This paranormal tale has an intriguing combination of beings, including a Siren, werewolves, vampires and a witch and combines an interesting missing persons investigation with a pair of romances. The interaction between the FBI partners who have more secrets than most plays out against the complications which demand atonement for their past actions and the forced proximity from their investigation. The gradual revelation of the number of victims and the connection between all of them makes this an entertaining mystery even as the paranormal aspect gives the unexpected motive credibility. The relationship between the powerful witch Liz and her lover is also one that provides a nice secondary thread that hopefully will be pursued in future tales. Emma’s dilemma is heartbreaking and her solution is not quite satisfying to me although quite understandable. I definitely am looking forward to more stories in this exciting series that promises to continue providing both mystery and romance with a delightful paranormal twist.
“Cursed” by S.J. Harper is the first book in the ‘Fallen Siren’ paranormal series and features the Siren Ligea who is serving penance for having failed to protect Demeter’s daughter Persephone from being kidnapped. Currently known as FBI Agent Emma Monroe, she is dismayed to have a new partner who has transferred to her San Diego office because she has a past history with Agent Zack Armstrong, although she hasn’t addressed the fact that they are both other than human. Zack has his own past torments to deal with but he can’t deny the desire he feels for his attractive partner. Their investigation into the disappearance of a missing artist leads them into a world that includes other paranormal beings and a frightening network but the greatest danger to them both may be from Demeter herself.
Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She's cursed. He's damned. Together, they make one hell of a team.
Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.
Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.
Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!