Publisher: Pocket Star
Publishing Date: January 2015
Publisher Description: Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.
Review: I was pleasantly surprised by this work. I really liked the character development in this novel. From the vampires to shape shifting dragons. Owl is really fun to move through the story-line with. She has this pervasive sense of disaster about her that quickly involves you in the plot. Even her co-characters think she is a disaster waiting to happen. Owl has big relationship/people communication issues and when she finally gets around to dropping her pants for her love interest, ex-mercenary Rynn, she is still conflicted about her emotional commitment.
Some fall downs were in scenes where the character interaction did not marry with the action presented. Lengthy dialogue between characters when in life and death situations is not believable. Rather minor in impact but persistent throughout. I think that the action superseded the cogent development of scene progression where gaps in logic were apparent. Also, there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors.
You have to accept that a large part of the novel is fairly myopic with regard to Owl and her adventure. At times it verges on the narcissistic yet manages to bring in other characters to offset her state of self-centeredness’. If you like a character that never plans and falls first into action without regard for herself while barely escaping with her life, then this is for you. A series to look forward to that I wouldn’t hesitate picking up.