This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Flight from Mayhem by Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Fly by Night #2
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Purchase at: Amazon
New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn presents the second Fly by Night novel, set in the realm of the Otherworld.
I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting...
A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim's deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she's about to face her worst nightmare.
Supernatural creatures, sexy times and a murderer on the loose, this is a page turner! At first this was a little hard to get into without having read the previous book in the series, which in this case would have been helpful. Once the background information had been established I did come to find myself enjoying this book very much.
Shimmer is a blue dragon with a special connection to water from the Dragon Reaches who had been exiled, sentenced, to five years Earthside for being a naughty little dragon. As part of her sentencing she is bound in her human form unless she is in water, which is almost a curse for this dragon. Living in Seattle, Washington, Shimmer has begun to adjust to her new life with the help of her friends.
In dragon society lineage is everything and if you did not have a clue to your heritage well then you were a social outcast, a pariah. Being a foundling who grew up at the Lost and Foundling Orphanage Shimmer has never had friendship or companionship. Now six months into her sentence she is beginning to learn the nuances about relationships and starting to feel more comfortable with the people she finds in her life as well as her role with the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency.
With things heating up with Alex, her boss, parole officer and lover, Shimmer has to juggle a personal and work relationship, which might prove too much to handle. With Glenda, Alex’s ex-girlfriend, setting her sights on making their lives miserable, Shimmer has to decide where her heart lays. To add on to that drama there is also a serial killer targeting the elderly Fae. With the body count adding up the FH-CSI, Faerie-Human Crime Scene Investigation Unit, head has come to Alex seeking help with the investigation before the serial killer starts stalking other supernaturals or worse….humans.
There is also a matter of a loose Salamander from the realm of Fire who has a voracious appetite for any source of meat, be it human or other. Luckily Shimmer’s best friend a djinn named Chai is able to help out as he is also from that realm. With all these situations going on, finding the time to hunt a serial killer is going to be challenging.
After several unsuccessful attempts to find the killer, the team hatches a plan that is a long shot but with their backs to the wall the team has to try. Unfortunately before they are able to put the plan in action they are thwarted and have to come up with a plan B before their friend Bette is murdered herself.
If you enjoy supernatural creatures then this is the book (series) for you. There is a dragon, vampires, werewolves, fae, djinn, and other supernatural beasts. If that is not enough there is also a witch, ghosts, a haunting, and a stalker. This is an action packed book with good pacing that keeps the page turning until the end. There are some parts of the book that get an eye roll from me:
“It’s been a long time since I felt this was about someone. I can’t say the words yet….I won’t say then yet because I don’t want to jinx it, but…..”
I pressed my fingers to his lips. “Shush. Don’t. I’m not ready to say them either.”
I feel like this dialogue belongs in a high school drama sitcom. So there are moments with the dialogue that makes me roll my eyes but overall it is a really good story with a well-developed protagonist, rounded supporting characters, and subplots that are nicely tied together that add to the overall plot. This is definitely a series that I want more of and now I have to find the first book and read it!
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this ARC of Flight from Mayhem*