Lycan Unleashed by Tiffany Allee
Series: Other-Worlder Enforcement Agency (# 3)
Release Date: January 14, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed–not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.
Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.
Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.
Review: Lycan Unleashed is an interesting, fresh take on the paranormal. I loved the thought of otherworldly enforces, and I like the details Ms. Allee put into the police procedure. In a world full of magical creatures, that dose of reality made the world more believable.
Astrid was a heroine after my own heart, smart, capable, and confident. A sensitive, she works for the Chicago PD on what they refer to as the Freak Squad. She can sense other worlders, identify their species, and how powerful they are. A handy skill to have when you’re investigating paranormal murder scenes. Her life takes a turn when she’s suspended from work for allegedly losing a piece of evidence. The main word is allegedly.
Mason is a Lycan detective and Astrid’s only hope for redemption. Given their rocky past, putting them together on this case is like lighting a long fuse and waiting for it to go off. He was a brooding man with a dark past, and a suitcase full of relationship baggage. I liked him, but I wanted to dig deeper. It made me wonder if reading the first two books in the series would’ve made me feel differently.
In the end, this was an enjoyable murder mystery set in a fantastically built paranormal world. The perfect blend of reality and fantasy, it made for an enjoyable. I did long for more character and relationship development. But again, I came into the series in the third book, and that might be part of the reason why I felt disconnected.