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Review: Blood of Innocence by Tami Dane

Title: Blood of Innocence

Author: Tami Dane

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Sloan Skye (Book 2)

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 075826710X (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-0758267108 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Gifted profiler Sloan Skye joins the hunt for an elusive serial killer–and discovers a breed of criminal few know exists . . .

A cynic by nature, Sloan Skye wasn’t thrilled when she was assigned to the FBI’s Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. But her doubts are slowly easing, especially when she sees that working on the fringe allows her to use some of her more unconventional tactics. Most of all, Sloan’s grateful her career is on track–because her love life, if you can even call it that, is in shambles.

Sloan is searching for a suspect who slays his female victims at night, and bizarrely drains their bodies of blood. Bad enough, but when Sloan learns what the killer is really after, she can barely sleep at night. When the suspect guns for someone very close to Sloan, it’s time to throw out the rules and face her deepest fears . . .

Quick & Dirty: Witty and dark urban fantasy with some unique elements.

Opening Sentence: There are three things I would have gladly given my right arm—and leg—never to see.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Sloan Skye has only been on the job for the PBAU (Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit) for a little over a week. As an intern, she has already helped solve one supernatural case. There isn’t a lot of staff for this joke of a department which allows Sloan valuable on the job experience. Her next horrible case doesn’t take long to start. Someone is killing women about to give birth, kidnapping their children and draining their blood silently while their husbands/boyfriends are asleep next to them.

Sloan is also in a bit of a love triangle with her cheating ex-boyfriend, Gabe, and her hot co-worker, JT, whom also has some baggage of his own. Sloan doesn’t want to date her co-worker for fear of it reflecting badly on her job performance. She really wants to be hired by the FBI when her internship is over. The love drama is crazy enough then add in Sloan’s father who just reappeared in Sloan’s and her mother’s lives after being legally declared dead and Sloan’s mother who has her own mental issues and may just have something in common with the case that Sloan is working.

Sloan is not as quirky as she was in the first book even her roommate Katie isn’t making strange experiments this time around. Sloan is mostly level headed having to deal with other people’s issues than her own. I’m not too sure how Sloan isn’t certifiably crazy herself between her drama with the men in her life, her family and the emotionally draining case. Sloan also meets another man that could be relationship material and right now he seems the better of the three vying for her attentions but I’m sure that could change in the future. There are things about each guy that I don’t particularly like especially the cheating but they both seem to want the best for Sloan. Right now I don’t really care who she ends up with just as long as she gets rid of some of that sexual frustration she has going on.

Blood of Innocence is kind of slow in terms of action but there is a lot of mystery and strange events happening that move the story along. The pacing is entertaining enough to keep you involved in the storyline but the running tension is not very high. The story is told strictly through Sloan’s first person point of view. The one thing I really like about this series is the use of different and unique species of paranormal creatures.

Overall, Blood of Innocence is a dark and engaging read. For fans of crime dramas with a supernatural twist. I am really looking forward to what is next for Sloan and the other characters in this series and I can’t wait to see what new creatures pop up next.

Notable Scene:

Something was touching my leg.

Creeping.

Crawling.

Oh, God, it was moving up, up, up.

I jerked upright and ripped the covers off myself.

I nudged JT.

He grunted and rolled over, seeming to be in a deep sleep.

A pink slithery thing wriggled on the mattress.

I shrieked like a girl and scrabbled away, crawling right on top of him.

That woke JT up. He clamped his arms around me and whispered, “I knew you’d change your mind.”

I smacked him, then flung myself on the floor. “It’s here! The thing!”

“Oh. Shit!” JT lunged forward just as I snapped on the lamp.

The pink proboscis slithered right out of JT’s hands.

“Shit, it’s slimy,” he cussed. “I can’t get a grip.”

The Sloan Skye Series:

1. Blood of Eden

2. Blood of Innocence

3. Blood of Dawn (December 4, 2012)

FTC Advisory: Kensington Books provided me with a copy of Blood of Innocence. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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