Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Release Day Review: Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs (Offbeat Crimes #5) by Angel Martinez

jackalopesTitle ~ Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs

Author ~ Angel Martinez

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 3rd October 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Fantasy

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Synopsis

Hoax animals and a consulting vampire on the prowl—ACO Jason Shen never thought having a cop boyfriend would be this hard.

All Animal Control Officer Jason Shen ever wanted was a quiet life of rescuing lost kittens and helping animals in need. Having a paranormal cop boyfriend guarantees an end to the quiet part. What at first seems like a random encounter with jackalopes in the park might be more than chance and when State Paranormal sends a handsome, charming vampire to consult with the Seventy-Seventh, he finds his relationship with Alex on shaky ground.

Officer Alex Wolf hoped his humaning skills were improving but now he can’t unravel the strange politics at State Paranormal or why Jason’s family seems to hate him. There’s no time to puzzle things out, either. Bizarre animals are loose in the city, Jason’s acting strange—and is the vampire captain from State flirting with him? Wolf’s going to have to keep his head in the game if he’s going to have any chance of putting the pieces together and keeping the city safe from the strange critters terrorizing its streets.

 

Cheryl’s Review

I feel privileged to have the opportunity of advance reading and reviewing these amazing books. The quirkiness is so appealing and I usually save them for a time when I’m feeling a little down, as they always cheer me up with a chuckle or two.

I was wrong in my last review as Carrington, the snarky vamp was not centre stage in this one, but rather we focussed on more of Wolf and Jason’s story, with the usual cast of characters giving their unique support.

In this instalment, we were given a far deeper insight into the history of the 77th and the weird and wonderful characters who man it. Neither it, nor they, have had an easy time of it, and in some ways seem almost expected to apologize for their very existence. Almost all of our friends have been pushed back in some ways and the “big brass” seem to see them as some kind of embarrassing joke. Fortunately, the arrogant “normal” vampire they send to “consult” (read snoop) is drawn into the wonder that is the 77th and falls under its charm just like the reader does.

The new vampire, however, aided by Jason’s uncompromising and disapproving family, throw Wolf and Jason into a spin, revealing insecurities and fears that almost blow them apart. Wolf has to do more “adulting” than ever and it’s something that has never come easy to him. Without his friends he would have been lost. For Jason, without that support, things could have gone much worse if not for Wolf’s mother and, of course, the lovely Audacity.

As well as the sexy vampire, Captain Valbuena, we have another new character who had me in a spin. I’m not going to tell you too much about the sweet and lovely Pecca Teecosi, you really have to see for yourself.

Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs is yet another triumph and I would urge anyone who likes their stories served with a shot of good sex, a healthy pinch of sarcasm and a whole bagful of humour to read this series. The delicate touch is still going strong as are the character development and story arcs.

An overriding story arc is beginning to make itself known as it becomes clear there is a link between all the incidents we’ve witnessed so far in all the books, and I look forward to watching this develop in future instalments.

Although I said this last time, I will say the same thing again – From the sneak peek of the next book, it seems that Carrington might play a larger part and I’m really 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.

REVIEW :: AMAZON GLOBAL LINK

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.

REVIEW :: AMAZON GLOBAL LINK

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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feral dust bunniesFeral Dust Bunnies (Offbeat Crimes #4)

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.

REVIEW :: AMAZON GLOBAL LINK

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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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