Series: Night Watch #1
Published by Brava, Kensington on December 18, 2009
Source: Kensington Books Preferred Reviewer, Purchased
Cynthia Eden delves into the dark realms of the Others, where desires and dangerous games await the unsuspecting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Assistant DA Erin Jerome has a secret. Make that two. One: She’s not entirely human–she’s Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Two: she’s got a killer stalking her–an Other rogue set on “gifting” her bloody corpses, not to mention nights lying awake in terror. Small wonder she’s been having bad luck with men.
But the bounty hunter on her new case isn’t worried about any of that. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter himself, and the new DA’s midnight hair and addictive scent tell him all he thinks he needs to know: She’s gorgeous, she’s definitely not human, and she’s bringing out the animal in him in a really good way. He might have to track a psychotic Other stalker through half of Louisiana. But he might also get the chance to watch Erin’s wild side come out and play.
I love the idea of a Shifter bounty hunter and the company he works for, Night Watch. From the first page I had a hard time putting it down. I like Cynthia Eden’s easy writing style, and the flow of her characters’ thoughts and voices.
Erin Jerome is the new ADA in Baton Rouge, LA. She moved from her previous assignment in Lillian because (small spoilers here) she has a stalker and she thought she’d lost him. She is “Other” but she is very adept at hiding her Otherness from everybody, both human and Other alike.
Until Jude Donovan the bounty hunter apprehends one of her perps. He brings him in with claw marks because Jude is a shifter, and when he sees/smells Erin, he is a goner. He is the only one who has ever noticed her scent was Other. And he is sex on legs! woo boy do I want me a Jude Donovan of my very own.
Together the two of them try to figure out who is stalking Erin, and just how the guy is so good. He is right next to her a lot and she never notices him. In fact, once I found out who her stalker was (the wolf shifter who thought of Erin as his mate, he kills as gifts to her-psycho) I was fairly surprised.
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that a few times either Erin or Jude wouldn’t share their past with each other because they each thought it might turn the other off. It felt like a stalling tactic the author might use to keep us from knowing the secrets.
Erin’s were definitely biggies, what with the psycho stalker mate and her hybrid half and her dad’s being a shaman with psychic powers. But Jude’s were definitely soul torturing nightmares that made me want to hug him tight, but they weren’t anything that should have scared Erin off.
I guess it just came down to each felt he/she had a darkness in them the other couldn’t/wouldn’t understand. Instead they identified with each other. I will definitely read on, and I loved it to the point of reading most last night, and the rest early this morning. My only problem is that I didn’t like Dee (a human hunter who works for Night Watch) and her story’s up next. ::shrug:: I’ll see what I think, I bet Cynthia Eden can make me eat my words 🙂
***I bought this and read it years ago, but lost my copy. Kensington Brava was nice enough to send me the re-issue Mass Market Paperback