Piper’s Fury by Rachel Firasek
Crescent Moon Press (February 2011)
Trade: $14.99; ebook: $9.99
Favorite Lines: “I followed him upstairs, glad he was leading the way. The fabric of his dark slacks stretched tight across his rear with every lift of his leg. I admired the firm treat. The man was built like an ancient warrior–bronze skin stretched over hard muscle.” (p. 89, ebook)
It’s an empath thing…
Using your “powers” to help the Dark Hills Police Department hunt down serial killers doesn’t leave much time for dating. Not that Piper Anast is complaining. The last thing she needs is some guy brushing up against her and pumping his pornographic thoughts into her head.
When she meets Bennett Slade, a sexy, tormented vampire, Piper stumbles headlong into a telepathic connection with his missing daughter. She can’t leave the kid to the evil surrounding her unwanted visions, nor can she resist her draw to Slade. He’s the first guy she’s been able to touch vision-free in, well, forever.
As she and Slade close in on the evil creature holding his daughter, Piper’s powers morph into a deadly fury. To save Slade’s daughter-and herself-Piper must face down demons she never knew she had and trust the one thing she keeps from everyone.
I found the blurb for Piper’s Fury on GoodReads. Intrigued by the blurb, I contacted the author and requested a copy to review. I usually don’t read books from new to me publishers unless I’ve heard rave reviews from bloggers I trust. This definitely an exception to the norm and I’m glad I read the book. It was a good experience and I plan to check out Crescent Moon Press‘s other books.
Rachel Firasek has written an easy to read, fast paced and entertaining story about a woman who is a vampire’s only hope of ever finding his missing daughter.At the same time a serial murderer is on the loose and the heroine is trying to stop him. The plot lines quickly interweave allowing the heroine, Piper, and the vampire, Slade, to regularly interact.
The author did a great job setting up the meeting between the hero and heroine. It occurred early in the story which made a burgeoning romance possible. There were many aspects of the book that I enjoyed and there were a few things that made me wrinkle my eyebrows in consternation.
For example, I fluctuated between liking the heroine and not understanding why others liked her. Piper is brusk, yet caring woman in her 20s. She is extremely immature despite the things which should have forced her to mature. She can’t touch people or be around people without hearing their thoughts. This ability allows her to assist the police in missing person cases, but makes having a sex life non-existent. She’s seen horrible things and heard nasty thoughts, but they don’t prevent her from lashing out at everyone.
Piper is a bitch. She isn’t nice to the woman who raised her or to anyone else. However, most people go out of their way to do things for her. Things that could get them in serious trouble. It wasn’t even done out of fear. I believe the people truly love her, but don’t see how or why. I think the reason for Piper’s behavior became clear by the end of the book, but getting to a point where I could accept her for who she was took quite a while.
I also had a hard time wrapping my mind around the kidnapped child story line. Why? Because the little vampire girl was kidnapped at the age of one. That was five years prior to Slade meeting Piper. However, the kidnapped child, Evalyn, was so much older in spirit. I don’t know if it’s a vampire thing or a side effect of being a kidnap victim. It felt…wrong. Every time she mad an appearance I was taken out of the story because I’d think this isn’t the voice of a 6-year-old.
It didn’t stop me from reading the book. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. At one point I even became emotionally involved. There’s a scene where the heroine is laying in the rain that made me feel horrible. I jumped on the bandwagon with Piper and rational thought had nothing to do with it. (To avoid spoiler territory, I won’t say more. If you’ve read the book let me know how you feel about that scene.)
Read it or Skip it? Read it. Firasek is a new voice in the vampire romance genre. The book is a nice way to fill time when you’re waiting for one of the many paranormal must own books to be released.
Warning!!! Piper’s Fury is one of those books that may leave people angry. There is no clean, this story is over, ending. The biggest plot line, rescue a kidnapped child, is resolved. However, resolving that issue created a new problem. That new problem fully manifests in the final pages of the story creating a cliffhanger ending. I’m okay with the ending, but others might not be.