Catching an Evil Tail

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Catching an Evil Tail

Soul Catchers, #2

After her first adventure in Chicago where Jessie tracks down an ancient and evil vampire and sends his soul to hell, Jessie is trying to go back to her life as normal as possible. She is back to ghost hunting with her human friends, who haven’t a clue about her abilities, and back to her boring as usual job. Her hunky vampire boyfriend, Drake, is off in Europe on vampire business and hasn’t returned in over 6 weeks (it was only supposed to be for two weeks). Tight lipped and terribly vague, he will not explain anything to Jessie as to why he has not returned. Though thoroughly frustrated and lonely, it also gives Jessie plenty of time to reflect on her relationship with Drake, wondering if he is actually committed as much as he says he is.

Jeremy, a super-hot and steamy (figuratively and literally) demon, has been and is still is ga-ga over Jessie ever since their meeting in Chicago, and will do just about anything to get into her heart, and her pants. Still indebted to Jeremy for his help with capturing the evil vampire, Jessie jumps at an offer that would free her from her ties with Jeremy. An alpha werewolf has asked Jeremy to enlist in Jessie’s “special” help to send a rouge werewolf’s soul to hell. The alpha, Alan, is debonair in his demeanor and almost sweeps Jessie out of her panties…almost.

Making and breaking alliances, partial truth telling and deception, Jessie is in a whirlwind as to who to trust, who to turn to, and just exactly what to do in the whole scheme of things. Will she succeed in her original mission? Will Drake still hold her heart or will she turn to Jeremy or Alan instead? Will anyone survive this insanity when all is said and done?

I enjoyed the first book of this series, but I cannot say that I was that excited about the second installment. Most pointedly, it is Jessie’s character. It seems like Jessie wants to come off as many things: the best friend and roommate, the lover, the apologizer, and now the newly renovated strong woman who doesn’t take crap from dominant, aggressive, and possessive men. It left this reader completely frustrated to no end. (Eye roll after eye roll.)

She allows people to act like five year olds who throw tantrums (her human best friend and roommate) while feeling the need to apologize for their issues and immaturity, but then on the other end she an unapologetic tease who tugs on the heart string of all these hunky men who for whatever reason are entirely captivated with her (imagine a Queen bee and her drones). At one end she wants only Drake, but on the other end she will string Jeremy along, with his perpetual hard-on, to get whatever she can. Oh, and let’s not forget Alan who wants to give her the sexual ride of her life and to satiate her deepest needs. Midway through the story, the “new Jessie” evolves, but as soon as she gets into deep trouble, she is calling for Jeremy to help her get out of the mess she is in. Look, if she’s going invest time with these men, why not be with all of them and drop this my-heart-only-belongs-to-one-man charade? If she won’t do that, then stop being an emotional whore; the mental drama became old quite fast.

The story line about Jessie and her abilities is fun and intriguing. This is the part I enjoy the most and wanted to read more about. Exactly what is the whole picture the author is constructing about demons and Jessie’s role in being half demon? I won’t say that is not what the author did in this book, because she definitely went there. However, it wasn’t enough to satisfy me. Rather it was bits and snippets here and there while more attention was paid to the emotional drama of the characters.

I won’t say this is a terrible book, because it is not. I won’t say “skip it” because I know others will most likely enjoy the very things I find annoying. I think it comes down to what my cup of tea is and what my expectations of a good story are. I think Ms. Abshire is a promising writer and would be interested in other works I hope that she produces in the future. As for the next installment of this series, though, I will have to graciously decline the offer to read it.


Book Blurb for Catching an Evil Tail

Half-demon Jessie Garrett longs to liberate herself from the debt she owes the demon yearning to seduce her. When Jeremy asks for her help, she jumps at the chance to make a new deal with him—one that will guarantee her freedom. The only catch? She has to send the soul of a werewolf to Hell.

As if Jessie didn't have enough trouble in her life, her vampire lover remains out of the country. After Drake fails to offer an explanation as to why he hasn’t returned, she starts to wonder if she should move on without him. But when he finally shows up and defends his absence, his justification stuns and terrifies her.

Love, trust, and loyalty are on the line. Torn between her feelings for her vampire boyfriend, a hot Alpha wolf, and a demon vowing to protect her, Jessie must figure out her heart’s true desires and the best course of action to stay alive.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 3.25