Review: Red Hot Fury by Kasey Mackenzie

, by Kt Clapsadl

Red Hot Fury by Kasey Mackenzie
Shades of Fury #1


Introducing a sizzling new urban fantasy series featuring Marissa Holloway, an immortal Fury who doesn't just get mad...she gets even.

As a Fury, Marissa Holloway belongs to an Arcane race that has avenged wrongdoing since time immemorial. As Boston's chief magical investigator for the past five years, she's doing what she was born to do: solve supernatural crimes.

But Riss's investigation into a dead sister Fury leads to her being inexplicably suspended from her job. And to uncover the truth behind this cover-up, she'll have to turn to her shape-shifting Warhound ex for help.



Marissa's duty as a Fury is to solve supernatural crimes and hold the fragile peace between humans and the Arcane. As the chief magical investigator for the Boston police department, she takes all the strange calls. Her latest case hits too close to home when her dead Fury sister washes up on the shore. But things aren't as they seem and she quickly finds herself suspended for sticking her nose too far into things that someone would rather keep covered up. As the heat picks up, the only person she can trust is her ex, Scott a shape-shifting Warhound. But they didn't exactly part on the best terms, and getting his help may just take a miracle. Groveling doesn't come easy for this Fury.

I absolutely love Riss's character. She is so incredibly passionate about everything, and I'm not talking in a sexual sense. (Although there are some steamy scenes.) All of her emotions are so intense it is like she is at full throttle 100% of the time, be it in anger, love, or a single minded need for revenge. Some may see this as a flaw, but I really loved it, even when she fanned her own ego as I didn't get the conceited vibe from it. This passion makes her rather reckless and apt to leaping before she looks, but nothing can be said against her loyalty to her sister Fury. I will say that as the book progresses she seemed to make an effort to slow herself down just a little in order to make better decisions. 

I loved the romance aspect of the book even though it played a much smaller part. There was so much sexual tension between Riss and Scott that they practically sizzled. But don't expect an easy road as there is so much hurt between them as things ended very badly in the past. There is so much anger between them, especially as Riss lets her Fury sparks fly. However, even as they both resent the situation that forced them together again, the connection between them is apparent from the very start. Honestly, I'm a sucker for past loves reuniting, even if it is under less than favorable circumstances, so this only added to my enjoyment of Red Hot Fury.

Not only is there an awesome narrator and a good romantic subplot, Red Hot Fury features a really incredible mythology. There are Furies, Harpies, Shifters, and a plethora more of supernatural creatures that live in the modern world. There is a very fragile peace between them and humans. The tension is absolutely palpable as the Furies are the only thing keeping a full scale war from breaking out. So, if you like an action pack adventure featuring a kick butt heroine on a mission with a little slice of romance on the side, then Red Hot Fury is just the book for you.

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