Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.
Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.
It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie's lamp.
Jane True has never fit into her small town. She has always been an outcast, but when tragedy struck years ago, she became the ultimate pariah. She is very careful to hide her differences as best she can, but it isn't much help. So, it wasn't too shocking for her to find out there is a reason for her strangeness, she isn't completely human. When other half-breeds start ending up dead, she teams up with sexy supernatural investigator, Ryu to find the culprit. With Jane afraid she might be next, her previously boring life takes a turn into the exciting yet potentially deadly area. She must learn the rules of the new world if she wants to have any chance at surviving a place where most would rather see her dead for her half-breed status.
Jane's character is completely ruled by her past. She is so damaged from both the town's ostracization and the loss of the love of her life. Because of her own grief she actually believes she doesn't deserve to be accepted. While this may make her a flawed character, it also allows for a lot of potential growth. Overcoming one's past can be more challenging than any present obstacle, but I have faith in her ability to finally put the past behind her. Only then will she be able to truly accept who she is and her new role in the supernatural community. I think she has the potential to do great things, and will bring in a sense of "heart", something the rest of them are missing. They are just a little too far detached from humanity, and I think Jane can help bridge that gap.
I loved the dynamic between Jane and Ryu. I think he was the perfect character to help ease her into the supernatural world, as well as coaxing her out of her shell. I'm pretty sure in the beginning it was just his nature and attraction that drew her to him. However, as it went on, you could tell by hid behavior that he wanted more than just a quick fling from her. I'm pretty sure that doesn't happen very often with his kind, due to their unique "food" source. Perhaps I am seeing more than is there, but I think he does genuinely care for Jane and wants her to be happy.
I cannot believe I didn't read this book sooner! It was such a fast paced, enjoyable read. This is just one of those books that makes you laugh yet still is able to be serious enough when danger presents itself. I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series and watching Jane grow. This book should entertain both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans, as it is a good blend of both genres. Major kudos to the author for this fantastic debut Urban Fantasy!