Stacking the Shelves #31


Absolution (penton Legacy, 2) – Susannah Sandlin

With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal. Mirren Kincaid once served the tribunal as their most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the tribunal wants him back on their side.

To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?

 La prière du chasseur (Jill Kismet, 2) – Lilith Saintcrow


Je m’appelle Jill Kismet.
Exorciste en chef attitrée et exterminatrice spirituelle de la police de Santa Luz, en plus de lui servir d’agent de liaison avec la communauté paranormale. Mais le terme le plus populaire désignant ce que je suis, c’est « chasseuse ».
Depuis plusieurs jours, quelqu’un, ou quelque chose, tue et éviscère des prostituées. Je dois arrêter le coupable, et s’il faut pour cela ouvrir les portes de l’Enfer… ainsi soit-il.

Troisième tombe tout droit (Charley Davidson, 3) – Darynda Jones

Charley, la plus délurée des faucheuses, est de retour ! Mais elle boit des quantités astronomiques de café pour rester éveillée. Sans quoi, elle n’échappe pas à la vision terrifiante qui s’impose à elle dès qu’elle ferme les yeux : Reyes, le fils de Satan qu’elle a emprisonné pour l’éternité. Pourra-t-elle retrouver une personne disparue, apaiser son père grincheux et affronter un gang de motards sanguinaires alors que le fils du Diable refuse de renoncer à la séduire et à se venger d’elle ?

Hasta la vista Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery, 2) – Misa Ramirez

When Lola comes home to her parents’ house to find a horde of relatives mourning her death, no one is more surprised than she is. The news had reported that one Lola Cruz, PI was found murdered in an alley, causing great alarm in the Cruz family. Before Lola can say “boo,” a cop comes to the house. It turns out the dead woman had a driver’s license with Lola’s information. Between avoiding an unsavory ex-boyfriend, sorting out mixed signals from the very interested but not yet committed Jack Callaghan, and filling in as a waitress at her parents’ Mexican restaurant, Lola tries to find out who the woman was and why she stole her identity. Was the woman hiding from someone who meant her harm, or is there someone out there who wants Lola dead?

The Farm (The Farm, 1) Emily McKay

Life was different in the Before: before vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America; before the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. These days, we know what those quarantines are—holding pens where human blood is turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other…

And when trust is a thing of the past, escape is nearly impossible.

Lily and her twin sister Mel have a plan. Though Mel can barely communicate, her autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help…

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s in the Before. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race…

When a man loves a weapon (Bobbie Faye, 3) – Toni McGee Causey

Living single in her trailer was great for a time. But now Bobbie Faye’s officially engaged to, and has purchased a home with, the hottest FBI agent on the beat: Trevor Cormier. Even though she still has no idea what he really does on the job, Bobbie Faye has never been happier…until Trevor gets called away on an urgent assignment and leaves her in the care of body-guard slash babysitter Riley.

As it turns out, Bobbie Faye could use a little extra security. The man she helped put in behind bars, the murderous Sean MacGreggor, has escaped from prison…and is dead-set on revenge. With still no word from Trevor—who was only supposed to be gone for three days—Bobbie Faye finds herself reluctantly turning to her detective ex-boyfriend Cam for help. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Bobbie Faye…so long as Trevor stays out of the picture. For good