Have Monster, Will Travel

Monsters in Hollywood, Book 4

As I started this fourth book in the Monsters in Hollywood series, I became overwhelmed with all the characters. However, it didn’t take long before they all took their respective places and roles and the lead characters for this story became apparent and real. Once that did happen, the thrill of the unknown and possibilities of exploring something unique and different came racing through the pages and I couldn’t keep up! There are real monsters in various shapes ranging from angelic to demons to giant tigers. All can take a human shape and they are falling in love and mating with female humans. Though the brain says run, the heart says stay.

Jo has been asked to work on what may be a summer blockbuster about monsters as the Production Designer. She doesn’t know that the monsters are real and Calypso Productions plans on introducing them to the world. This is some really scary and strange stuff. Tokaki is to choreograph the fight scenes. He is known to be one of the best warriors within the monster clans. His clan has not reached out to other clans and is very private. Tokaki doesn’t know why but he likes to be with Jo, so much so that he’s willing to break his clan’s rules. But, Jo is scared of the large tiger monster that is Tokaki’s real body. Everything becomes clear to Tokaki when Jo is almost killed.

This story probably would have been better had I read the first three books but as I said once the characters became straight in my mind, the story became much easier to understand. This is a unique and interesting concept that is being done very well. The monsters are all different and there is enough information given on their society that you get a rough idea of how it works. The humans are all in the film industry and though initially are frightened by the monsters, they are also intrigued with the idea of introducing them to the world. However, most of all this is a romance and that part of the story is awesome. It was a clash of cultures and a mesh of ideas bound with love. What more could you want?

Book Blurb for Have Monster, Will Travel

She’d always heard Hollywood was full of monsters. She didn’t know they meant actual monsters.

All of Hollywood is talking about Calypso Production’s new top-secret action movie, and Joanna is tapped to be the Production Designer. There’s just one big issue: the lead actors are monsters. Literally.

Bound by tradition and discipline, Tokaki’s clan of shapeshifers has maintained the old ways even as they’ve retreated from the human race. When members of another clan come up with a plan to expose and explain their hidden existence, he agrees to help. As the warrior who trains all others, he knows how to inflict both the maximum, and minimum, amount of damage. Because of this experience he’s asked to become something they call a “stunt coordinator”.

When Joanna and Tokaki meet it’s electric, and not just because Joanna watches him shift from a massive white tiger into a handsome, naked man. Tokaki is fascinated by the outside world, especially Joanna, who’s colorful in more ways than one. When he takes Joanna to a hidden temple deep in the Chinese mountains, neither expects she’ll be risking her very life. In order to save the woman he loves, Tokaki must turn to his family for help, risking the secrets his clan has kept for a millennium.

Warning: This title contains an artistic woman, a demanding warrior, and sexy misuse of temple grounds.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2012 4.00