Series: Heart of Darkness, 1
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Length: Novella (76 pages)
Publisher: Afternoon Delight Publishing (November 30th, 2012)
Heat Level: None
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Detective Jamison Landry knew his job was never going to be easy. He’s dealt with the worst criminals imaginable and believes in his work and the community he serves. But he’s never met someone like Mal before. The mysterious man keeps him guessing, both confuses and excites him, and Jamison isn’t sure how he feels about him. Things turn from unusual to downright strange when people start insisting Mal isn’t quite human. And Jamison’s creepy dreams of crows and graveyards don’t make things any better for him. Will Mal stay around long enough for Jamison to figure out his secrets or will this stranger leave him wanting more?
Product Link: Available through Smashwords
Review: This story starts with a puzzle and ends with an enigma. Who, or what, is Mal? Jamison seems to accept everything too easily, and even when provoked into shooting, is unemotional over what’s happened. He may not initially accept demons exist, but makes no attempt to dig deeper and find out more about the man he rescued.
I wish I’d felt the story was creepy. The author uses this word, but I found it slow and maddening instead. I really wanted some meaty interaction between Mal and Jamison.
The author doesn’t make it clear that this was part of a series, and there’s no indication how many parts there will be.
However, if you enjoy series with cliffhanger endings, paranormal/demon, with a side dish of frustration, this is one for you.