Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Release Day Review: Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes #4) by Angel Martinez

feral dust bunniesTitle ~ Feral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes #4)

Author ~ Angel Martinez

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~  20th June 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





An orphaned kitten may be the only witness to romance and the impossible.

Officer Alex Wolf responds to a lot of ‘paranormal’ calls that aren’t. Exotic pet birds aren’t monsters and unusual dog breeds aren’t aliens. It’s a good thing he likes the Animal Control officers, but he both yearns for and dreads those calls where he runs into ACO Jason Shen. Jason’s scent is so delicious that Wolf has a difficult time humaning around him.

Animal Control calls take a disturbing turn, though, when Wolf and his lizard-man partner, Krisk, discover the impossibly mummified bodies of rats and an unfortunate mother cat. The rescue of the cat’s sole surviving kitten not only gives Wolf more time with Jason, which is both perplexing and wonderful, but also leads to dangerous discoveries. Something inconceivable stalks the city and its officers of the law. Wolf has to figure out what it is before it can attack and drain the life from the people and the kitten he loves.


Cheryl’s Review

So far, I’ve read all the books in the series and loved every one. This one is no exception. This police unit is definitely “different”. All of them are weirdly paranormal, and by weirdly I mean a man who can shoot fireballs, but only if there is no moisture in the air, a woman who can make stationery move and an animate leather jacket.

This book follows Wolf. He isn’t a werewolf, but rather a wolf who was turned into a human by a curse and who is working desperately hard to get the hang of “humaning”. Wolf is a delightful mix of strength and sweetness with a dollop of confusion added in.

This story is about animate dust bunnies, as the name implies, but so much more than that. Like all the books in the series so far, it’s about acceptance. There are also some more serious issues which are barely touched on, but real nonetheless, like Jason’s views on marriage and just what makes someone human – or not.

There have been some weird stories in this series, for sure – who can forget the time-travelling pill bugs – but the idea of an animated dust bunny sends shivers down my spine, as does the way it flash-freezes everything it touches. The author has done an amazing job of making something so commonplace, chilling.

My favourite character in this book was Audacity, the kitten. I know, I know the human(ish) characters get a lot more action but Audacity is the one who sniffed out the dust bunnies, claimed everyone’s hearts and ended up riding a dog like a charger. Who wouldn’t love a kitten who got into that kind of trouble?

The story being told is extremely rich in character development and description, as well as story and the little details woven into everything that makes the world and the unit in particular very real. I almost feel as if I could just drop in to the precinct and meet everyone. In this book it appears as if an overarching plotline is slowly unwinding and it makes me excited for future books. I’m also excited about seeing which characters are focussed on in the next one. The author has kindly shared the first chapter of the next book and it seems that we are going to find out more about Carrington, the sarcastic vampire, and what goes on inside his aristocratic and infuriating brain. I’m very much looking forward to that.

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The Offbeat Crimes Series

limegelatinandothermonsters_800_thum_thumbLime Gelatin & Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)

Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.


pillbugsof timeThe Pill Bugs of Time

(Offbeat Crimes #2)

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.


skim bloodSkim Blood & Savage Verse (Offbeat Crimes #3)

Words damage more than just feelings as Carrington hunts feral books menacing the city.

When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it’s an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It’s a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack.

With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library’s Rare Books Department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington’s vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It’s enough to put a nutritionally challenged vampire off his skim blood.


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Meet Angel Martinez

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.

Published since 2006, Angel's cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You'll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don't expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.

She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.



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