Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“Wolf or vamp? Decide. It has to be now.”
Travis Boudreaux knows exactly how Sam feels, its an all too familiar situation. But as Travis and Sam are about to find out… when some doors close, the golden window of opportunity opens. Crimes against supernaturals require a new and different approach, and once the Feds show up, the Odd Squad isn’t the only law enforcement game in town.
With paranormal crimes flourishing and a revenge-seeking vampire creating deadly havoc, the new federal agent-in-charge is on a recruiting mission—and he’s more than ready to fight fire with fire. What do you get when you mix old friends, new enemies, and a license to kill?
Warning: This is an erotic urban fantasy. In this series the vampires don’t sparkle, werewolves kill, and the men sometimes have sex. With each other.
Alrighty then! With Deadly Shades of Gold, the romance of Sam and Travis is about to be well…something hot and wonderful. As well as totally unexpected. I loved this story wholeheartedly. It made me want to do a few high fives and “hell to the yeah’s”! To recap briefly, Sam and Travis were partners on the force and soon to be partners in love when a vampire attacked Travis and killed him. But Travis didn’t stay dead for long and his return (on the day of his funeral), revealed to the world that vampires and other supernatural beings were real and living along side of them. Surprise! And quite, naturally it split up Sam and Travis to go their separate ways.
In Deep Blues Goodbye, Sam became the focus of two warring supernatural groups and the end result was a life altering decision (not to be revealed here). The choice made is startling as is the effects it has on Sam, his career, and all those around him. It also brings Travis back into his life and that’s where this story takes flight for me more once more. I love this two together. Apart, its bittersweet but together? They become dynamic and compelling. It doesn’t matter whether they are human or supernatural, Harner and Webb have created a romance that feels powerful and real, a connection that jumps off the page and into your heart. This story starts them on the path back to each other and something more as it picks up from that moment.
I love how believable the authors made the characters adjustment to their new status. There’s plenty of confusion and pain to go around, second guessing and indecision often rules the day. The process of accepting and adjusting to being a supernatural takes time and we watch it happen as Sam works his way through this tumultuous period. More plot threads are revealed, including perhaps, a motive or two from the head villain himself. Unknown histories are starting to surface and more supernatural politics combine with romance for another superb installment in this series. I think this is my favorite so far.
I highly recommend this series. I love the world building, its layered and complicated, just like the characters themselves. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Cover art by Laura Harner. Love this cover, wish there was more branding to the series.
ebook, 134 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Hot Corner Press
seriesAltered States #2
charactersSam Garrett (Altered States), Travis Boudreaux
Books in the Altered States Series in the order they should be read:
• Altered States (Altered States, #0.5)
• Deep Blues Goodbye (Altered States, #1)
• Deadly Shades of Gold (Altered States, #2)
• Free Falling Crimson (Altered States, #3)