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I Belong

Review: Enslaved by the Others by Jess Haines

Enslaved by the OthersTitle: Enslaved by the Others

Author: Jess Haines

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: H&W Investigations (Book #6)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420124048 (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420124040 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Steph


Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse-the Others have joined the mortal world, and there’s no turning back now…

As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.

But although she’s desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what’s going on and somehow get a message out, she’s still a captive of the worst kind…

Quick & Dirty: Shiarra has been captured by the vampire Max and has no idea how she’s going to escape in this slow read that ultimately wasn’t for me.

Opening Sentence: My mind was a fragmented haze, but I found the glue necessary to pull it back together as soon as a voice I hadn’t heard in years–except in my nightmares–rang out.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Shiarra couldn’t imagine herself in a worse situation. She’s been captured by Max, an evil vampire who wants nothing more than bend her to his will. She’s trying to resist, but it’s becoming harder by the day. She continues to hold out hope that Royce will somehow find her and rescue her, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep hope alive. To add to all this, she’s realizing she’s no longer completely human. Whatever type of Other that infected her is slowly making changes to her body, and Shiarra has no idea what to do. Will she be able to escape Max’s clutches? Will she ever be fully human again?

I’ll preface this review by saying I have not read the previous books in the series. I hate not being up to date on a series that I’m reviewing, but my library didn’t have any of the previous books, so I had to go in blind. That being said, I tried not to let my lack of knowledge of previous events affect how I felt about this book. And to be honest, I really, really did not like this book. I feel like I can say with 98% certainty that my dislike had nothing to do with not having read the previous books, but I still wanted to put it out there before I started in on what I didn’t like.

First off, it felt like not a whole lot happened in the book. The first 40 percent or so revolves around a cycle of Shiarra being terrified of Max, Max leaving her alone for a while – during which time Shiarra attempts to escape – then Max punishes her, leaving Shiarra terrified and wondering if she’ll ever make it out of there. That cycle got old quickly. I’m a fan of heroines who, even if they’re afraid, refuse to show it in any way and continue to act in a tough manner. I couldn’t see any of that in Shiarra, and it frustrated me, especially when she kept hoping Royce would come save the day. Save yourself, woman! By the time she finally did make it out of there and the plot continued, I had pretty much no connection to Shiarra as a character and no interest in wanting to continue the story.

One of the other issues I had concerns the idea of Shiarra becoming an Other. It seems to only pop up when it’s convenient to the story. The rest of the time, it seems to be a total non-issue. Because of that, I had a hard time seeing what the big deal was, and I found myself really not caring much about it.

All in all, it seems this series just isn’t for me, which is sad because it has been on my to-read list for a while. After my experience with this book though, it’s looking like I’ll be taking it off that list.

Notable Scene:

He never strayed toward inappropriate territory, but the constant reminders that I was trapped and helpless was doing plenty to fray my nerves to the breaking point. I figured out before long that he was doing it on purpose to rattle me. A silent reprimand that no doubt would be followed by something worse once he was done dealing with his guests.

Their chatter shifted to talk of politics and investments. I made mental notes of incriminating mentions of their names and businesses on the off-chance I might get out of there someday. Never mind the lack of a retainer fee. Hunting down each and every one of these sick fucks pro bono, as a favor to the rest of humanity, would be my pleasure. Focusing on a future that might never come was better than pondering what Max might be planning to do to me as soon as this meeting was over.

While they discussed their business, one by one, the people were freed from their chains. Half a dozen men entered to usher them back to the rooms in the hall. The newcomers were all dressed in suits much like the ones Max’s men wore the day I was kidnapped off the street, back when I had met him the first time. The rapid, efficient way his people moved gave me the sneaking suspicion that this human trafficking business was something they did often.

Worse, none of the captives spoke a word or did a thing to struggle for their freedom. They moved where they were bid, but slowly, further cementing my suspicions that they were drugged. Please, God, don’t let them be so broken that they couldn’t fight for their freedom anymore.

Don’t let that be me someday.

The H & W Investigations Series:

1. Hunted by the Others

2. Taken by the Others

3. Deceived by the Others

4. Stalking the Others

5. Forsaken by the Others

6. Enslaved by the Others


FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Enslaved by the Others. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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