Review: Only Human by Candace Blevins

Only Human by Candace Blevins
Series: Kirsten O’Shea (# 1)
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Publisher: Excessica Publishing
Pages: 391
Source: book provided by the author for review



Book one of an exciting new urban fantasy series…

Someone is abducting women and killing men in a way to get Kirsten O’Shea’s attention. Luckily, she has some formidable friends and allies in the supernatural world, and she isn’t without her own defenses, either.

A powerful master vampire romances her while the alpha werewolf flirts with her, and an ancient being who used to be worshipped as a god wants her dead, but Kirsten survives, even if she is Only Human.


Review: The first thing that got my attention was the cover. I was reminded of Kate from the movie Underworld. In addition to this the synopsis promised a story that would be filled with excitement and adventure. My decision was further influenced by the fact that the story would feature vampires and a variety of other supernatural beings. The author was new to me, but I had heard so many great things about her work as a result, I confidently dove into this story believing that I would not be disappointed.

Now that I am finished reading I am at a lost as to what say about this book. Unfortunately the story did not live up to my expectations. I struggled to finish reading it as I found the story to be quite tedious and tiresome. There were a few times that I was tempted to throw the towel in on this one.

Only Human tells the story of Kirsten O’Shea, who is a sex therapist by day and a demon huntress by night. I found this combination intriguing, however, as I got deeper into the story I became bored with her character. I had difficulty connecting with her. I recognized she was special based on her skills but I just could not see why every powerful supernatural male who came in contact with her wanted to connect with her in a sexual manner. Equally for the secondary characters I was profoundly disappointed. The supernatural males that she works with knew of her abilities, but they were still intent on treating her like a helpless human.

The story began on an exciting note, however, as it progressed instead of heating up it lost its momentum. The main premise of the story is supposed to be the abduction of women and the murder of men, however a lot of the focus was on Kirsten’s life both past and present. I am all for providing sufficient details about characters as this should enable readers to learn and get a better understanding about whom they are reading, but when it takes away the focus from the main story then I have a problem.

Only Human is an urban fantasy with strong BDSM elements, Kirsten was a sexual submissive. Now, although this is my first time reading a book with this theme I had an idea what being a sexual submissive was. However, after reading about what she undergoes to experience pleasure made me want to cringe. The story was well written, but it just did not grab my attention. It took me some time to get through this book. I am a big fan of urban fantasy, but this did not do it for me.

This is the first book in a series, but after this disappointing read I am not sure if I will go beyond this volume. Although this was not for me, I know there are readers out there who enjoy stories with a BDSM theme coupled with paranormal elements as such this book may just be to your liking.