Series: Chicagoland Vampires #8.5
Published by Penguin on January 7, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.
For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.
But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?
I have always loved Jeff Christopher as the quirky nerd in the group and despite knowing from the previous books he had a “thing” for Fallon, I couldn’t imagine him in a whirlwind love affair. I think I just had him totally in the geek category in my head. I was torn for him though. He is so in love with Fallon and she just continues to follow along with her family’s wishes and displays none of her feelings towards Jeff. Basically leaving him hanging on. It makes him seem desparate and her seem like a bitch. No pun intended.
I was glad of the story giving Jeff a chance to prove himself. He can really fight, and I found myself a bit shocked by it. Still I can’t get this scrawny geek image out of my head. The villian in the story confused me. It was such a back and forth as to who it actually was that I felt like my head was spinning.
Overall, I enjoyed this novella and am glad to see Jeff happy. Even if the couple’s idea of romance is kind of different. I got a kick out of the ending. I did not read the special preview of Wild Things as it would just make the wait seem longer for me and I hate that torture.
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