enough to give it more than three stars. I am not sure if reading the prior installments will change my view much, but I am inclined to give them a try.