*I received a copy of this book for review purposes.
** A video version of this review was posted on Amazon. You can view it HERE.
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Blood Fest: Chasing Destiny
A female PI travels from L.A. to England on a case unaware of her unique heritage or the danger it places her in.
Chase Alcott has no idea that she’s not human. Or that her Weretiger nature is about to burst out full force. Roman Fernwood is a werewolf-vampire hybrid who wants to discover the truth behind a recent death at his estate. His father hires Chase and her partner to investigate. Roman knows at once that she’s going to bring him nothing but trouble once the local Weres discover her existence, yet he can’t help being attracted to her. What follows is a paranormal romance full of action, mystery, and plenty of passion.
Three different Weretiger Prides lay claim to Chase, the one near Roman’s estate, one in Los Angeles, and one in Lithuania. This last one is a nightmare. It’s also the one she was born into, and the leader has good reason to want her back.
Chase is funny and full of sharp edges that hide a loss buried so deeply, even she is unaware of it until the trip to England. She gets a nice match in Roman. He’s less annoying than most alpha heroes. He also doesn’t try very hard to avoid falling for her.
Pepper O’Neal puts Chase into some tight spots. There’s a section toward the end when she’s imprisoned by the villain that had me on edge. The settings are all well done. Whether L.A., Roman’s estate, or the moors of Scotland, I felt transported there. The whole book provides a truly immersive experience.
Roman takes too long to figure out who the villain is. We readers learn the “who” if not the “why” before he does. But the book has a killer climax. And there’s so much more to appreciate about the story than I can cover here. Such as Drake Gatos, head of the local Weretiger pride, and his number two, Gray. Great characters. Also, Chase’s partner. David is so funny and full of life.
BLOOD FEST: CHASING DESTINY had me so worked up by the end, that I rushed to download the second book in the series CURSING FATE. Not a free gift from the author, by the way. And well worth the price. I cannot wait for the third book.