As a freelance skinwalker, Jane Yellowrock spends most of her time hunting down snarling vampires. In her latest gig, however, this Cherokee stalker receives a call from an unexpected client: New Orleans vampire madam Katherine Fontaneau wants Jane’s help in "neutralizing" a rogue of her species who has been slaughtering other vampires. A steamy, action-packed mass market original.
My rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Could’ve been better, but I liked it overall.
At first I didn’t think I would like this book (the cover turned me off), but once it sucked me in, I could barely put it down! Yes, it does have an unbelievably kick-butt heroine, sexy vampires, and numerous other urban fantasy cliches, but there are also elements that make this story unique.
The plot was decent – the pacing could use a little work, and Jane is a bit slow on the uptake regarding the mystery villain, but overall it wasn’t bad. The fight scenes were violent, bloody, and well done. There’s a hint of romance, but the two men Jane is attracted to seem like the same character – both hot, mysterious, bad boys. This is where I liked Beast more than Jane. Beast isn’t interested in sex without commitment; she wants to “mate” and have “kits,” while Jane is in no hurry to settle down. This conflict leads to some pretty humorous situations since the two share a body.
Overall, Jane Yellowrock isn’t quite in the same league as my favorite UF heroines (Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, etc.), but I still really enjoyed reading this story. It kept me constantly turning pages, eager to find out what happens next. Skinwalker is exciting, different, and entertaining in an over-the-top kind of way. I’ll probably pick up the next book when I feel in the mood for a fun, action-packed, adventure.